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Crossroads: Introduction to Linux Networking and Security

Sep 29, 1999, 05:43 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Borowski, Wei-Mei Shyr)

"Linux is a member of the UNIX family but is different than most UNIX implementations because it provides a great UNIX server/workstation environment at a low cost, can be run on a wide variety of platforms, and contains no proprietary code. In this article, we will give a brief introduction to the IP networking services, how to configure them, and how to set up a relatively secure Linux workstation..."

"Linux supports a full and high quality implementation of the TCP/IP networking protocols. With a network interface card or a modem and PPP, one can connect a machine to a local area network or the Internet and have access to many additional services and network utilities. Linux provides two methods of establishing host-network services..."

"People often ask, "How secure is my machine?" The answer is that any publicly accessible machine is necessarily insecure and vulnerable to security problems. Hence, we should take proper steps to minimize the vulnerability. There are three different aspects of security: physical, system, and network."

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