Red Hat Certificate Course Overview

Study points for the exam

To help you prepare, review the exam objectives which highlights the task areas you can expect to see covered in the exam. Red Hat reserves the right to add, modify, and remove exam objectives. Such changes will be made public in advance.

Candidates for the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening should be able to perform the following tasks:

  • • Identify Red Hat Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) and Red Hat Security Advisories (RHSAs) and selectively update systems based on this information
  • • Verify package security and validity
  • • Identify and employ standards-based practices for configuring file system security, create and use encrypted file systems, tune file system features, and use specific mount options to restrict access to file system volumes
  • • Configure default permissions for users and use special file permissions, attributes, and access control lists (ACLs) to control access to files
  • • Install and use intrusion detection capabilities in Red Hat Enterprise Linux to monitor critical system files
  • • Manage user account security and user password security
  • • Manage system login security using pluggable authentication modules (PAM)
  • • Configure console security by disabling features that allow systems to be rebooted or powered off using bootloader passwords
  • • Configure system-wide acceptable use notifications
  • • Install, configure, and manage identity management services and configure identity management clients
  • • Configure remote system logging services, configure system logging, and manage system log files using mechanisms such as log rotation and compression
  • • Configure system auditing services and review audit reports
  • • Use network scanning tools to identify open network service ports and configure and troubleshoot system firewalling

As with all Red Hat performance-based exams, configurations must persist after reboot without intervention.

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Course Syllabus

• Track security updates
Understand how Red Hat Enterprise Linux produces updates and how to use yum to perform queries to identify what errata are available.
• Manage software updates
Develop a process for applying updates to systems including verifying properties of the update.
• Create file systems
Allocate an advanced file system layout and use file system encryption.
• Manage file systems
Adjust file system properties through security related options and file system attributes.
• Manage special permissions
Work with set user ID (SUID), set group ID (SGID), and sticky (SVTX) permissions and locate files with these permissions enabled.
• Manage additional file access controls
Modify default permissions applied to files and directories; work with file access control lists.
• Monitor for file system changes
Configure software to monitor the files on your machine for changes.
• Manage user accountsSet password-aging properties for users; audit user accounts.
Manage pluggable authentication modules (PAMs)Apply changes to PAMs to enforce different types of rules on users.
• Secure console access
Adjust properties for various console services to enable or disable settings based on security.
• Install central authentication
Install and configure a Red Hat Identity Management server and client.
• Manage central authentication
Configure Red Hat Identity Management rules to control both user access to client systems and additional privileges granted to users on those systems.
• Configure system logging
Configure remote logging to use transport layer encryption and manage additional logs generated by remote systems.
• Configure system auditing
Enable and configure system auditing.
• Control access to network services
Manage firewall rules to limit connectivity to network services.

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This training is only intended for individuals preparing for the Red Hat certification exam.