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    Debian or ...

    Is debian more secure?

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    I preffer CentOS but security depends on how you setup the OS and services, not something that really changes distro to distro.
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    Hello,

    I fully agree that security depends on your settings, not the OS or distribution.

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    To gain access to the security updates in debian you can use the standard Debian tools, apt-get.
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    The security is in your hands, you can make any operating system secure.

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    I really like debian.

    its solid and easy to update.

    about security, well that mostly depends on server administrator.

    check for ssh security at first then go with applications you use. You can find lots of documents about these issues on the web. (also here)


    well start with debianadmin. nice tutorials there.

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    I agree with previous posters, security is in your hands.

    However, if BSD is an alternative, OpenBSD is very secure by default.

    There are very few OpenBSD exploits if compared to most Linux Distributions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssynchron View Post
    I agree with previous posters, security is in your hands.

    However, if BSD is an alternative, OpenBSD is very secure by default.

    There are very few OpenBSD exploits if compared to most Linux Distributions.
    Number of public known exploits never indicate about system security.

    simple , take your bsd change your password to 12345 , and leave it online.
    see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beastserv View Post
    Number of public known exploits never indicate about system security.

    simple , take your bsd change your password to 12345 , and leave it online.
    see what happens.
    OK, you're correct about the password.

    Now try this: install 2 servers one with wordpress and another with a custom code blog software. Leave both online and see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssynchron View Post
    OK, you're correct about the password.

    Now try this: install 2 servers one with wordpress and another with a custom code blog software. Leave both online and see what happens.
    exactly my point
    the most secure system ,is a stand alone system.
    that is if you got security against the sneakers protocol also. ;-)
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    Sorry if I'm missing something, but I dont' see how that's your point. I agree that the most secure system is the standalone.

    But wordpress will be hacked in no time while the custom code site, even poorly coded, can be on the web years without being hacked.

    Unless is a very valuable target, nobody will be developing exploits for unknown operating systems.

    But this is another topic. If you read my original post I mention it's the more secure system by default.

    From OpenBSD site : "Only two remote holes in the default install, in a heck of a long time!"

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    If nobody does it, I'll highlight that security patches in Debian are coming faster than the ones in CentOS, and that it has been extremely hard to upgrade from CentOS 4 to CentOS 5 which was not even officially supported (read the relevant official websites that will confirm what I'm saying).

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    Openbsd has always concentrated on security over performance and usability, so make sure you know what you want before using Openbsd. FreeBSD might be a better option for most hosting purposes.

    Back to the topic, Debian is a great OS with fast updates, as is Ubuntu. With either, you can't go wrong. Centos upstream updates are sloooow.

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    cent os is designed for web servers, while debian is more a general distribution. So on cent os you might more likely see security fixes already integrated and debian has strong restrictions on using open source therefore for an webserver I suggest cent os.

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