Bastille 1.2 Fortifies Linux

 
 
By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-04-30 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Administrators managing servers running Red Hat Linux or MandrakeSoft's Linux-Mandrake can look forward to an updated version of the Bastille Linux security-hardening program to be released very soon.

Administrators managing servers running Red Hat Linux or MandrakeSofts Linux-Mandrake can look forward to an updated version of the Bastille Linux security-hardening program to be released very soon.

I praised Bastille Linux 1.1 last year for its comprehensiveness and ease of use. The 1.2 release, which was in Release Candidate 3 stage as of mid-April, adds a graphical client, supports current versions of Red Hat Linux and Linux-Mandrake, and is able to do a more complete job of analyzing system configurations than before.

The package walked me through setting up a local firewall, removing root permissions from executables that didnt need this power, limiting root log-ins to the console, setting a password on the Linux boot loader Linux Loader, deactivating unneeded devices, setting resource usage limits and making a number of other security-conscious changes.

Each configuration choice in the software is accompanied by a clearly written explanation of what the program is going to do, why the action is important and what possible side effects there might be.

The software is available at www.bastille-linux.org.

 
 
 
 
Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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