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When "Practical Unix Security" was first published more than a decade ago, it became an instant classic. Crammed with information about host security, it saved many a Unix system administrator from disaster. The second edition added much-needed Internet security coverage and doubled the size of the original volume. The third edition is a comprehensive update of this very p ...more
ebook, 988 pages
Published February 21st 2003 by O'Reilly Media (first published 1991)
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I expected this to be a bit out of date, of course (1996 edition!) but I was surprised how timeless a lot of the advice is. A very comprehensive book, covering a lot of basic Unix sysadmin topics where they touch on security, and sadly that has not aged as well as the general principles. So it's a weird mix and if there were a fourth edition, I'd be picking it up. Since the third came out in 2003, though, I suspect they're not going to go for it, instead leaving the field to more specific topica ...more
TK Keanini
This book is nearly 2 inches thick. It is still useful as most of UNIX still has the same security model. At the very least, if you are serious about security, you will want to have read it because you will want to know how things began and therefor how they have evolved (for better or worse)
Barry Alexander
If you want a fairly comprehensive overview of security principles on the Linux platform, this is a good book to start with. It is a tad dated in some places, but overall still relevant.
Probably the driest book I've ever read. On the other hand, this book makes some excelent points, including how important Backups are to computer security.
I need to get the 3rd edition
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