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Description - Linux Security Cookbook by Daniel Barrett

Computer security is an ongoing process, a relentless contest between system administrators and intruders. A good administrator needs to stay one step ahead of any adversaries, which often involves a continuing process of education. If you're grounded in the basics of security, however, you won't necessarily want a complete treatise on the subject each time you pick up a book. Sometimes you want to get straight to the point. That's exactly what the new "Linux Security Cookbook" does. Rather than provide a total security solution for Linux computers, the authors present a series of easy-to-follow recipes-short, focused pieces of code that administrators can use to improve security and perform common tasks securely. The book includes real solutions to a wide range of targeted problems, such as sending encrypted email within Emacs, restricting access to network services at particular times of day, firewalling a webserver, preventing IP spoofing, setting up key-based SSH authentication, and much more. With over 150 ready-to-use scripts and configuration files, this unique book helps administrators secure their systems without having to look up specific syntax. The book begins with recipes devised to establish a secure system, then moves on to secure day-to-day practices, and concludes with techniques to help your system stay secure. Some of the "recipes" you'll find in this book are: controlling access to your system from firewalls down to individual services, using iptables, ipchains, xinetd, inetd, and more; monitoring your network with tcpdump, dsniff, netstat, and other tools; protecting network connections with Secure Shell (SSH) and stunnel; safeguarding email sessions with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL); encrypting files and email messages with GnuPG; and probing your own security with password crackers, nmap, and handy scripts.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780596003913
ISBN-10: 0596003919
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 180mm x 23mm)
Pages: 310
Imprint: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
Publish Date: 13-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Daniel Barrett

Dan Barrett has been immersed in Internet technology since 1985. Currently working as a software engineer, Dan has also been a heavy metal singer, Unix system administrator, university lecturer, web designer, and humorist. He has written several O'Reilly books, as well as monthly columns for Compute! and Keyboard Magazine. Dan and his family reside in Boston. Richard E. Silverman has a B.A. in computer science and an M.A. in pure mathematics. Richard has worked in the fields of networking, formal methods in software development, public-key infrastructure, routing security, and Unix systems administration. He is the co-author of SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide. Robert G. Byrnes, Ph.D., has been hacking on Unix systems for twenty years, and has been involved with security issues since the original Internet worm was launched from Cornell University, while he was a graduate student and system administrator. He is currently a software engineer at Curl Corporation, and has worked in the fields of networking, telecommunications, distributed computing, financial technology, and condensed matter physics.

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