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Old 08-15-2002, 11:51 PM   #1
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newbie easy question(i think)


hi,
I installed Mandrake on my computer because I want a secure box.
How do I find out or How can I tell If my box is secure enough? thanks
any way of finding out if its secure?
 
Old 08-15-2002, 11:55 PM   #2
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Scan to see what ports are open first. Then see what services your running and then eliminate any you won't need. Then setup a good firewall to make your box more secure.

That's what I would suggest doing first. If your not familiar with doing any of these things, browse our security forum as there is tons of good info there.
 
Old 08-16-2002, 12:08 AM   #3
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To scan ports use nmap, preferably from a remote machine if possible, you need to know your box's IP address. nmap and its frontend - nmapfe are bundled with Mandy as well as with any other well known distro's, to get the latest version of nmap go over to http://www.insecure.org
Fyodor made hell lot of a job creating the most recognized and versatile port scanner (and not only a port scanner) which is nmap.

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Old 08-16-2002, 03:45 AM   #4
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In terminal/console, type

tinyfirewall

no to all, yes to save.
 
Old 08-16-2002, 04:15 AM   #5
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There's a very nice utility to do the scans. It's called Nessus. It can not only scan, but it also tests for security holes in the services you have.
 
  


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