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Security And The Starving Kitten Problem

I am known to be extremely pedantic when it comes to security. Why? I help to safe guard personally identifiable information. I’ve often said that proper security can almost never be convenient. In some instances, not following proper practices is effectively breaking the law (HIPAA). Yet, some users – in particular non technical managers, can […]

Why I use my own DNS resolvers

If you don’t care what DNS (domain name service) is or why its important, you’ll find this post quite boring. For those of you who do care, but don’t know, DNS is what translate domain names into IP addresses and vice versa. If you type ‘’ in your browser, a DNS server (somewhere) is going […]

Waves of spam?

I’ve noticed something interesting (well, annoying .. but interesting). Every month at around this time, I am bombarded with comment spam that manages to pass through akismet. Then its quiet again for another 30 days. I’ve turned comments off on most new posts, the spammers seem to be more interested in the older stuff. The […]

Talk about losing your keys!

I spent the better part of 3 1/2 hours this morning losing my keys. Not my car keys, not my house keys, my public SSH keys. All keys that I have in use were generated on a Debian or Ubuntu GNU/Linux computer. Luckily I’m pretty diligent about keeping a list of what key is where […]

SRCE interim security release 1.0.8

For those of you who use SRCE and keep up to date on news via this blog, an interim security release is available that fixes a potential privilege escalation issue in srce-execd. From the announcement on srce-devel / srce-users:

SRCE 1.0.7 is out

From my e-mail to gnupanel-devel: For inclusion with GNUPanel, I have finished and released SRCE 1.0.7. For those of you who don’t know what SRCE is, here’s a synopsis: SRCE stands for (S)ecure (R)emote (C)ommand (E)xecution, however it does much more. SRCE is a non-blocking microkernel style cluster of services that revolves around a very […]

Thats ‘B.O.F.H., P.I.’ to you – mister!

I was just reading that South Carolina may soon require those who offer data forensics as a service to be fully licensed private investigators. I wish that every other State would follow suit. In college, I started out as a criminal justice major. My criminal justice classes were the only classes that I attended eagerly […]

More SPAM stopping trials, no luck

I’ve been experimenting on ways to nip comment SPAM in the bud. Ever since noticing that Google sent me more robots than humans, I’ve been really frustrated. This is the scenario. Bot starts up, bot queries Google to see who shows up in the top 20 results for keyword ‘fud’, bot sees if each result […]

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