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George Brown
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Joined: Sep 26, 2000
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Can anyone recommend a distribution (preferably minimal) to use as a secure linux installation? There is a wide variety available but I'm looking for personal recommendations.
My requirements are primarily as a firewall but also to include webserver, ftp, etc capabilities.
All opinions/responses are much appreciated.
Tim Holloway
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Joined: Jun 25, 2001
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The most secure Linux is the one with the fewest installed apps - and the most up-to-date security patches.
Beyond that, there are two options I know of: standard linux and linux built with a security-hardened kernel (I forget the name of the project, but it keeps even root from doing a lot of stuff).
As to specific distrubutions, I have no experience.

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Guy Allard
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Joined: Nov 24, 2000
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Hi - the word 'security' can mean a lot of things ..... but my $.02 are:
It is not distro dependent.
Get a cutting (not bleeding) edge 2.4 kernel. Build it with appropriate options.
Uninstall ipchains if present, and get current maintenance for iptables.
Hand craft a firewall using iptables - lots of examples at

HTH, Guy
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