Linux (Hacking Exposed)

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Tighten holes and maintain security on your Linux system! From one of the authors of the international best-seller, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, comes a must-have security handbook for anyone running Linux. This cutting-edge volu

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"Throw up a Linux box," comes the chorus whenever there's a need to provide some network service or other without impinging upon the boss's martini budget. Fair enough, but by doing so are you opening security holes you don't know how to find or fix? The newest edition of Hacking Linux Exposed helps you answer that question and solve many of the security problems you find. To a certain extent this book is a recipe collection in that it describes weaknesses in Linux (calling attention to specific distributions where appropriate). The authors stop short of explicitly showing you how to wage most kinds of attacks, a reasonable thing to do from an ethical point of view even though the instructions can be found easily on the Internet. Rather than do that, they give step-by-step instructions on how to defend against the attacks they catalog. The point is not, "Here's precisely how to bring down a server by means of an ACK storm," but rather, "Here's how to defend against such problems." They do demonstrate plenty of weaknesses, though, as in their coverage of the conversation that goes back and forth between an FTP server and its client.

This book covers pretty much everything you'd want to do with a Linux machine as a network server. Read it and see some of the weaknesses in your system--and do something about them before someone else does. --David Wall

Topics covered: Security best practices, approached from the perspective of what can go wrong and what can be done about the problems. Specific coverage goes to all major services, including user management, FTP, HTTP, and firewalling.

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From the publisher who brought you the international best-seller, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions...

Learn how to think like a hacker in order to secure your Linux network

In the ever-changing world of global data communications, inexpensive Internet connections, and fast-paced software development, security is constantly being compromised. Linux has always been considered the digital playground for hackers. Many hacks, exploits, and network security tools are written on Linux because it's readily available. Hacking Linux Exposed: Linux Security Secrets & Solutions shows you, step-by-step, how to defend against the latest Linux attacks by understanding the hacker's methods and sinister thought processes. You'll learn how your adversaries gather information, acquire targets, escalate privilege, gain control, plant back doors, and cover their tracks. Each chapter is divided into bite-sized chunks, covering highly publicized and little-known break-ins, tips on why they occurred, and detailed countermeasures that no Linux professional can afford to be without.

  • Get details on the security features of each Linux distribution, including Red Hat Linux, SuSE, Debian, and Slackware.
  • Zero in on vulnerable systems using whois, traceroute, DNS zone transfers, OS detection, ping sweeps, and port scans
  • Detect Trojan horses, backdoors, password cracking, IP spoofing, session hijacking, and trail hiding
  • Implement Log analysis tools such as the Advanced Intrusion Detection Environment (AIDE) and advanced kernel security patches, including the Linux Intrusion Detection System (LIDS)
  • Learn how to prevent local users from getting root privileges
  • Prevent Denial of Service and other network attacks
  • Configure FTP sites, DNS servers, and other daemons securely
  • Plug common and obscure security holes in Sendmail, Qmail, Postfix, POP, and IMAP servers
  • Defend against Web server attacks using secure scripting techniques, user verification, and secure Apache Server configurations
  • Design, position, and test secure firewalls and other network access restrictions

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