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I am setting up a small Fedora server.  It's been some time since I've installed a Linux server and I've fallen out of touch with technology advances.  I use the server primarily for my personal email and web pages.  There is nothing of a sensitive nature on the machine so security isn't critical.  But I'd like to prevent the machine from being hijacked and used for nefarious purposes like spaming or DOS attacks on other systems.  I'd like to lock it down and keep out unauthorized access.

So my question is:  Got any good recomended resources for me?  I prefer dead trees to online.  I may be a throw back but I like having a book sitting next to the monitor while I work.  But online resources are OK too, I'd just have to print them to my own dead trees :)

Thanks
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Try Bastille Linux for Fedora
http://www.bastille-linux.org/

It is a script with graphic interface to help user to lock down the security.
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As an online resource you may be interested in http://dedicated-resources.com/. It has a few tutorials and the security center has some guides which will get you started with securing SSH and installing APF/BFD etc.
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Thanks for all the help.  The installation is going badly.  Every time I make any progress the power goes out and I have to start over.  Eventually I'll finish and check out these links.
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:D Wow, well on one last note, thanks for the points we all enjoy these types of questions. I think for new users Mandriva may be a much friendlier flavor as it has vast hardware support, great flexability, and URPMI allows for customization to install and update packages within the system. Lately I've noticed it is getting tougher for coporate users to get Mandriva as the ISO images I've seen are on BitTorrent, and many large organizations firewall (*or at least try) BitTorrent.

Mandriva, as does Fedora, has a lot of features and wizards (basically perl wrappers on the CLI) so that you can run them without X windows, and still manage the system fairly easily. Both systems also offer security features in the Extreme!

On the fallback, I also suggest you take a look at Slackware. It's a bit less user friendly, but once again has lots of support, and is a source based distribution so you can compile in many features where RPM's may fail. Also Slack is "fire and forget" so that if you get everything working, you should be able to run the system wide open performance, tweak parameters and system features, and only have to watch the machine from a casual stance (updates, major events on the Internet, logfiles filling, etc..)
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