What are the tasks a system administration should do on a new server. This is a new Red Hat 9 system with Cpanel/WHM. I'm wondering what I need to get my admin to do when I first recieve the server. What should he do when securing this box? This is going to be pirmarily used for web hosting. Anything that you think should be done, please post here, I would greatly appreciate your comments and to know what you think on this matter.
First thing I do when I get a box is disable telnet - remove direct root login and setup a firewall. Then I check that the IP assigned to the server is clean and not spamlisted - nothing's worse then taking over an IP some other person already screwed up. http://dnsstuff.com
And of course chkrootkit to make sure some hacker didn't get to the box before I locked it down a little bit. Many datacenters just have the boxes sitting connected on a network with no protection. Which means it's open for trojans, rootkits, and god knows what else...
Last edited by Devil Inside; 04-05-2004 at 02:33 AM.