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Network Magazine: Building a Robust Linux Security Solution

Mar 07, 2000, 21:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ramón Hontañón)

"Linux possesses a stable, robust, open-source kernel whose quality is subject to daily scrutiny by thousands of "power users" around the world. As with any other open-source system, once vulnerability is identified, it is typically published and verified within hours-with a fix typically available in days. While Linux still faces serious challenges as a Windows replacement in the office environment, its ability to perform as an enterprise server is no longer in question."

"The open-source nature of Linux may require that you devote some time and effort to staying abreast of the latest security advisories and available kernel versions, but it also means you can exercise tight control over system resources, right down to the kernel layer. This is time well spent when you consider the potential consequences of a successful network attack...."

"Linux has finally reached the maturity level necessary to be considered a viable security platform. Open-source solutions have some well-known drawbacks (lack of support, spotty documentation), but Linux makes up for them with a proven design, a rock-solid kernel, and the ever-growing support of software vendors that see Linux as a much-needed revolution in the Unix landscape."

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