Ramen and the Danger of Default Linux Configurations

    Date18 Jan 2001
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    f there's one area where Linux distributions miserably fail, it's in how services are configured right out of the box upon installation. Experienced users know enough to plug the many security holes present in a default Linux installation, but many Linux . . . f there's one area where Linux distributions miserably fail, it's in how services are configured right out of the box upon installation. Experienced users know enough to plug the many security holes present in a default Linux installation, but many Linux newbies -- and those experienced system administrators coming from the UNIX and NT worlds -- don't.

    Yes, it's true that the distributions have generally gotten better about plugging these holes in recent versions: Red Hat 7.0 does a slightly better job of this than Red Hat 6.2, but it's still not perfect. And in general, the Linux companies do a decent job of sending out security advisories to address these sorts of issues.

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