Slackware Hardening Tutorial

Slackware hasn’t been in the spotlight for ages, but before I go into a long rant about how the only Linux I would dare use is Slackware, lets get to the point.

Slackware is known for its security, but as we all know; systems are only as secure as their administrators are paranoid, however, it helps to have good (great) foundation.

Jeffrey Denton (dentonj) has compiled an elaborate tutorial on improving the overall security of Slackware Linux. I’ve known dentonj from IRC for a good bit of time, and though he has kicked me for being a dink a few times, he has my respect. I’ve read through this tutorial and found it up to par for even the most paranoid. Surprisingly enough, most of it I have already done. Other parts I found so ingenious, I had to implement them.

Please take note that dentonj is doing some contract work in Iraq at the moment… or “war driving in the states got boring,” as he put it… so the document is still a work-in-progress.

You can read the document here or here.

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  • http://www.xyberpix.com xyberpix

    Nice article, not a great fan of Slackware, but it’s in my top three, Gentoo, Debian, then Slackware. Great for servers.

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  • fgibbs

    Excellent article. Thank you. Those of us who use the “old beast” find this information very useful. Slackware has a following like Elvis: a selected, but extremely dedicated, group. Thanks to all and well wishes to our friend in Iraq!

  • jd

    I’d have to say this is a great tutorial. I haven’t looked for it but it appeared in my google search, read some of it and got to say i like the tutorial. I have been using slackware in the past 6 or 7 years, never had any problems with it, like you said above in the article, system security depends on how paranoid administrator is. The main reason why i never switched to any of the above mentioned flavors is, many of them require high end systems, where with slackware even an old box can be used for something, such as router, firewall, nfs-server, etc.

    Great tutorial.