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O'Reilly: Securing Linux: Why It's Worthwhile and Achievable

Oct 10, 2002, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael D. Bauer)

"According to Linux advocates, Linux is among the most versatile, stable, and securable operating systems ever developed. But according to its detractors, Linux is neither as reliable nor as trustworthy as other Unix variants. BSD proponents, for example, sometimes charge that Linux's code base is too convoluted to ever be as 'tight' as OpenBSD or even FreeBSD.

"I don't presume to know in any definitive way whether Linux is more or less securable than other Unix variants. What I do know is this: Linux is useful, stable, and securable enough to warrant the time and effort required to 'harden' it against Internet threats. This article explains some of the reasons I believe it's both possible and worthwhile to secure Linux for use as an Internet server platform..."

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