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Hello all...

(Assume I am a noob, because I am one!)

(Please Note! This is my first day w/ *BSD )

So.. I've managed to get OpenBSD running w/ two of my favorite desktops running earlier today.. but now...

I don't really know what to do to secure my box! should I like use tools like tripwire, chkrootkit/rkhunter, sectool, snort...ect (the BSD-native versions of course) ? all I wish for now is a snapshot of my initial install, as well the two rootkit hunters.

help is greatly appreciated, thanks!
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I don't really know what to do to secure my box! should I like use tools like tripwire, chkrootkit/rkhunter, sectool, snort...ect (the BSD-native versions of course) ?
Without digressing into Linux bashing, you will find that the OpenBSD community comes at these issues from a different direction.

Given that the base installation can be considered secure, many of the applications mentioned in your initial message are considered to be gimmicks & bandages for architectural shortcomings.
  • If you are really concerned about security, begin by reading some of the papers & presentations found at the following:

    http://www.openbsd.org/papers/
  • Applications already ported to OpenBSD can be searched for at the following:

    http://openports.se/
  • OpenBSD users who want to really focus on security study pf(4). PF is also covered in the FAQ, & a popular tutorial can b e found at the following:

    http://home.nuug.no/~peter/pf/
As someone new to the OpenBSD culture, you wll save yourself countless hours by taking the time now, while a newbie, & study the project's official FAQ in its entirety:

http://www.openbsd.org/faq/index.html
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Another nice help for beginners is OpenBSD101
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