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Linux Security Cookbook, Paperback / softback Book


Computer security is an ongoing process, a relentless contest between system administrators and intruders.

A good administrator needs to stay one step ahead of any adversaries, which often involves a continuing process of education.

If you're grounded in the basics of security, however, you won't necessarily want a complete treatise on the subject each time you pick up a book.

Sometimes you want to get straight to the point. That's exactly what the new "Linux Security Cookbook" does.

Rather than provide a total security solution for Linux computers, the authors present a series of easy-to-follow recipes-short, focused pieces of code that administrators can use to improve security and perform common tasks securely.

The book includes real solutions to a wide range of targeted problems, such as sending encrypted email within Emacs, restricting access to network services at particular times of day, firewalling a webserver, preventing IP spoofing, setting up key-based SSH authentication, and much more.

With over 150 ready-to-use scripts and configuration files, this unique book helps administrators secure their systems without having to look up specific syntax. The book begins with recipes devised to establish a secure system, then moves on to secure day-to-day practices, and concludes with techniques to help your system stay secure.

Some of the "recipes" you'll find in this book are: controlling access to your system from firewalls down to individual services, using iptables, ipchains, xinetd, inetd, and more; monitoring your network with tcpdump, dsniff, netstat, and other tools; protecting network connections with Secure Shell (SSH) and stunnel; safeguarding email sessions with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL); encrypting files and email messages with GnuPG; and probing your own security with password crackers, nmap, and handy scripts.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 310 pages, index
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Linux
  • ISBN: 9780596003913



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