Lynis is a security auditing tool for Linux


Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

The Lynis package is available in the repositories and can be installed using apt:

sudo apt install lynis

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS


Note: These steps are modified from the original instructions on the Lynis website, as I have apt-transport-https installed and translations disabled already.

Import GPG key:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver \
--recv-keys C80E383C3DE9F082E01391A0366C67DE91CA5D5F

Add Cisofy’s repository:

echo "deb stable main" | \
sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cisofy-lynis.list

Install lynis package:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install lynis

Check installed version:

lynis show version

Perform system check

sudo lynis audit system

Generate HTML report

sudo lynis audit system | ansi2html -lw > report.html

-l disable word wrap
-w use a white background