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Old 05-15-2004, 01:22 AM   #1
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Question UnSpawn's Newbie Guide

I thought I would start a new post. I apologise if the moderators feel otherwise but I felt it would best if someone could read it from the get go rather than sweep through post after post. I'm a newbie to Linux myself and I know what it feels like knocking my head against the wall trying to ascertain what has to be done to make Linux secure. The only guides I have found to be both "free" and comprehensive can be dowloaded from Now I feel these guides cover Linux and security reasonably well and beyond the issue of which distribution. I don't consider them the answer to my prayers but at least I part of my questions can be answered. I hope my post helps someone out there.
Old 05-15-2004, 01:40 AM   #2
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Have you taken a look at the security references thread (by unSpawn)? You can find a number of guides on securing a linux box there.

One of the problems with make a "real simple" newbie manual. is that everyones configuration will likely be different (ie. you may just want to secure some clients, while someone else wants to lockdown a production webserver that is going to take a beating) so a "one-size-fits-all" approach is not always the best way.
Old 05-15-2004, 02:31 AM   #3
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Capt_Caveman, yes I have. I do however feel in my opinion that most guides remain disparate. I agree we can't have a "one size fits all" solution however I am quite certain in most scenarios, there would be a common approach to Linux security. I think for newbies, it's best to understand commands followed by what resides where and the followed by basic lockdown using availabel tools. I suppose the next step would be approach security case study by case study based on common scenarios e.g. building a firewall, securng a web server, etc. I would be glad to help in any way I can. All ask is to help "quench my thirst" for understanding Linux well.


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