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Securing Debian Manual

Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña <jfs@debian.org> ‘Authors’ on this page

Version: 3.13, Thu, 04 Nov 2010 00:04:12 +0000

Abstract

This document describes security in the Debian project and in the Debian operating system. Starting with the process of securing and hardening the default Debian GNU/Linux distribu- tion installation, it also covers some of the common tasks to set up a secure network environ- ment using Debian GNU/Linux, gives additional information on the security tools available and talks about how security is enforced in Debian by the security and audit team.

Copyright Notice

Copyright © 2002-2007 Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña

Copyright © 2001 Alexander Reelsen, Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña

Copyright © 2000 Alexander Reelsen

Some sections are copyright © their respective authors, for details please refer to ‘Credits and thanks!’ on page 28.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/ old-licenses/gpl-2.0.html) or any later version (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/ gpl.html) published by the Free Software Foundation. It is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY.

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Introduction

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1.2 Where to get the manual (and available formats)

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1.5 Things that need to be written (FIXME/TODO)

 

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1.6 Changelog/History

 

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1.6.1 Version 3.14 (March 2009)

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CONTENTS

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1.6.17 Version 2.98 (December 2003)

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1.6.19 Version 2.96 (August 2003)

 

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1.6.20 Version 2.95 (June 2003)

 

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1.6.24 Version 2.91 (January/February 2003)

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1.6.28 Version 2.6 (September 2002)

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Credits and thanks!

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2 Before you begin

 

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3 Before and during the installation

 

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3.1 Choose a BIOS password

 

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3.2 Partitioning the system

 

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