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Linux on IBM eserver zSeries and S/390: Best Security Practices

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This IBM® Redbook discusses best security practices for running Linux as a z/VM® guest on IBM Eserver® zSeries® and S/390® machines. This publication is intended for system administrators and IT architects responsible for deploying secure Linux servers running under z/VM. We consider both z/VM and Linux security topics.

We examine the unique security and integrity features zSeries offers for consolidating a large number Linux servers under z/VM. We discuss virtual machine isolation and command privileges assigned to VM guests. Security configuration options for z/VM Version 4.4 are explained.

In this book, we also discuss Linux security topics. We examine options for hardening a Linux installation. Securing Linux network traffic using Secure Sockets Layer and Secure Shell is considered. We look at implementing a virtual private network using FreeS/WAN. Commercial firewall technology and implementation using the StoneGate firewall for zSeries is discussed. We examine using IBM Tivoli® Access Manager in conjunction with an LDAP server running on z/OS® to authenticate Linux users against a RACF® running on z/OS.

About The Author
Gregory Geiselhart is a Project Leader for Linux on zSeries at the International Technical Support Organization, Poughkeepsie Center.

Ami Ehlenberger is a Staff Software Engineer and has been with IBM for the past four years. Ami was hired into the OS/390® development team in 1999 and has since worked in the areas of integration test, solution design, and services. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in e-business from the University of Phoenix. Her expertise resides in LDAP, IBM WebSphere®, and IBM Tivoli Access Manager. Ami currently works for the Custom Technology Center, an IBM Eserver services organization.

Darius Fariborz has been a Network Architect in IBM Global Services since 1995. He joined IBM U.K. Laboratories in 1985 and holds an MSc in Telecommunications and Micro-Electronics from the University of Surrey. Prior to joining IBM, Darius worked for International Aeroradio Limited as a software engineer from 1982 to 1984 and as hardware design engineer for Thorn EMI Datatech from 1979 to 1982. His main interests are in network connectivity and security.
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