Security and privacy: Do you know what's lurking on your system?

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I had a fascinating job once that involved designing hardening procedures for systems we were going to use for security-related projects. This was probably 15 years ago, and not only were guides a little thin on the ground for the Linux distribution I was using, but what we were doing was quite niche. At first, I think I’d assumed I could just write a script to close down a few holes that originated from daemons1 that had been left running for no reasons: httpd, sendmail, stuff like that.

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