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If you are just like me who is disgusted of reading through large chunks of texts for the only particular thing that he’s interested, securing Linux can’t be any more straightforward with this exhaustive list written by Kurt Seifried. Specially made for Linux novices who are just starting to harden his servers against malicious attempts, it is a good read not only because it’s useful but also because it’s easy to follow and digest.
Here we go: http://seifried.org/security/os/linux/20020324-securing-linux-step-by-step.html
To check the version date of your OS (Linux distros):
To find out the release:
To display and show the complete kernel signature of your hosting server:
Something like this will output similar information concerning your Linux kernel:
If you haven’t had the uname utility installed, you can get the kernel release version by:
You may also be interested in some other useful things to see within /proc.