BOOT-5180 - Linux boot services (Debian)

This information is provided as part of the Lynis community project. It is related to Lynis control BOOT-5180 and should be considered as-is and without guarantees. Any advice and commands should be tested before implementing them in production environments.

Control details


Lynis determines what services are started during runlevel 2 (boot). All boot services should be equal to the ones running, with the exception of the "one-time" processes. The latter group are processes which need a task to perform during or just after booting, like checking the file system. For all others it's common to be equal: if MySQL is running now, it is likely to be found in the boot services scripts as well. Missing processes in the boot list may lead to unavailability of important services after a reboot. Regular testing and reboots help in determining any missing services.

How to solve

Check the scripts manually with the shell script. Determine what services are missing after comparing them with the running process list (ps -ef).

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