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Ubuntu Server Cookbook

By : Uday Sawant
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Ubuntu Server Cookbook

By: Uday Sawant

Overview of this book

Ubuntu is one of the most secure operating systems and defines the highest level of security as compared other operating system. Ubuntu server is a popular Linux distribution and the first choice when deploying a Linux server. It can be used with a $35 Raspberry Pi to top-notch, thousand-dollar-per-month cloud hardware. Built with lists that there are 4 million + websites built using Ubuntu. With its easy-to-use package management tools and availability of well-known packages, we can quickly set up our own services such as web servers and database servers using Ubuntu. This book will help you develop the skills required to set up high performance and secure services with open source tools. Starting from user management and an in-depth look at networking, we then move on to cover the installation and management of web servers and database servers, as well as load balancing various services. You will quickly learn to set up your own cloud and minimize costs and efforts with application containers. Next, you will get to grips with setting up a secure real-time communication system. Finally, we’ll explore source code hosting and various collaboration tools. By the end of this book, you will be able to make the most of Ubuntu’s advanced functionalities.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Ubuntu Server Cookbook
About the Author

Securing Docker containers

In this recipe, we will learn Docker configurations that may result in slightly improved security for your containers. Docker uses some advanced features in the latest Linux kernel, which include kernel namespaces to provide process isolation, control groups to control resource allocation, and kernel capabilities and user namespaces to run unprivileged containers. As stated on the Docker documentation page, Docker containers are, by default, quite secure.

This recipe covers some basic steps to improve Docker security and reduce the attack surface on the Ubuntu host as well as the Docker daemon.

How to do it…

The first and most common thing is to use the latest versions of your software. Make sure that you are using the latest Ubuntu version with all security updates applied and that your Docker version is the latest stable version:

  1. Upgrade your Ubuntu host with the following commands:

    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get upgrade
  2. If you used a Docker-maintained repository...