2Hardening Solaris Systems

Solaris systems are highly configurable. Even before installing additional software, the administrator has the opportunity to make hundreds of choices about how to set up the operating system itself. These choices include which services to enable, the specific configuration settings of each service, and additional settings that apply to the system as a whole.

There is no single “right answer” to any of these configuration choices. If there were, that choice could be set permanently in the operating system, and there would be no need for it to be configurable. Indeed, the process of hardening a computer system is one of making choices and trade-offs that maximize security, while still supporting the intended uses of ...

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