- James Turnbull
Oh, a book on iptables? No. Oh, sure, this does cover iptables, but this is a complete,
soup to nuts Linux security book, starting with installation and proceeding right through
to what to do if you have been breached. About the only thing not covered is web server
security which, as the author explains, needs a whole other book (and there is one:
RedHat and Debian differences are noted, with an occasional nod
toward Suse. I was really impressed by both the breadth and depth
of coverage here, and by the practical advice. Right off the bat
he tells you the same advice I keep giving people: if you don't
need it, don't run it. He then goes on to cover the details of
things you probably will be running.
At 400 pages, with content covering everything from root kits, email security, ftp,
dns and bind, file systems, pam authentication, firewalls, penetration testing and more,
the most amazing thing about this is how well the topics are covered. Obviously
many of these subjects could run hundreds of pages by themselves, and yet the author has
captured the most important details and explained the basic concepts quite weill.
Recommended for anyone running Linux.
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