Tightly secured unix distr. needed for VPN

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  1. Mouzer

    Mouzer Registered Member

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    I'm currently using a VPN service but i'd like to setup my own VPN server.

    What i'm looking for is a unix distr. that doesn't come with a lot of packages and is secure by itself. I don't want to have anything running on the unix server except SSH, OpenVPN and a good firewall/iptables.

    My knowledge about Unix is very little but i really want to do this myself.

    Hope to hear some recommendations.

    Thank you.
     
  2. mirimir

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    You might consider pfSense. That's FreeBSD + OpenVPN and a few other packages.
     
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    what about LPS ? it has vpn function and it's supposed to be secure
     
  5. BrandiCandi

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    Nothing is going to be secure out of the box. You'll have to do some configuring no matter what. But take a look at this:

    http://engardelinux.org/modules/index/index.cgi

    Which has a lot of built-in features to increase security.

    Edit: Whoops- I failed to notice the "VPN" part of your post. I don't know if this would work as a VPN.
     
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  6. mack_guy911

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    out of box are

    untangle

    astaro security gateway (which i feel best)

    clearOS ( base of centos server/gateway)

    zentyal ........ etc many more :))
     
  7. Mouzer

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    How hard is it to start using that distro without any experience with FreeBSD?
     
  8. Mouzer

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    I will look into it, thank you.
     
  9. Mouzer

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    Thanks, but i have read somewhere engarde hasn't been updated since 2008.
     
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    Thanks.

    Isn't untangle just a firewall package? And it's GUI no console, right?

    I will look into the others. ClearOS might be interesting, i do have a bit of experience with CentOS.
     
  11. Mouzer

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    So once i have chosen a distribution, what should i do?

    - Configure IPtables (any good script around to block EVERYTHING except SSH and OpenVPN?)
    - Intrusion detection?
    - File modification detection?
    - Should i enable SELinux (if available?)
    - Any other security recommendations?

    The server will only run SSH+openvpn.
     
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  13. BrandiCandi

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    If that's all you're running on it, why don't you just install those on a desktop? Why have an entire server running for just those two services?

    As for configuring them, most distros have wikis or how-tos which will give you details on how best to configure each service.
     
  14. Fox Mulder

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    I might be a little late to the party, but I use Debian for all my server needs. It's light, secure, and you can always find documentation for whatever you want to do. It's all-around a very good OS.

    It comes with few features pre-installed if you want to do a bare bones install, which is good as it reduces the attack surface of your server.
     
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