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Mastering Linux Security and Hardening - Second Edition

By : Donald A. Tevault
Book Image

Mastering Linux Security and Hardening - Second Edition

By: Donald A. Tevault

Overview of this book

From creating networks and servers to automating the entire working environment, Linux has been extremely popular with system administrators for the last couple of decades. However, security has always been a major concern. With limited resources available in the Linux security domain, this book will be an invaluable guide in helping you get your Linux systems properly secured. Complete with in-depth explanations of essential concepts, practical examples, and self-assessment questions, this book begins by helping you set up a practice lab environment and takes you through the core functionalities of securing Linux. You'll practice various Linux hardening techniques and advance to setting up a locked-down Linux server. As you progress, you will also learn how to create user accounts with appropriate privilege levels, protect sensitive data by setting permissions and encryption, and configure a firewall. The book will help you set up mandatory access control, system auditing, security profiles, and kernel hardening, and finally cover best practices and troubleshooting techniques to secure your Linux environment efficiently. By the end of this Linux security book, you will be able to confidently set up a Linux server that will be much harder for malicious actors to compromise.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Section 1: Setting up a Secure Linux System
Section 2: Mastering File and Directory Access Control (DAC)
Section 3: Advanced System Hardening Techniques


We covered a lot of ground in this chapter, and we saw some really cool stuff. We began by looking at a couple of antivirus scanners so that we can prevent infecting any Windows machines that access our Linux servers. In the Scanning for rootkits with Rootkit Hunter section, we saw how to scan for those nasty rootkits. We also saw a couple of quick techniques to examine a potentially malicious file. It's important to know how to audit systems, especially in high-security environments, and we saw how to do that. Finally, we wrapped things up with a discussion of hardening our systems with OpenSCAP.

In the next chapter, we'll look at logging and log file security. I'll see you there.