Linked by Igor Ljubuncic on Mon 21st Jun 2010 09:35 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption I've bored the readers of my personal website to death with two rather prosaic articles debating the Linux security model, in direct relation to Windows and associated claims of wondrous infections and lacks thereof. However, I haven't yet discussed even a single program that you can use on your Linux machine to gauge your security. For my inaugural article for OSNews, I'll leave the conceptual stuff behind, and focus on specific vectors of security, within the world of reason and moderation that I've created and show you how you can bolster a healthy strategy with some tactical polish, namely software.
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RE[3]: Security
by Laurence on Mon 21st Jun 2010 18:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Security"
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"Well that's not really true as, generally speaking, Linux distros ship with more secure defaults than Windows does.

And may I remind people that Linux security features are not even turned up to full blast on default installations. It's this good out of the box but it's not even trying. There's room for increasing Linux security two-fold or more. Consider:

* mandatory AppArmor-based software whitelisting;
* mandatory separate /home and /tmp partitions with noexec,nodev,nosuid;
* restricting software installation to official repositories and their mirrors and denying direct install of debs/rpms/install kits by default;
* integrating and shipping default kernels that feature better ASLR and NX bit support.

May I remind you that I stated "more secure defaults than Windows" and not that "Linux's defaults are perfect" ;)

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