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RE: Secure host newbie
From: Bénoni MARTIN <Benoni.MARTIN () libertis ga>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 18:46:53 +0100

Hummm... IpTables is not so difficult than that, and neither Apache!! You can have a correct config. of both of them 
being a newbie:) And everyone has been a newbie one day!

Quick tools to secure your RH could be Bastille and FWbuilder (www.fwbuilder.org). the first one audits your machine 
and offers a basic security of your machine, and the second one is a GUI for IPTables/IPChains/PIX/..., quite a good 
tool!





-----Message d'origine-----
De : Xilo Musimene [mailto:xilopublic1 () ca inter net] 
Envoyé : mercredi 31 mars 2004 15:35
À : Niek; security-basics () securityfocus com
Objet : Re: Secure host newbie

Don't expect to be an expert on specific topics such as 
iptables/apache/ect.
The linux 2.4 firewalling, and the apache daemon are both complex entities.
Even tho you can read a lot about them in a few days, I find you need to 
grow
accustomed to them. Both have a whole lot op options, security settings,
and of course best practices to follow.

I expect to be as careful as possible with these topics.  Once I'll have 
a firewall I'll most probably ask you guys if my rules set is good...


Furthermore, I would _NOT_ recommend using any non-commercial Redhat 
version
on a production machine. As mentioned before, Redhat stopped (will stop) 
support
for the non-commercial Redhat.
Vanilla Redhat 7.3 is exploitable in many ways. I personally like 
Slackware,
but any distro that has an eye for security/support/ect will do.

Please stop telling me RedHat 7.3 is a bad choice, I have no control 
over what distribution is installed.

All I can do is try to secure it myself.

Thanks,
   Simon


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