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Thread: Guides to securing redhat as email server

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    Guides to securing redhat as email server

    Hi there,
    I finally got my redhat 9 running as a email server (Sendmail) with dynamic dns address. I would like to thank the moderators and user in this forum for that. Thank you.

    But the thing is ever since I install it I never practice any security precaution and performance guide lines. I normally do a autopartition and install redhat. Now I would like to know more about how to design the linux box so that it can be more secure and stable. Any recommended book ? Because this linux box will be mainly hosting email accounts.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Guides to securing redhat as email server

    You need to turn off all services that you aren't using. RedHat by default enables many services that you don't use, or need.

    These are no brainers, but I'll mention them. Root needs to have a strong password. I also think the main user should also have a strong password.

    It's a good idea to keep the software upto date as updates can contain fixes for security issues.

    Running a firewall is one of the best defenses out there. I would sugest a Linux box using IPTABLES personally, but not everyone has that option.

    In a purely administrative purpose partitioning the hard drive into certain parts. For example, / /usr /usr/local /var etc... would make your server easier to manage through upgrades and whatnot.

    That's about all I can tell you off the top of my head.
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