[Dshield] Securing Mandrake 9.1

Niel van Niekerk niel at vanniekerk.net
Thu Oct 2 21:37:53 GMT 2003

atius tira wrote:
> I have a Linux Mandrake 9.1 system up and I am 
> trying to learn how to use it to secure my LAN. But I am trying to use 
> Bastille to secure the Mandrake system and it wont run on 9.1 .
> Anyone know of a fairly easy way to accomplish this?

Hi Atius,

Some suggestions:

For securing the box itself - If you are running X-windows, open 
mandrake control center and have a look under the security tab. From 
there you can set a plethora of security levels, options, configurations 
and reporting. Alternatively if you really want to learn about what you 
are doing and why you are doing it, have a look at the HOWTOS 
(/usr/share/doc/HOWTO) and google for "securing linux" and do it the 
manual way.

For firewalling "man iptables" is your firend if you want the ulitmate 
control. Also google for iptables management software and see what takes 
your fancy (I like shorewall, but that is a personal preference. I also 
can't remember if it came with the mdk or if I downloaded it 
afterwards.). There are mdk control center and I think webmin (if you 
have it installed) options for configuring firewalling, but they never 
seem to work the way I intend them to, your experience with them may differ.

If you have specific questions feel free to ask on or offline.


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