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Old 05-11-2005, 09:17 PM   #1
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Secure Linux Distro Hardened for Server Operation

Hello all!

I'm fairly new to Linux, but am wanting to set up a secure Linux server which will incorporate a web server w/SSL, SFTPD, SSHD, a mail server, and finally, a MySQL server.

After much research, I am still at odds over which distro would be most suitable (in security capabilities) to host these servers.

Is there a distro which comes pre-hardened and secured against the most recent exploits/vuln.?

Any ideas or guides which would be of interest in securing and hardening a linux distro for server use, please let me know.

I am planning on running this distro as a dedicated server in a DMZ.

Old 05-11-2005, 09:29 PM   #2
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Welcome to Linux Questions!!!

take a look at this distro:

and here's some tools you can use to harden other distros if you want:

just my , good luck...

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Old 05-13-2005, 01:37 PM   #3
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Debian and Tools

Debian is an excellent server distro.

They have hardening software packages for the distro too. I find it a rock-stable distro with excellent flexibility.

Some complain about the lack of a new stable version, but every 3-5 years works great for me.

If you are learning, you may want to download the testing installer and work with it a while. By the time you are comfortable deploying a server in a production environment, I would hope it becomes the new stable.
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yeah, there's a hardened debian distro called adamantix:


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