Ubuntu 12.04 LTS verse Mint Maya Ubuntu Precise?

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  1. lucygrl

    lucygrl Registered Member

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    Is there any difference in the security level between Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Mint Maya Ubuntu Precise? Does one have a higher level of security and if so why?
     
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    It is not more secure, just configured slightly differently.
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    There are some specialised versions of Linux that mean to be very secure as their main feature. Two are Tails and Lightweight Portable Security which is produced by the Yank's Department of Defense. There is a short but informative article here that mentions them.

    Best regards in your research

    [Edit] Also there is another version that can be mentioned: A version the NSA has developed called SELinux and is now incorporated in the EnGarde Secure Linux distribution.
     
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    Thankyou, an interesting article. On some computers I have Linux Mint, not sure what to do here, but I chose the option of installing all updates so placed a check in levels 4 and 5. Any opinions on if I did the right or wrong thing here?

    thankyou.
     
  6. tlu

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    But with the result that important security updates are not installed. Not applying those updates just because one x.org update caused problems in 2006 is idiocy.
     
  7. Mrkvonic

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    I find the whole security thingie to be way, way blown out of proportion.
    Overall, it makes little to no difference to the average user.
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  8. tlu

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    Perhaps. But it's also blown out of proportion not to apply important security updates just because of very rare update failures.
     
  9. Mrkvonic

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    Yup, but you can mark and install them though.
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    what i did is i put 4 and 5 updates visible and when new kernel update came i update it rest i see if find interesting and then yes only kernel update is interesting thing i found on second pc i have default update on like yours 4-5 enable so far no problem

    just enable firewall and install rkhunter i guess more than enough for basic user if you want more deep security go with apparmor
     
  11. lucygrl

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    Thankyou, yes I enabled the firewall, installed rkhunter, chkrootkit, and installed apparmor. Im happy with everything so far. Almost 4 months and all computers are clean. Was looking at Bastille also, any opinions on this?

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  12. Mrkvonic

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    You really don't need the rootkit scanners.
    As for security, the most important thing is probably your browser.
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  13. lucygrl

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    Thankyou, yes I have read on a numbver of accoassions that around 90% of virus, malwarte, etc comes via the browser. Not sure on how correct that figure is. Im using Firefox with several addons such as noscript, so feel the browser is ok.

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