Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by lurningcerv, Oct 20, 2014.
How do I PERMANENTLY prevent a program(s) from going online in Ubuntu?
Not specific to Ubuntu, I think there is no good, easy solution.
Someone may advise you that you can restrict programX from accessing the network "by creating an AppArmor profile" ...but that demands hours (am I exaggerating?) of reading/researching/experimenting in order to understand the syntax of, and quirks inherent in, drafting a policy. OTOH, you might be able to find (in Ubuntu forums) a policy template which covers many of the Ubuntu pre-installed apps.
Across the linux landscape, no one is offering utility which provides a GUI & enables per-application network restriction of userspace programs.
A while back (at the time, I was very excited about finding it & I posted about it here on Wilders) a utility named "leopard flower" was available, hosted on sourceforge
but its developer has abandoned it.
Good luck. Here's a lead for you to followup: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1008906
There is probably a way to setup a group and group permissions (and probably a policy configuration) to execute network access programs on a restricted basis, and then the users that are not a member of the group cannot execute the programs that access the network.
If your intent is to disallow user's from running a browser - good luck with that!
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