The CIS Linux benchmark: Security best practices for Red Hat and Fedora Core
Source: Newsforge - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Host Security The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a non-profit association for the promotion of computer security. Its members, largely North American, range from IBM and Motorola to universities and individuals. Through the consensus of members, it develops a list of best practices for Windows, Linux, Solaris and Free BSD, as well as Cisco routers, Oracle databases, and Apache Web servers. These best practices are incorporated into benchmark scripts and accompanying PDF guides for interpreting the results and improving security with a series of actions and scripts. The CIS Linux Benchmark provides a comprehensive checklist for system hardening.

Because the CIS has limited resources, its current Linux Benchmark is designed for only Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 and 3.0 and Fedora Core 1, 2, and 3. Although CIS suggests that derivatives of these distributions may also be able to run the Benchmark, for now its usefulness is limited. However, even if the Benchmark itself won't run with a particular distribution, the information in the accompanying PDF file can be adapted to most distributions with a minimum of effort and expertise.

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