Practical UNIX and Internet Security, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: April 1996
Pages: 1004

When Practical UNIX Security was first published in 1991, it became an instant classic. Crammed with information about host security, it saved many a UNIX system administrator and user from disaster.

This second edition is a complete rewrite of the original book. It's packed with twice the pages and offers even more practical information for UNIX users and administrators. It covers features of many types of UNIX systems, including SunOS, Solaris, BSDI, AIX, HP-UX, Digital UNIX, Linux, and others. The first edition was practical, entertaining, and full of useful scripts, tips, and warnings. This edition is all those things -- and more.

If you are a UNIX system administrator or user in this security-conscious age, you need this book. It's a practical guide that spells out, in readable and entertaining language, the threats, the system vulnerabilities, and the countermeasures you can adopt to protect your UNIX system, network, and Internet connection. It's complete -- covering both host and network security -- and doesn't require that you be a programmer or a UNIX guru to use it.

Practical UNIX & Internet Security describes the issues, approaches, and methods for implementing security measures. It covers UNIX basics, the details of security, the ways that intruders can get into your system, and the ways you can detect them, clean up after them, and even prosecute them if they do get in. Filled with practical scripts, tricks, and warnings, Practical UNIX & Internet Security tells you everything you need to know to make your UNIX system as secure as it possible can be.

Contents include:

  • Part I: Computer Security Basics. Introduction and security policies.
  • Part II: User Responsibilities. Users and their passwords, groups, the superuser, the UNIX filesystem, and cryptography.
  • Part III: System Administrator Responsibilities. Backups, defending accounts, integrity checking, log files, programmed threats, physical security, and personnel security.
  • Part IV: Network and Internet Security: telephone security, UUCP, TCP/IP networks, TCP/IP services, WWW, RPC, NIS, NIS+, Kerberos, and NFS.
  • Part V: Advanced Topics: firewalls, wrappers, proxies, and secure programming.
  • Part VI: Handling Security Incidents: discovering a breakin, U.S. law, and trust.
  • VII: Appendixes. UNIX system security checklist, important files, UNIX processes, paper and electronic sources, security organizations, and table of IP services.
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Dear O'Reilly, thank you very much for publishing a book which gives a solid foundation to people like myself. There is just one point of concern however:

The first comment/request made for a updated version of this book (which I feel is long overdue) was made in September of 1999. We are currently in July of 2002. How many requests must we as readers make before you decide to update the book to include new developments?

There are many valid reasons for you to consider in updating this excellent book, but I'm sure you are already aware of them all.

Regards

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This is a book that has at one point deserved a Definitive! rating. Now we need the third edition! Please.

 
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This is a Good Book Basically.

But the author has to work for third edition as some of the details became obsolete (DNS,Sendmail etc)

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The best book I've ever read about security, readable for a dummy too!

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