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Mastering Linux Security and Hardening

By : Donald A. Tevault
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Mastering Linux Security and Hardening

By: Donald A. Tevault

Overview of this book

This book has extensive coverage of techniques that will help prevent attackers from breaching your system, by building a much more secure Linux environment. You will learn various security techniques such as SSH hardening, network service detection, setting up firewalls, encrypting file systems, protecting user accounts, authentication processes, and so on. Moving forward, you will also develop hands-on skills with advanced Linux permissions, access control, special modes, and more. Lastly, this book will also cover best practices and troubleshooting techniques to get your work done efficiently. By the end of this book, you will be confident in delivering a system that will be much harder to compromise.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Title Page
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Preventing brute-force password attacks

Amazingly enough, this is another topic that engenders a bit of controversy. I mean, nobody denies the wisdom of automatically locking out user accounts that are under attack. The controversial part concerns the number of failed login attempts that we should allow before locking the account.

Back in the stone age of computing, so long ago that I still had a full head of hair, the early Unix operating systems only allowed users to create a password with a maximum of eight lowercase letters. So in those days, it was possible for early man to brute-force someone else's password just by sitting down at the keyboard and typing in random passwords. That's when the philosophy started of having user accounts get locked out after only three failed login attempts. Nowadays, with strong passwords, or better yet, a strong passphrase, setting a lockout value of three failed login attempts will do three things:

  • It will unnecessarily frustrate users
  • It will cause extra...