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Re: Linux Distribution Recomendation - RYO
From: "Andy F" <a__j__f () hotmail com>
Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 11:54:17 +0000


If you are looking for security related products, I think it is wise to look
at what those products cannot do instead of what they can do.

I second Peter on that. I am a firm beleiver in security through minimalism and have built a couple of my own distros. To really be in control you should consider rolling your own. There is an offshoot of the LFS (linux from scratch) project called HLFS (hardened lfs) who's list I follow. They are starting with a 2.4 Kernel and minimal audited toolchain to build a core incorporating some NSA work and other ideas. Should make a _very_ tight core for embedded and specialised secure applications.


The philosophy is simple and powerful -

1) Know what the system must do
2) Implement ONLY that functionality

In my case I want secure NAS boxes, which boils down to an xfs filesystem and scp - everything else has been pulled out - you can't even ls without moving in a toolkit:)

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