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Security Strategies in Linux Platforms and Applications by Michael Jang

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Chapter 2. Basic Components of Linux Security

THIS CHAPTER COVERS BASIC COMPONENTS of Linux security. It also gives you an overall view of how this book discusses Linux security. As such, it paves the way for future chapters, which contain details that you can implement on your networks.

The essence of Linux is the kernel, the most important component in Linux security. The starting point for any operating system is the boot process. This chapter examines security in both areas. It moves beyond the basic operating system with an overview of security risks associated with Linux applications. Linux security also depends on the authentication databases that apply to users and groups. User security forms the foundation for file ownership and access ...

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