Book review: Linux Server Security <i>by Michael D Bauer</i>

Book review: Linux Server Security by Michael D Bauer

While developed and supported with the best of intentions, Linux is still based on a wide range of different applications and systems working together. From the free software perspective this is its power; many people working together to produce a top quality operating system.

The cover of Linux Server SecurityThe cover of Linux Server Security

From a security stand point it can also be a curse. Although with full access to the source code you know exactly what different components are doing, the disparate nature of the applications can mean that securing all of the applications and services in Linux is significantly more difficult. For example, securing a web server may involve configuring Apache, transport layer security tools and OpenLDAP. Knowing how to correctly configure each of these units for security, rather than straightforward operation, can be difficult at worst and time consuming at best...

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Martin “MC” Brown is a member of the documentation team at MySQL and freelance writer. He has worked with Microsoft as an Subject Matter Expert (SME), is a featured blogger for ComputerWorld, a founding member of, Technical Director of and, and has written books on topics as diverse as Microsoft Certification, iMacs, and free software programming.