Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition: Unix for the Practical Paranoid

Front Cover
No Starch Press, Apr 15, 2013 - Computers - 536 pages
OpenBSD, the elegant, highly secure Unix-like operating system, is widely used as the basis for critical DNS servers, routers, firewalls, and more. This long-awaited second edition of Absolute OpenBSD maintains author Michael Lucas's trademark straightforward and practical approach that readers have enjoyed for years. You'll learn the intricacies of the platform, the technical details behind certain design decisions, and best practices, with bits of humor sprinkled throughout. This edition has been completely updated for OpenBSD 5.3, including new coverage of OpenBSD's boot system, security features like W^X and ProPolice, and advanced networking techniques.

You'll learn how to:
–Manage network traffic with VLANs, trunks, IPv6, and the PF packet filter
–Make software management quick and effective using the ports and packages system
–Give users only the access they need with groups, sudo, and chroots
–Configure OpenBSD's secure implementations of SNMP, DHCP, NTP, hardware sensors, and more
–Customize the installation and upgrade processes for your network and hardware, or build a custom OpenBSD release


Whether you're a new user looking for a complete introduction to OpenBSD or an experienced sysadmin looking for a refresher, Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition will give you everything you need to master the intricacies of the world's most secure operating system.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - tungsten_peerts - LibraryThing

Thank goodness for tech writers like Michael W. Lucas, who have senses of humor and aren't afraid to show this off in their books. Most tech books are as much fun to read as the ingredients on a box ... Read full review

Contents

Getting Additional Help
1
Installation Preparations
15
Installation WalkThrough
37
PostInstall Setup
57
The Boot Process
69
User Management
85
Root and How to Avoid It
105
Disks and Filesystems
125
Everything etc
255
System Maintenance
277
Network Servers
303
Desktop OpenBSD
323
Kernel Configuration
339
Building Custom Kernels
355
Upgrading
367
Packet Filtering
395

More Filesystems
147
Securing Your System
169
Overview of TCPIP
183
Connecting to the Network
209
Software Management
225
Advanced PF
421
Customizing OpenBSD
449
Afterword
461
Index
465
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2013)

Michael W. Lucas is a network/security engineer with extensive experience working with high-availability systems. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Absolute BSD, Absolute OpenBSD, Cisco Routers for the Desperate, and PGP & GPG, all from No Starch Press.

Bibliographic information