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Interview with Linux security expert Kurt Seifried

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Linux.com readers might know Kurt Seifried as the author of the Linux Administrators' Security Guide or proprietor of the popular security mailing list. In this interview, he gives his views on how security in Linux has been stacking up and where it's lacking, what users can do to secure their systems, and whether every admin needs to know much about security.

Over the years Seifried has made a name for himself in the world of Linux security, and he's not resting on past accomplishments. He's part of the technical team at iDefense/Verisign, which he says "allows me to spend most of my time keeping on top of all the current security threats." Seifried is also working on a new site called RiskBloggers.com, a blog/magazine with articles on security and risk.

Linux.com: Is it true that you're planning to launch a Linux-specific security list soon?

Kurt Seifried: Yeah, "as soon as I have time"™ . It'll basically be all the vendor lists (Debian, Slackware, etc.) collated into one, so there will be a lot of overlap since they tend to ship the same software, but since some vendors are faster than others for shipping security updates, it'll also provide a heads up.

Lc: Linux has been around for a good 15 years now. How has the area of Linux security changed in that time?

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