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RE: Newbie: RedHat 8 or OpenBSD??
From: "Michael Vaughan" <list () predator-hunter com>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 13:52:20 -0500

In answer to your question..."It Depends".

It will depend on how experienced your engineers are with Linux.
OpenBSD can be a pain to install and configure.  RedHat on the other
hand is comparatively easy to setup. OpenBSD from what I understand is
the most secure version out of the box but again securing it 'could' be
a pain. However, you can get scripts to harden Redhat fairly well. In
addition, You CAN further Harden Redhat by patching the Kernel:
http://www.nsa.gov/selinux/index.html thereby further hardening the
Linux server.  As to which version is 'more secure', that is (IMHO)
entirely subjective and dependant on the experience of those that will
be setting up and managing the server(s).

-Michael Vaughan
mvaughan () predator-hunter com

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-----Original Message-----
From: GSG Designs [mailto:gsgdesigns () hotmail com] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2002 3:56 PM
To: security-basics () security-focus com
Subject: Newbie: RedHat 8 or OpenBSD??

I'm fairly new to this, so please bare with me.  If this question has
asked in the past, I apologize.  I'm new to the listserv as well.

We are discussing starting our own web server.  There is debate on
RedHat 8 or OpenBSD is more secure.  What are your thoughts?  We will be

doing online orders with credit card info, etc.  Do you have any
to point us to?  (We will be running Apache, probably a 'duh'.)


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