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Old 01-11-2019, 07:23 PM   #1
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How OpenBSD is secure compared to other operating systems?

I read many times OpenBSD is the most secure system and it has a minimal code base which affects its security. I'm curious how OpenBSD is secure comparing to other operating systems from BSD family (mainly FreeBSD, NetBSD, and HardenedBSD) and comparing to any hardened Linux (for example Gentoo, Arch, Slackware, Debian, RHEL etc.). Let's take into account FreeBSD - if we wish containerization, it has jails, if we wish MAC then FreeBSD has its built-in while in Linux we have a lot of different approaches and solutions - SELinux, RBAC, Apparmor, Firejail, Docker, LXC etc.
Let's consider two cases:

1. desktop - we assume using this system mainly for day-to-day operations, programming, sysadmin, running pentesting distro in VM etc.,
2. server - a website written in whatever programming language (for example PHP, Python, Ruby), mail server, IRC bouncer, LDAP, VPN etc.
Are default applications in OpenBSD such as OpenNTPd, httpd, OpenSMTPd more secure than tlsdate, nginx, postfix and dovecot?
Old 01-11-2019, 07:43 PM   #2
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I recently read this article, updated as of last month, regarding OOTB security ranking of various OS:

Granted, security is a process, and even an OpenBSD box can be made unsecure by poor configuration choices.
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As you must have seen when you asked this question on multiple subreddits ... everyone has their favorites, and everyone has an opinion.
I have one too, which is:

Security is a process, it is not a product you install.

Whether "desktop" or "server" makes no difference. Any application you happen to run is a collective. The application, supporting services, libraries, subfunction systems, operating system, physical architecture, and microcode are all part of delivering something ill-defined and unclear called "security."
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