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Old 07-22-2004, 12:02 PM   #1
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Security Basics for SUSE 9.1?

I have recently managed to install SUSE 9.1 and get it to work with my dial-up provider. Other than downloading and installing all available updates with YAST and configuring printer permissions I am using it with it's default installation settings and have not yet configured a firewall manually. Is there some security running already in the default installation? Or am I running a big risk using the default install? I do not surf as root. The machine is currently not networked to anything else but the dial-up.
P.S. in the past five years I've made four attempts to switch to Linux. The SUSE 9.1 distro is the first to get me all the way to the web. I have arrived!! :-)
Old 07-22-2004, 01:34 PM   #2
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(this is just a matter of opinion)
no need to worry with firewall unless you are running services like
http server
ftp server
ssh server
mail server
and like that

since you are not serving a network no need to run net server services so if they are running by default
just turn them off (stop them from starting at boot)
(you can most likely stop xinetd if it's running as well)
I know nothing about SUSE but i bet you can turn off lots and lots of stuff from the defautl
security will be better and more importantly performance will be better.

it is also quite easy to use iptables firewall or whatever else comes with suse.

If you want to play with http server or something locally just start and stop it manually
Old 07-22-2004, 02:11 PM   #3
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open up YAST, the suse global configuration tool - got to security and users - firewall

YAST runs a quick wizard that should be self explanitory. basically you want to only enable http(80) and ssl(443)
Old 07-24-2004, 10:50 PM   #4
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Thumbs up Thanks!

I just want to thank you both for your replies, very useful info. I'm having good luck with this distro overall and look forward to installing it on my other machines once I learn to migrate my other key computer tasks.


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