[PLUG] Linux Security Quickstart?
buchholz at easystreet.com
Thu Sep 23 09:55:03 PDT 2004
Michael Rasmussen wrote:
>On Thu, Sep 23, 2004 at 02:42:21PM +0000, j a wrote:
>>I have a Fedora Core 2 box and am about to get a DSL connection. Before I
>>hook up, I'd like to increase my security. Can anyone recommend a good
>>Linux Security Quickstart for Dummies? I don't know anything about
>>networking, how to close ports, set up a firewall, etc.
>1) Fedora Core 2 offers to set up firewalling as part of the setup. Accept the offer.
>2) as root on your new FC2 box run `chkconfig --list | grep on` That will give you a
> list of running services. Figure out what you don't need and shut them down with
> chkconfig --del <unneeded service> && /etc/init.d/<unneeded service> stop
IIRC (from the Taroon-list mail list), it is better to use 'chkconfig
<unneeded service> off'
than to use '--del'. The stated reason was that after an upgrade, a
"deleted" service would
be re-enabled, but the "off" setting would be honored and the would not
>3) Bastille will walk you through the process of security hardening your box while
> teaching you about the issues. You can learn more and get a copy at
>After you've done the above remember that we're always here.
>Having said all that, a firewall or an operating firewall on your box is the #1
>line of protection. Remember to control what goes out as well what comes in.
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