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Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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OpenBSD and Your Security

Even though OpenBSD is tightly secured, intruders still break into OpenBSD systems. This might seem contradictory, but in truth, it means that the person running the computer didn’t understand computer security.

OpenBSD has many integrated security features, but you cannot assume that these features secure everything running on the system. That’s just not possible. No operating system can defend itself against operator error. An operating system can protect itself from software problems to a limited extent, but ultimately, the responsibility for security is the administrator’s.

Consider a web server—even OpenBSD’s integrated Apache server—running on OpenBSD. OpenBSD provides the web server with a stable, reliable platform, ...

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