Security Considerations for Azure Linux & Windows Subsystem for Linux Users

Azure Linux is a public computing platform developed by Microsoft that businesses can use for tasks like app development, analytics, virtual computing, networking, storage, and more. Linux is used more on Azure than Windows servers because of Azure’s ability to run big workloads.

On the other hand, the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) permits developers to run Linux directly on Windows. It’s a lighter alternative to Virtual Machines, which is why it’s popular.   

Despite the popularity of Azure Linux and WSL, there are some security risks that you must be aware of, like the Firewall bypass and unauthorized access to root privileges. While you can quickly address these by using third-party Azure security tools, it is best to understand them first, so you can apply the appropriate solutions to mitigate them. This article will evaluate the security of Azure Linux and WSL and offer tips and best practices for securing Azure Linux and WSL. 

What Is Azure Linux? 

Azure Linux is a cloud-hosted operating system based on the open-source Linux OS. Azure gives you a space to host your Linux OS. You can upload your preferred Linux OS image to run community-supported Linux distributions on Azure. Alternatively, you can choose from the numerous Linux workloads in Azure Marketplace.  

It’s a cost-effective and straightforward platform to deploy and scale web apps. Notably, you only pay for features you want to use, making it an affordable option for many users. Moreover, it can scale up or down depending on

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