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REVIEW: "Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security", Yanek Korff/Paco Hope/Bruce Potter

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Han
    BKMFBAOB.RVW 20070923 Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security , Yanek Korff/Paco Hope/Bruce Potter, 2005, 0-596-00626-8, U$49.95/C$69.95 %A Yanek Korff %A
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      "Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security", Yanek Korff/Paco Hope/Bruce
      Potter, 2005, 0-596-00626-8, U$49.95/C$69.95
      %A Yanek Korff
      %A Paco Hope
      %A Bruce Potter
      %C 103 Morris Street, Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472
      %D 2005
      %G 0-596-00626-8
      %I O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
      %O U$49.95/C$69.95 800-998-9938 fax: 707-829-0104 nuts@...
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596006268/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596006268/robsladesin03-20
      %O Audience a Tech 3 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 445 p.
      %T "Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security"

      Part one provides a security foundation. Chapter one is a general
      introduction to security concepts. Most of the material is decent
      (though pedestrian), but there is an odd acceptance of security by
      obscurity, and the definition of "fail safe" is flatly wrong. Broadly
      applicable but intermediate security functions are discussed in
      chapter two. The utilities examined are not the basic functions
      normally noted in UNIX security texts (such as chmod), and the
      explanations do not start at a fundamental level. Therefore, those
      who intend to use this content to secure their systems should have
      solid experience not only with Linux administration, but also with the
      foundational security functions. Likewise, the secure installation
      deliberation, in chapter three, requires that the reader be thoroughly
      familiar with the cardinal operations for installing FreeBSD or
      OpenBSD (BSD being the Berkeley Systems Distribution of UNIX-like
      operating systems). Chapter four is an extensive grab bag of
      administrative tools and considerations.

      Part two is about deployment of specific applications or types of
      servers. Chapters five through nine address basic security issues,
      applications, and related utilities for Domain Name Service (DNS),
      email, web, firewall, and intrusion detection.

      Similarly, part three covers auditing and incident response in
      chapters ten (mostly logging) and eleven (mostly disk recovery, and
      not much of that) respectively.

      For advanced BSD administrators who want to add enhanced security
      tools to their arsenal, this is a good next step, although how useful
      it will be is left up to the reader.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2007 BKMFBAOB.RVW 20070923

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      There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe
      everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from
      thinking. - Alfred Korzybski
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