Archive for January, 2006

Customized small download linux iso….

Friday, January 27th, 2006

This is a good idea…. let’s say you want a linux install, but you’re very particular. You’d like to have a certain setup out of the box, say a basic desktop with OpenOffice and Firefox/Thunderbird. Nothing fancy, just a basic desktop and you wanted to deploy over several systems. Some distributions give you the choice [...]

Google explains Google China Decision

Friday, January 27th, 2006

The Official Googleblog has an article today about their decision to filter results in China. I took a look at the Chinese version today (I saw an image search comparing Tienamen (spelling?) results in English and Chinese. I also searched for my site and found that I seem to be absent from the Chinese search [...]

BIOS based rootkits coming soon….

Friday, January 27th, 2006

There have been a couple stories out of the “Blackhat federal” conference in the last couple days. Brian Krebs at the Security Fix gives a good overview. One of the more troubling notes is the possibility of creating a rootkit that can hide itself in a systems BIOS. Security Focus has some detail on this [...]

The Blackworm, Nyxem, KamaSutra Worm…

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Lot’s of news following up on the Nyxem worm in the last few days. It’s currently going under a number of names, the Kama Sutra Worm, Blackworm are some of the more common names. Sans has a page for information on the worm here. Microsoft has detailed manual removal instructions. The counter that logs the [...]

A Deeper look at Nyxem

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

First I should raise an alarm of warning on this one, this virus is supposed to overwrite all accessible document files (network shares too) on the 3rd of the month, so February 3rd we may be seeing some problems. Don’t wait until then to make sure you have current antivirus definitions. The Nyxem virus though [...]

Google News graduates

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

One of Google’s longest Beta-tests… Google News has now graduated from beta status. There is a “suggest news stories” options in the personalized search feature. I wondered if it would ever be non-beta. Somewhere along the line I had read speculation that the holdup was advertising and there was trepidation that targetted ads within Google [...]

Your own wikipedia….

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

I’ve made quite a bit of use out of the wikipedia in recent years. I know it has it’s flaws (I’ve run across some first hand), but I’ve found typos in textbooks as well. However that doesn’t mean that it can’t be a very useful reference. In fact, in some of my browsing I’ve gone [...]

Too many things, not enough time

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

The last few days has been a situation of “too many things to do and not enough time”. I’ve got a growing list of items that I am interested to post in coming days, but things have been busy enough to keep me from it for the most part. It looks like this week (which [...]

Using ssh to protect web browsing over wireless or other hostile networks

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

This really could be used to encyrpt web traffic over any “hostile” network. Here’s what I’m talking about. Laptop using wireless. Within our internal network we would LIKE all our web traffic to be encrypted at least from the laptop to a wired host. (From there to the outside world it will be open.) At [...]

Apache2 not starting because of ssl_scache file

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

I mentioned this a while back, but I didn’t go into much detail on a long term solution. Let me re-set the situation. Linux server running apache2. It’s Mandrake (now Mandriva) (an older version.) When the system has suffered abrupt outage (power loss). Everything starts up normally with the exception of httpd2. It claims that [...]

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