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Re: [TCLUG:5793] security

Since there seems to be a lot of interest in security (which is good) I
think our next meeting's topic will be.....Security.

Tim, could you document everything you find about on your little
security adventure?

I am planning on speaking about what we are doing here at Honeywell
regarding security. But since I am not the greatest public speaker I
would appreciate some help. So if you are interested in talking about
how you secure your Linux system either at home or at work, let me know.

BTW, the next meeting is scheduled for June 5th.


Tim Wilson wrote:
> Good morning everyone,
> I've been thinking about security on my server lately. I've realized that
> I really need to get up to speed on security issues before my system gets
> cracked. I've been reading some docs on the subject, but I thought the
> entire list might benefit from this question. (Incidentally, I suppose
> this would be a good topic for the FAQ-O-matic, but I was having trouble
> figuring out how to use it. It didn't seem to want to accept my password.)
> Let's assume that you've got a newly installed Linux system on a
> brand-spankin'-new server. RedHat for example. Let's say that this machine
> will be a file server on a LAN with a mixture of Win9x/NT and Linux
> client. You will also be running a web server, ftp server, and would like
> to allow remote access from home for administration purposes. Once the
> system is installed, what steps should you take to secure the system?
> Let's contribute a list of steps, put them into some order, and place it
> on the TCLUG website or in the FAQ-O-matic. Here are some initial
> suggestions (incomplete, and in no particular order).
> 1. Install SSH on the server. Go to
> to download SSH.
> 2. Make sure you install TCP Wrappers to make some rules for allowing and
> disallowing access to services.
> 3. Read the Security-HOWTO at the Linux Documentation Project website
> (
> 4. Read the Linux Administrators Security Guide at
> Well that's a small start. Would others of you be interested in adding
> your $0.02?
> -Tim
> --
> Timothy D. Wilson                       "A little song, a little dance,
> University of MN, chem. dept.           a little seltzer down your
>                     pants."   -Chuckles the Clown
> Phone: (612) 625-9828                       as eulogized by Ted Baxter
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