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Dedicated Server Security Tips for Newbies

This post is dedicated to all of you running your church’s website in the choir robe closet, or who have been graced with a generous and geeky member who has taken advantage of one of those cheap, unmanaged dedicated server deals advertised at places like WebHostingTalk:

Richy’s Random Ramblings: Techy: Handy Security Tips.

As the author plainly states, “This list is not comprehensive, nor does [he] take any responsibility for any harm that may come to your server if you use any of these commands.” That said, I found this a very good “quick reference” for those of you thinking about running or leasing your own Linux/Apache server.

Along with the tips found on Richy’s site, here are some other things to worry about, each with a link to some other helpful “Security for Newbies” type page:

Now if this hasn’t scared you out of running your own server in the basement of your church or charity (and I’m hoping it does), then may suggest, no … I COMMAND YOU to go buy and then read “Hacking Linux Exposed” before you take the dive.

How ’bout some of you other pros out there. I’m sure I’ve missed something. Leave a comment, add to the list.

One Comment

  1. > if this hasn’t scared you out of running your own server…

    Unless you are a full-time linux admin, don’t do it.

    Some other resources for the foolish: Bastille Linux (http://www.bastille-linux.org/ ) is a script that helps you find and fix security holes in Linux. Linux Security (http://www.linuxsecurity.com/ ) has lots of resources. Linux Security Cookbook by Dan Barrett et.al. is another good book.

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