Where's the --make-secure option?

I'm just now starting to set up my new Debian server over at ServerMatrix. I've been a Redhat guy for many years so I'm a little out my element, but definitely enjoying the power of apt-get. I just updated my distrib in 60 seconds with apt-get update, apt-get dist-upgrade (Thanks to Matt for the live technical support on #mobitopia) and after modifying the sources file, I grabbed MySQL 4.0 in another 30 seconds. Insanely cool.

Now, unlike the installation that I'm currently running on, I'd like to *really* secure MySQL. I found this great Tutorial on *really* securing MySQL over at SecurityFocus. It's very detailed... and particularly complex. Jesus, isn't there just a "--make-secure" option for all this?

Anyways, has anyone noticed the dearth of up to date Debian books out there? I went to Staceys in downtown SF and to my local B&N and there were no Debian books - and a million Redhat and Fedora books. Urgh. I'm learning that the online Debian docs aren't bad, but I just want to sit on my couch with a 4" thick book and grok the system with a big overview, not piecemeal it online.

Install List:

  • User Accounts
  • SpamAssassin
  • SFTP
  • MySQL 4
  • Java 1.4.2
  • Tomcat 5
  • JabberD

I think that's all... Anyways, again, I'd expect some downtime here as I move servers in the next week.


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