March 2, 2005

Hardening Linux: A New Book from Apress

Julie Miller writes "Berkeley, CAâ1 March 2005âWhile Linux networks have not traditionally been a focus of hackers, with the rise in popularity of open source software, itâs only a matter of time before businesses using open source technologies will need to take a more proactive role in hardening, or securing, networks.

With this in mind, Apress and James Turnbull have come together to publish Hardening Linux. Aimed at system administrators familiar with Linux, but not necessarily security, this book offers over 500 pages of securing techniques. While Hardening Linux comprehensively discusses everything from restricting compilers to mail servers to BIND, Turnbull admits, âNo single book on security, even a book on the security of a single operating system, will ever answer all the security questions or address all the possible threats. This book is about providing risk mitigation and minimization.â

Also realizing that one of the main challenges faced by system administrators is finding the balance between a user-friendly network and one that isnât susceptible to attack, particularly for users accustomed to the freedoms associated with the Linux OS, Turnbull takes care to ensure that both users and system administrators will be satisfied with the hardening techniques presented. âThe configurations and examples I provide are designed to ensure your Linux hosts are hardened against attack while not limiting the functionality available to your users,â says Turnbull.

Highlights of Hardening Linux:

⢠Balances usability and security for users and system administrators
⢠Contains multiple checklists at the end of each chapter
⢠Offers additional securing advice for many popular open source applications, including Samba, MySQL, Webmail, and Squid Proxy Server
⢠Applicable for users of Red Hat, Debian, Mandrake, and SUSE

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Apress Authors: The Expertâs Voiceâ¢

James Turnbull is an IT&T security consultant at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He is an experienced infrastructure architect with a background in Linux/Unix, AS/400, Windows, and storage systems. He has been involved in security consulting, infrastructure security design, SLA and support services design, and business application support.


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Apress L.P., based in Berkeley, California, is a fast-growing publisher of technical books devoted to meeting the needs of information technology professionals. Apress is dedicated to publishing titles of the highest quality and has compiled a team of authors that reads like a veritable "Who's Who" of the computing industry.

Hardening Linux

James Turnbull

Published 7 February 2005 * ISBN: 1-59059-444-4 * $44.99 US * 584 pages"

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