2.1. ArchitectureΒΆ

The whole configuration of the Fedora Security Test bench is always made on top of a minimal Fedora installation or a default installation. It doesn’t matter if the target system is a physical one or a virtual machine. After the installation of Fedora (or one of Fedora’s downstream distribution like RHEL, Scientific Linux, etc. if wished [1]) is done and the setup the SSH connection is finished, Ansible is used to distribute the configurations of all included items.

It’s possible to setup multiple Test benches at the same time with different features. Thanks to Ansible it’s very easy to integrate new features or omit things. The so-called playbooks are easy to read and to write.

- hosts: all
  user: root
  - name: install default motd file
    template: src=fedora-motd.j2

Built-in modules facilitate the configuration tasks and templates supports the Jinja2 engine.

<Location />
  Order deny,allow
  Deny from all
  Allow from
  Allow from {{ ansible_eth0.ipv4.network }}/24

Ansible is based on Python and doesn’t need a client on the managed system.

For a permanent lab setup and for performance reasons separating and/or multiplying the Test benches would be a good choice.

All application and services included by the Fedora Security Lab Test bench are running on a current minimal Fedora installation. The Lighttpd server acts as primary web server and is serving the web interface of the Test bench. A MySQL server is available for database interactions and is hosting the databases for the vulnerable web applications.


[1]For EPEL aren’t the same packages available as for Fedora. Please keep this in mind when trying to run the Test bench on a non Fedora machine.