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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

Remotely connecting from Windows desktops

I know, all of us Penguinistas would like to use Linux, and nothing but Linux. But, in an enterprise environment, things just don't always work that way. There, you'll most likely have to administer your Linux servers from a Windows 10 desktop machine that's sitting on your cubicle desk. In Chapter 1, Running Linux in a Virtual Environment, I showed you how to use either Cygwin or the new Windows 10 shell to remotely connect to your Linux VMs. You can also use these techniques to connect to actual Linux servers.

But, some shops require that admins use a Terminal program, rather than a full-blown Bash Shell such as Cygwin. Normally, these shops will require that you use PuTTY on your Windows machine.

PuTTY is a free program that you can download from here: