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Last Review by Capt_Caveman - posted: 12-14-2004 11:48 PM [ Post a Review

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For those not familiar with the O'Reilly "Hacks" series, these are organized as a number of 1-3 page tutorials, each focusing on a very specific topic that are then grouped into larger "chapters". The key point being that they are not comprehensive manuals, but rather a loose assortment of "Tips & Tricks". So if you're a security newbie looking for a basic manual or a skilled admin trying to find a BIND compendium, then this probably isn't the right book for you. That being said, the Network Security Hacks book has some really great walk-throughs to get you started on those projects that "you've really wanted to do, but never new how" like setting up IPSec, kernel-hardening with grsecurity, setting up keyless SSH logins, and automating Snort. It also covers some of the more basic topics like checking for running daemons with netstat, basic iptables and pf stuff. One interesting feature of this book that set it apart was that it was fairly multi-platform, with sections covering Windows, BSD, and Linux. It also has a fairly sizeable section devoted to Snort and covers topics like Snort inline, barnyard, deploying distributed Snort sensors, as well as others. In general I would highly recommend any of the books in the "Hacks" series, including this one.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Network Security Hacks" by Capt_Caveman - posted: 06-25-2004 - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review by Capt_Caveman - posted: 12-14-2004 11:11 PM [ Post a Review

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Been reading this for awhile. Has a good mix of articles on production-grade stuff (MySQL clustering, BerkleyDB, Grid computing) and things the average home user will find usefull (stream mp3s, use yum, iptables GUIs). The Tech Support section is surprisingly well written and the author is clearly genius.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "Linux Magazine" by jeremy - posted: 03-29-2004 - Rating: ******* 7.00

Last Review by Capt_Caveman - posted: 05-11-2004 06:37 PM [ Post a Review

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Despite the fact that this book is getting a bit outdated, it does manage to cover a wide range of security topics that many of the others skip completely. It's also written in a fairly entertaining style, so it's relatively easy to read despite its size. Covers alot of important newbie details like the reasoning for multiple partitions, tcp_wrappers, turning off services, etc. Some of the exploits and security tools are getting a bit old, so hopefully a new edition will be released soon. In general though, I would recommend this book to people looking to get some basic introductory security knowledge and aren't looking for a book describing the most bleeding-edge tools or exploits.

Rating: 7
Product Details: "Maximum Linux Security Second Edition" by Capt_Caveman - posted: 03-23-2004 - Rating: ******* 7.00

Last Review by Capt_Caveman - posted: 02-11-2004 08:39 PM [ Post a Review

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This book is 520 pages devoted entirely to SSH! It includes detailed coverage the history of SSH and the underlying network and cryptographic mechanisms which make up the SSH protocol. It also shows you in fairly explicit detail how to set up everything from password-less logins to complex encryption tunneling schemes. If you use SSH alot and find yourself wishing you could fully utilize it's features, this book is for you.

Rating: 8
Product Details: "SSH The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide" by Capt_Caveman - posted: 02-11-2004 - Rating: ********* 8.50

Last Review by Capt_Caveman - posted: 02-11-2004 07:52 AM [ Post a Review

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As the description states, this book is not a comprehensive manual on securing a Linux system from the ground up. So it's not recommended for a security newbie looking for a basic manual or security HOWTO. What it does provide are a series of handy tips and techniques on hardening your systems security. This book is packed with really powerfull tips that even a seasoned sysadmin would find usefull.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "Linux Security Cookbook" by Capt_Caveman - posted: 02-11-2004 - Rating: ********* 9.00


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