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Old 06-23-2005, 07:15 AM   #1
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Question OpenBSD vs Linux+PaX+SSP+RSBAC

I want to ask you all what you think would be more secure out of OpenBSD and Linux (Slackware or Debian) with PaX, SSP and RSBAC? Obviously either could be messed up by bad admin but assuming up to date with patches etc and with good admin.

I plan to use the system as a web and email server for home and as a desktop (different computers). Security is far more important to me than bleeding edge so I want a secure desktop too. Any thoughs appreciated. Thanks.
Old 06-23-2005, 07:41 AM   #2
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I prefer Linux, OpenBSD is more secure out of the box. It all depends on how much time you want to spend securing it. Windows is secure if you take the time to secure it (and the money).

Pick the one that you feel most comfortable with. You can't go wrong with either.
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OpenBSD is good for both www/email and it is out of box quite secure. Some simple rules

Run only needed services
Install only needed apps
Install firewall (pf/iptables)
Update system whenever new security bugs comes out and keep eye on mailing list which gives bugs info
Old 06-23-2005, 07:05 PM   #4
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OK, thanks for the replies tangle, nixcraft. I know its open to personal preference but its good to hear others. I think I'm leaning towards OpenBSD at the moment. Mainly because I dont have a lot of time and PaX+SSP+RSBAC can be a bit of a bitch to set up. Also because I like the OpenBSD philosophy. When I have more time I may switch though.



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