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UNIXReview: Linux System Security [Book Review]

Jun 10, 2000, 14:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott McMahan)

[ This book review appeared on 9 May, but we're posting it to the current news page because of the importance of the topic - LT ed. ]

"FINALLY! I could stop with a one-word review, because that's all Linux System Security requires: it is the only book I've ever seen that discusses Linux security administration, hitherto an obscure area learned informally from word-of-mouth and experimentation. If you need to learn how to implement Linux security, this is it! I can't recommend this book highly enough for those who need to learn Linux security from scratch."

"he book starts with the basics, discusses security in general, and then gets more specific, with detail on certain packages. The book has been written for Linux, and contains many Linux-specific topics. However, there is enough information in the book to help administrators of other systems simply because there is so little documentation available on free security tools. The book really digs into various Linux tools, such as the IP firewall capabilities, PAM (which I knew nothing about prior to reading this book), SSH, and others. Every topic discussed is worthwhile, because none has been particularly well documented elsewhere."

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