Fedora 17 Hardening – Part 1 – Introduction

So, you’ve decided to move to the latest and greatest version of Fedora. Good choice. It’s a fantastic distro. Seriously. If you’ve not played around with it, stop what you’re doing right now, and grab the ISO from the homepage. You won’t be disappointed.

Still, like any operating system, it needs to be hardened (unless you’re using OpenBSD. And let’s face it. You’re probably not using OpenBSD) in order to prevent various nasty individuals from wrecking havoc on your machine . The following tutorial glances over what you will need to do in order to ensure that your box is secure.

Firstly, a few points need to be made:

  • This is, by no means, an alternative to common sense. Any amount of hardening you do is useless if you fail to do common sense tasks such as running regular updates, using a firewall and pretty much anything else that is obvious to anyone who watched “The Girl WIth The Dragon Tattoo”.
  • It is also not an exhaustive guide. If I’ve missed anything you think is relevant, let me know and I’ll do a quick write up.
  • A sizable amount of what you’re going to read is poorly-written regurgitations of my NCLA/Linux+ instructor’s lecture notes. He’s also a very nice man, and you should follow him on twitter.
  • Also, if your box gets popped, it’s not my fault. These sort of things happen.
  • If I’ve made a mistake (it happens), or if you disagree with a point I’ve made, please comment below or in any of the articles and I will address the issue.

Happy Hardening!

Click here to view the first chapter.

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About Matthew Hughes

Matthew Hughes is a software developer, student and freelance writer from Liverpool, England. He is seldom found without a cup of strong black coffee in his hand and absolutely adores his Macbook Pro and his camera. You should follow him at @matthewhughes.

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