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  • Paperback: 988 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (3 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596003234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596003234
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The third edition of Practical UNIX & Internet Security contains--to an even greater extent than its favourably received predecessors--an enormous amount of accumulated wisdom about how to protect Internet-connected UNIX machines from intrusion and other forms of attack. The world's most business-critical transactions run on UNIX machines, which means the machines running those transactions attract evildoers. Furthermore, a lot of those machines have Internet connections, which means it's always possible that some nefarious remote user will find a way in. This book is fat with practical advice on specific defensive measures (to defeat known attacks) and generally wise policies (to head off as-yet-undiscovered ones).

The authors' approach to UNIX security is holistic and clever; they devote as much space to security philosophy as to advice about closing TCP ports and disabling unnecessary services. They also recognise that lots of UNIX machines are development platforms, and make many recommendations to consider as you design software. It's rare that you read a page in this carefully compiled book that does not impart some obscure nugget of knowledge, or remind you to implement some important policy. What's more, the authors have a style that reminds their readers that computing is supposed to be about intellectual exercise and fun, an attitude that's absent from too much of the information-technology industry lately. Read this book if you use any type of UNIX in any mission-critical situation. --David Wall

Topics covered: security risks (and ways to limit them) under Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, and FreeBSD. Coverage ranges from responsible system administration (including a selection of usernames and logins) to intrusion detection, break-in forensics and log analysis. --Robert Lawton, Amazon.com

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"It's almost impossible to criticize such a venerable work as this, and there can be little doubt that backed up by online resources, this will form a solid foundation and reference work for years to come." - Martin Howse, LinuxUser & Developer, Issue 30 "If you know nothing about Linux security, and only have time for one book, you should start with Practical Unix and Internet Security." - Charlie Stross, Linux Format, September

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 1999
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This book explains everything in extreme detail. it doesn't just say "right - type this type that and your computer is safe" it helps you think about what the best plan for security is by targeting individual threats. it was just one of the clearest and well explained books I have ever read, i wasn't confused by any of the chapters because it was all so well explained!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Dec. 1999
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This book goes into UNIX 'security' in excellent detail. Whilst a lack of gloss and colour make the 1000 pages heavy going, the information that is included between the covers certainly covers the topic in hand and goes into great detail in the areas which really count. As Jamie says, the lengthy explanations of all topics covered mean you get a great understanding of all aspects of security, from the firewall to UNIX password cryptography to risk assessment. Having said that, 'newer' areas of security, such as next gen IDS and PKIs are missing, and an updated volume would be welcomed (please)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David E. Hamilton on 9 April 2000
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This is second best book I have ever read. Very hard to put down. This book has helped me with my internet and unix security. A must read for all Internet and Unix users
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