Security Portal: Trinux Revisited
Jan 30, 2001, 07:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ronald L. Mendell)
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"Learning about Trinux will give you instant fame and riches,
right? Well, not exactly, but it can offer a compact security
solution for your PC. This unique distribution of Linux boots from
one or two floppies and inhabits only RAM. Think of it as a
slimmed-down Linux, which is small enough to avoid install hassles
on your PC's hard drive, but will still give you considerable
security power. Trinux may not make one rich, but it may help
protect one's treasures."
"An open source product released under GNU's Public License,
Trinux addresses security problems such as packet sniffing, sniffer
detection, and intrusion detection. Trinux also comes with
utilities containing strong cryptography such as OpenSSL and Open
"The Trinux OS ships with packet analysis tools such as tcpdump
and the console version of Ethereal. These tools allow an inside
look at what's going on with traffic on your network. Nmap, also
included in the Trinux implementation, allows the user to probe for
vulnerable ports and inappropriate services. It uncovers potential
exploits of FTP, IMAP, POP, DNS, and HTTP. And, as Michael H.
Warfield comments in his article, "Securing Linux,"
Applying the Principle of least privilege and the
Principle of minimum access ensures that you open up your system to
the least amount."