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Solaris 8 Security by Edgar Danielyan

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UNIX and Security

Time has shown that the original UNIX design was a well-thought-out and successful idea. Unlike many other operating systems, UNIX was, and is, a universal operating system: one that works equally well on both $200 desktop PCs and $200 million multinode supercomputers. However, this universality and flexibility have in some cases resulted in an environment that is difficult to configure and use. UNIX may be compared to a Swiss army knife. It has many features and is useful, but it is difficult to use (try doing something with a Swiss army knife with all the blades, scissors, and other things open). UNIX is reasonably secure for reasonable uses when reasonably configured. However, in some cases, the cost of security is flexibility. ...

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