You Just Installed Red Hat? Now It’s Time to Fix the Names

The installer for Red Hat Enterprise Linux ported faithfully to CentOS, doesn’t give you a lot of control. Or at least not obvious control. You can work around some of the annoyances if you know the right tricks. Let’s look into fixing some of them after the fact. This will be a usefully challenging test […]
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4 Easy Ways to Practice Your Linux Skills

A few times now, a student taking Learning Tree’s Linux server administration course has told me that their Linux experience is rather limited. Specifically, that they took the introductory user course about a year ago and they “haven’t done much since.” Me: “Uh-oh. So, how much have you used the command line since that course?” […]
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Introduction to UNIX-family File Permissions

Learning Tree’s System and Network Security Introduction course begins with a description of the four fundamental concepts of cyber security: authentication, confidentiality, integrity, and availability. That leads into a discussion of authorization: “who is allowed to do what.” The conclusion is the “access equation”: Authentication + Authorization = Access (We also discuss situations where access is […]
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Ways to Manage Your SSH Keys and Identities

I wrote a series of blog posts a while ago about SSH authentication using cryptographic keys rather than passwords. I discussed why SSH keys provide easier authentication, how to set up an SSH key agent, and how to maintain multiple websites. There are two areas of security to consider regarding SSH. I think of them […]
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How To Add Virus Scanning to Linux

Isn’t Linux virus-free? By the classic meaning of “virus”, yes. But there is malware for Linux. But Shouldn’t We Worry? What about the more traditional sense of “virus” we worry about on Windows operating systems? What about the risk posed by hostile data hitting user platforms through e-mail, web, and removable media? To the extent […]
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