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Re: Debians security features: Which are active?

You are free to educate yourself on the security features listed.  If you have trouble understanding their function, it’s best you leave the decision of security to someone with greater experience and use a distribution that takes care of it for you.

Again, Debian is not going to handhold you.

On May 17, 2014, at 6:38 AM, herzogbrigitte1@t-online.de wrote:

> Thank you for all your replies.
> I understand that the user is important for security, but it's a difference whether you start from scratch or you can work with somethink prebuilt. So, could you tell me, which of the following securit features are enabled in Debian by default and which I have to activate manually:
> Stack Protector
> Heap Protector
> Pointer Obfuscation
> Stack ASLR
> Libs/mmap ASLR
> Exec ASLR
> brk ASLR
> Built as PIE
> Built with Fortify Source
> Built with RELRO
> Built with BIND_NOW
> Non-Executable Memory
> /proc/$pid/maps protection
> Symlink restrictions
> Hardlink restrictions
> ptrace scope
> 0-address protection
> /dev/mem protection
> /dev/kmem disabled
> Block module loading
> Read-only data sections
> Stack protector
> Module RO/NX
> Kernel Address Display Restriction
> Blacklist Rare Protocols
> Syscall Filtering
> Block kexec
> For further information go to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Features
> Thank you very much!
> Brigitte Herzog
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> Betreff: Debians security features in comparison to Ubuntu
> Datum: Fri, 16 May 2014 22:04:07 +0200
> Von: "herzogbrigitte1@t-online.de" <herzogbrigitte1@t-online.de>
> An: debian-security@lists.debian.org
> Hello there,
> I'm a new user of the great Debian distro for my Desktop. But when I talked to a friend and I told him, that I'm using Debian (Wheezy) for my desktop computer, he told me that I shoudn't use it because it is not secure. He told me to use Ubuntu instead. He explained that with the fact, that Ubuntu has more security features enabled than Debian (also more compiler flags for security) in a fresh install. He gave me a link to the following site:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Features
> So, I'm very happy with Debian but because my friend seems to be an expert for Linux, I don't know if I can use Debian. Can you tell me which of the security features promoted by Ubuntu are also enabled in Debian?
> Thank you very much!
> Brigitte Herzog
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