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Real World Linux Security (2nd Edition)

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Average Customer Rating: 4.59

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: Beginners Dream
Comment: They say that hindsight is 20/20, and this couldn't be any closer to the truth after reading "Real World Linux Security" by Bob Toxen. Even after the first few chapters, Bob provides the reader with a wealth of information about basic and critical steps needed to secure Linux systems. The best aspect of this book is its cross-distrobution compatibility. Bob provides you with plenty of information on system hardening tactics that you can, easily too, harden any Linux distrobution, whether it be Redhat, Slackware, Debian, or a lesser known distro. All in all this is a wonderful book for all levels of Linux users and SysAdmins, from newbies to very experinced users. Being new to System Administration, this book was worth every penny.

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: Security that works!
Comment: This book is at the top of my list when it comes to Linux security books. It
has more information on securing Linux than any other I've read. And when I
say Linux, I mean Linux not the plethora of applications and servers that run
on Linux. Granted, it touches on some of the more "standard" servers, like
Apache, Sendmail, and Samba. But the majority of the book is dedicated to
securing Linux, servers, and applications in general. So, if you are looking
for a book to tell you how to lock-down ProFTPD, this isn't it. Because of
this limited scope, unlike other Linux security books that try to cover
everything imaginable, it manages to cover the topic thoroughly.

The book starts off with "quick fixes" and then moves on to more advanced
security issues. This is done so that you can get your system relatively
secure as soon as possible, and deal with securing some of the more obscure
and complex things in a progressive nature. It deals with just about

everything from making your users choose hard to crack passwords, to defining
a written security policy, to collecting information about break-ins and
getting law enforcement involved. This is a real well rounded and robust

Two things make this an awesome addition to any Linux user or administrator's
collection. First, the author knows Linux inside and out. I was quite
surprised to see security solutions that include kernel modifications as an
option. In addition to his knowledge of Linux, the author has a very jovial
writing style that you seldom find in books of a technical nature. I felt no
need to force myself to read this book, because the author's writing style
was engaging kept my attention. Second, the author (and Prentice Hall)
included a CD with the book that contains software that the author wrote or
modified (to extend its functionality and/or usefulness). The CD itself is
worth the price of the book alone.

This book is a good buy and I would recommend picking up a copy of this book
if you are running Linux in a business or home environment.

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: Simple, concise, easy to read
Comment: Bob Toxen came out with a valuable book which is easy to comprehend, and can be implemented immediately into production systems. His examples are clear and direct to the point, which makes reading and understanding a breeze.

Whether you've been working with internet security or just starting, this book is a must have!