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Practical Linux Security Cookbook

By Tajinder Kalsi

Packt Publishing - ebooks Account
Released: 2016-04-29
Paperback (276 pages)

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Key Features

  • This book provides code-intensive discussions with detailed recipes that help you understand better and learn faster.
  • More than 50 hands-on recipes to create and administer a secure Linux system locally as well as on a network
  • Enhance file system security and local and remote user authentication by using various security tools and different versions of Linux for different tasks

Book Description

With the growing popularity of Linux, more and more administrators have started moving to the system to create networks or servers for any task. This also makes Linux the first choice for any attacker now. Due to the lack of information about security-related attacks, administrators now face issues in dealing with these attackers as quickly as possible. Learning about the different types of Linux security will help create a more secure Linux system.

Whether you are new to Linux administration or experienced, this book will provide you with the skills to make systems more secure.

With lots of step-by-step recipes, the book starts by introducing you to various threats to Linux systems. You then get to walk through customizing the Linux kernel and securing local files. Next you will move on to manage user authentication locally and remotely and also mitigate network attacks. Finally, you will learn to patch bash vulnerability and monitor system logs for security.

With several screenshots in each example, the book will supply a great learning experience and help you create more secure Linux systems.

What you will learn

  • Learn about various vulnerabilities and exploits in relation to Linux systems
  • Configure and build a secure kernel and test it
  • Learn about file permissions and security and how to securely modify files
  • Explore various ways to authenticate local users while monitoring their activities.
  • Authenticate users remotely and securely copy files on remote systems
  • Review various network security methods including firewalls using iptables and TCP Wrapper
  • Explore various security tools including Port Sentry, Squid Proxy, Shorewall, and many more
  • Understand Bash vulnerability/security and patch management

About the Author

Tajinder Kalsi is an innovative professional with more than 9 years of progressive experience within the information security industry. He has a good amount of knowledge and experience in web application testing, vulnerability assessment, network penetration testing, and risk assessment.

At present, he is working as an independent information security consultant. He started his career with Wipro as a technical associate, and later on he became an ISMS consultant cum technical evangelist. In his free time, he conducts seminars in colleges all across India on various topics, and he has covered more than 125 colleges and spoken to 10,000+ students.

In the past, he has reviewed books such as Web Application Penetration Testing with Kali Linux, Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing, and Advanced Wireless Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments.

You can find him on Facebook at, or contact him on his website at

Table of Contents

  1. Linux Security Problems
  2. Configuring a Secure and Optimized Kernel
  3. Local Filesystem Security
  4. Local Authentication in Linux
  5. Remote Authentication
  6. Network Security
  7. Security Tools
  8. Linux Security Distros
  9. Patching a Bash Vulnerability
  10. Security Monitoring and Logging

Security Strategies In Linux Platforms And Applications (Information Systems Security & Assurance)

By Michael Jang

Brand: Jones Bartlett Learning
Paperback (512 pages)

Security Strategies In Linux Platforms And Applications (Information Systems Security & Assurance)
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PART OF THE NEW JONES & BARTLETT LEARNING INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY & ASSURANCE SERIES! Security Strategies in Linux Platforms and Applications covers every major aspect of security on a Linux system. Written by an industry expert, this book is divided into three natural parts to illustrate key concepts in the field. It opens with a discussion on the risks, threats, and vulnerabilities associated with Linux as an operating system using examples from Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu. Part 2 discusses how to take advantage of the layers of security available to Linux―user and group options, filesystems, and security options for important services, as well as the security modules associated with AppArmor and SELinux. The book closes with a look at the use of both open source and proprietary tools when building a layered security strategy for Linux operating system environments. Using real-world examples and exercises, this useful resource incorporates hands-on activities to walk students through the fundamentals of security strategies related to the Linux system.

Linux Forensics

By Philip Polstra

Polstra Dr Philip
Paperback (370 pages)

Linux Forensics
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Linux Forensics is the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource for those wishing to quickly and efficiently perform forensics on Linux systems. It is also a great asset for anyone that would like to better understand Linux internals.

Linux Forensics will guide you step by step through the process of investigating a computer running Linux. Everything you need to know from the moment you receive the call from someone who thinks they have been attacked until the final report is written is covered in this book. All of the tools discussed in this book are free and most are also open source.

Dr. Philip Polstra shows how to leverage numerous tools such as Python, shell scripting, and MySQL to quickly, easily, and accurately analyze Linux systems. While readers will have a strong grasp of Python and shell scripting by the time they complete this book, no prior knowledge of either of these scripting languages is assumed. Linux Forensics begins by showing you how to determine if there was an incident with minimally invasive techniques. Once it appears likely that an incident has occurred, Dr. Polstra shows you how to collect data from a live system before shutting it down for the creation of filesystem images.

Linux Forensics contains extensive coverage of Linux ext2, ext3, and ext4 filesystems. A large collection of Python and shell scripts for creating, mounting, and analyzing filesystem images are presented in this book. Dr. Polstra introduces readers to the exciting new field of memory analysis using the Volatility framework. Discussions of advanced attacks and malware analysis round out the book.

Book Highlights

  • 370 pages in large, easy-to-read 8.5 x 11 inch format
  • Over 9000 lines of Python scripts with explanations
  • Over 800 lines of shell scripts with explanations
  • A 102 page chapter containing up-to-date information on the ext4 filesystem
  • Two scenarios described in detail with images available from the book website
  • All scripts and other support files are available from the book website

Chapter Contents

  1. First Steps
    • General Principles
    • Phases of Investigation
    • High-level Process
    • Building a Toolkit
  2. Determining If There Was an Incident
    • Opening a Case
    • Talking to Users
    • Documenation
    • Mounting Known-good Binaries
    • Minimizing Disturbance to the Subject
    • Automation With Scripting
  3. Live Analysis
    • Getting Metadata
    • Using Spreadsheets
    • Getting Command Histories
    • Getting Logs
    • Using Hashes
    • Dumping RAM
  4. Creating Images
    • Shutting Down the System
    • Image Formats
    • DD
    • DCFLDD
    • Write Blocking
    • Imaging Virtual Machines
    • Imaging Physical Drives
  5. Mounting Images
    • Master Boot Record Based Partions
    • GUID Partition Tables
    • Mounting Partitions In Linux
    • Automating With Python
  6. Analyzing Mounted Images
    • Getting Timestamps
    • Using LibreOffice
    • Using MySQL
    • Creating Timelines
  7. Extended Filesystems
    • Basics
    • Superblocks
    • Features
    • Using Python
    • Finding Things That Are Out Of Place
    • Inodes
    • Journaling
  8. Memory Analysis
    • Volatility
    • Creating Profiles
    • Linux Commands
  9. Dealing With More Advanced Attackers
  10. Malware
    • Is It Malware?
    • Malware Analysis Tools
    • Static Analysis
    • Dynamic Analysis
    • Obfuscation
  11. The Road Ahead
    • Learning More
    • Communities
    • Conferences
    • Certifications

Mastering Linux - Security

By Paul Cobbaut

Samurai Media Limited
Paperback (130 pages)

Mastering Linux - Security
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The Mastering Linux Series consisting of 6 books (Fundamentals, System Administration, Servers, Storage, Security, Networking) provides you with a solid foundation about the Linux Operating System. It abstracts from a particular distribution by giving you the background knowledge to easily work with any Linux distribution out there. - Printer Ink, Toner, & More

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