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Exploring Freebsd 7.2 - Part 2 - Security and Setup

Jun 16, 2009, 07:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lake)

"Upon first bootup, allow the OS to load completely until it reaches a login prompt. The first time it boots up, you'll notice that the OS does a LOT of things, far more than it's ever done before. The last step before reaching the login prompt is the generation of the RSA and DSA system keys.

"Freebsd 7.2 uses a 2048 bit RSA/DSA pair, allowing for considerably more security than previous versions. Another interesting, if slightly comical addition, is the inclusion of RSA and DSA random art images. It's a 11 row by 20 column box filled with letters, numbers and punctuation marks that's apparently supposed to show you what the key looks like or something.

"It's an interesting novelty, but since it really has no bearing on this tutorial, I'll move on. I only wanted to mention it, since if I hadn't, everyone would have pestered me about it."

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