As noted in a previous article I have been working on a couple new Linux servers with a minimal install of CentOS on them. The /var, /usr, and / directories each were configured with 2GB of space within a logical volume group that has 1TB of space available. I first expanded the /var and /usr directory from 2GB to 20GB and then expanded the root, or /, directory from 2GB to 30GB. Once all three of these directories were expanded I next needed to create a new logical volume group and a partition to hold PostgreSQL data. Use the information below to create a new logical volume, format it with the ext3 file system, mount it, and configure it to be mounted automatically upon the next boot of the server.
A couple days ago a CentOS Linux server that I took over administration on had some mysterious files show up in the /tmp and /var/tmp directories. The files were placed in /tmp and /var/tmp by the apache user meaning there is some form of security hole in Apache, PHP, or one of the virtual hosts has an insecure application installed. Before looking into where the issue is I needed to lock things down so no applications could be executed from these directories in the future regardless of a security flaw in the future. Below are instructions on how to secure /tmp and /var/tmp.