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Network Computing: Unix Security: It Doesn't Have To Be So Insecure

Aug 24, 1999, 04:33 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert J. Kohlhepp)

"My Unix servers are stable and flexible. I set them up and they run forever, unless someone mucks with them. However, because of them, I must read security bulletins, download, patch and reboot, and fret about breakins. Unfortunately, the only way to avoid this is to use a server OS that has no (or very few) native IP services, such as MacOS or NetWare (pre NetWare 5).

"Not only does Unix security seem unattainable, so does Unix installation to a general audience. Many vendors have started to address this but, we are a long way from a quick installation of a solid, secure Unix system."

"By default, most Unix systems implemented for Internet-accessible services need very few of the packages that are install by default. For our server, we simply commented out almost every single line in the /etc/inetd.conf file. Why doesn't this happen by default?"

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