Simple Is Safer (There’s More To It, That’s Just The Safely Simple Summary)

The OpenBSD 5.4 release just came out. That’s what I run on my laptop, so as soon as I could I did the upgrade. Once I had downloaded the install/upgrade ISO image and burned it onto a CD, I started. Time to boot from the media and do a complete installation of the base operating […]
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What’s With All The Linux, I Thought We Were Talking About The Cloud

As Larry Ellison has famously observed, people use “cloud computing” to mean everything, and therefore nothing. In with the buzzwords, out with the meaning. Take anything that involves two computers and a network connection, and someone is going to call it cloud computing. Or if you are going to use virtualization: some people rationalize this […]
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Certification and Compliance Don’t Make You Secure

Security > Certification + Compliance Certification and compliance can play a role in security.  They might be part of security, but there is no guarantee that they can provide it. Put another way, they might be necessary, at least for regulatory reasons, but they are not adequate on their own. Passing a certification exam proves […]
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Patching the Cloud

Vulnerability CVE-2012-0056 is a nasty one if you’re running a Linux kernel release 2.6.39 through 3.2.1. The exploit is a privilege escalation attack, meaning that the attacker has to get a foothold on your system. But once the attack has an unprivileged process on your system, its privileges can be elevated to root. Game over. […]
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