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    Linux Security

    I've just installed Fedora Core 3 onto a machine, which is connected with broadband to the internet.

    I'm concerned about security, because I thought the general concensus was that a Linux OS 'can' be made more secure than a Windows OS. However i'm new to any OS other than Windows, and my ignorance with this new OS is worrying me.

    I've got a firewall called Firestarter, but can't seem to download Hijackthis, so it will work on Linux.

    I'd appreciate any links on software to get now, and any links to things I could read to improve my understanding and increase my knowledge.

    I'm just starting a CompTIA certificate, and I thought gaining an understanding of OS's additional to Windows was something I needed to do; as this is a current weakness of mine. Any help or advice you could offer would be much appreciated.

    Here's to removing ignorance...

    Many Thanks,

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    Re: Linux Security

    Originally posted here by crone
    I've got a firewall called Firestarter, but can't seem to download Hijackthis, so it will work on Linux.

    I'd appreciate any links on software to get now, and any links to things I could read to improve my understanding and increase my knowledge.
    Hijackthis is a windows program, no use on Linux..

    Have a look through the tutorials section..
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    Re: Re: Linux Security

    Originally posted here by SirDice
    Hijackthis is a windows program, no use on Linux..
    Even more so, HijackThis is a tool to identify InternetExplorer abusing stuff.. No IE on linux.. loads of other browsers..

    Two tools for scanning your linux for trojans are chkrootkit and rkhunter..
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    I thought the general concensus was that a Linux OS 'can' be made more secure than a Windows OS.
    Although I'm a Linux Fan, that is misinformation... We have many threads in AO on that subject that will provide you a wealth of info.

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    Agreed, while its good to experiment with news OS's, maybe you should read up on security before you throw a wide open machine on the internet. Its just like windows, it needs updates, patches and overall tweaking or it as just as insecure as the next operating system.
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    yum down Bastille and run it.

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    try this.

    http://usat.sourceforge.net/

    fyi - linux is not "more" secure than windows!! the same rules apply. you still have to patch regularly and harden servers.

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    http://www.linuxsecurity.com/
    is a nice site with loads of resources concerning different topics in securing linux machines
    For example:
    Linux Security Quick Reference Guide pdf

    Furthermore I would like to mention the general:
    Linux Administration Made Easy.

    Hope it helps, cheers.

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    I'm in the same boat as Crone :
    I'm totally in the dark without Windows

    So, I cannot really add much to the thread, I'm posting more to explain why I've subscribed .......

    Was at an interview, and the guy gave me a link to rute

    some good? tutorials there.
    Plus a link to linuxemporium
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    Some good links there fox. :-)

    IMO, Linux is just UNIX. And again, IMO, much simpler system to configure & secure than Windows - which I personally think is a very overly complicated OS. God, just the registry hive alone in Windows is a nightmare. Who came up with that moronic way to micro manage an OS.

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