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(08/24/01) Hacking Linux Exposed, the latest from Bri Hatch, James Lee and George Kurtz, is a nice follow-up to their bestselling Hacking Exposed.
While not as groundshaking as its predecessor, the new book does provide
a good reference for people just starting with Linux. Anyone who is setting
up or planning to set up a Linux network should consider owning it, together
with the appropriate Linux administration manuals.
Hacking Linux Exposed
covers security administration issues such as FTP, sendmail (but for some
reason, not POP3/IMAP servers) and web server setup; it also discusses local
user security issues and touches lightly on Linux firewalling and other network
access controls (TCP wrappers).
book includes a big section on keeping your system updated, which outlines
methods used by several popular Linux distributions (rpm from RedHat, apt-get
from Debian and pkgtool from Slackware). This information is essential to
the security of any Linux machine, whether a home workstation or company
focus is Linux, but the book also covers some other important security areas.
It attempts to offer a total solution for Linux security, starting with general
infosec philosophy (such as proactive security), and moving on to physical
security, social engineering, Trojan programs, access control, user security
and server setup. Each security problem is rated for global risk on a 1 to
10 scale, factoring in frequency, simplicity and impact. In general, the
book is more encyclopedia than detailed guide, as it strives toward breadth