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themestream.com: Guidelines for Hardening Linux Web Servers

Jun 06, 2000, 18:51 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Giagnocavo)

[ Thanks to Patrick Giagnocavo for this link. ]

"Think of Linux security as a sort of "wedding cake". The two figures at the top are the root account. As a user (authorized or unauthorized) tries to gain more privileges leading up to root, it should be increasing difficult. Your objective is to add as many rings or layers as possible, making the potential cracker take more time to get in (and increasing the chance of you noticing and stopping him before he roots you.)"

"1. Physical Security
If sending this box to a colocation provider to put it on the Net, remember that others WILL be around your machine. While most colo providers are pretty good about making sure that people in the facility don't touch other people's computers, your aim should still be minimize the risk."

"2. Network Security
This is a big area. I can't cover it all in this article! Here are the highlights..."

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