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Old 11-04-08, 01:30 PM   #1
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Debian Server STATUS

I was able to get Debian Etch installed on the server pretty quickly. It's a really base install; the only things that I added were SSH, SAMBA and ndiswrapper for the wireless card.

I broke ndiswrapper trying to get it to recognize my wireless card, and the server itself is not directly connected to the router which goes out to the internet, so technically it is not seen. Perfect.

This means that the ONLY way that I can access the server is internally, which is much better.

This is where my Windows Server laptop comes in.

Since I have a Thinkpad that I use more frequently than this laptop, I have decided to let the laptop take the role of a VPN server. This way, I can VPN into my machine and be able to access all of my shares remotely, and (I think) the only security worry that I have is that someone finds a way to log-in through VPN.

I would like to have the Debian server set up to be the permanent VPN server soon, but that won't happen until I either get my own dedicated connection (I'm using another wireless connection, but I have permission to use it) or get another router that connects to the router with the wireless connection and connect my server to that. Though I really like the idea that my server cannot see the internet.
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Old 11-04-08, 01:54 PM   #2
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Yeah, the fewer services running, the fewer attack points on the system. Only install and enable just the features you need.
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When you make your Debian server a VPN server, check outOpenVPN it works really well.


Also why Debian, they are so slow to release updates, check out CentOS. Anyhow what every you do enjoy the power of Linux
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Chose Debian just because...I don't need an OS that's updated every day. If I needed that, then the OS isn't quite secure enough!
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What about IDS? Why on Earth would you build up a server without an IDS?
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Chose Debian just because...I don't need an OS that's updated every day. If I needed that, then the OS isn't quite secure enough!
The updates are more about the packages then the OS itself you get from the Debian mirror. For example the Debian approved release of the Apache may be way behind the latest release of Apache, by the Apache Group.

Anyhow Enjoy.
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I see where you're coming from.

I'm just a little upset that I had to re-install the entire thing because I broke ndiswrapper. Turns out that I won't need it becuase no wireless cards will be attached to this system. That's another security risk that I need not worry about.
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