Getting Started With Linux, Part 1 — Knowledge Versus Skill and Why You Have to Use It.
Teaching classes has taught me that you can get two very different things out of a Linux training course — knowledge and skill. Knowledge can be communicated efficiently and gained quickly. “Springfield is the capital of Illinois.” “Most system configuration is stored under /etc.” Skill, on the other hand, is something that you can’t directly […]
The SSL/TLS protocol suite is critical for Internet security. Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that’s nice in theory but messy in practice. Good news — a very promising project is bringing help! We commonly say that we use SSL to secure Internet activity. However, that statement taken literally is very out of date! We […]
Patch Bash Now, Shellshock Exploits Are Widespread
I was recently doing some work at a Major Financial Institution when I overheard two systems engineers comparing notes: “I have to install that Bash shell patch on my servers by the end of next month.” “Hah! My servers don’t have to have it until the end of the month after that! Guys, please. Patch […]
The Shellshock Bug Hits Linux and the Internet of Things
The security world came abuzz recently when a very serious bug was announced in the GNU Bash shell. It’s a bad one, easy to exploit and with serious results. The new trend is to give a significant bug a catchy name and logo, and this one quickly became known as Shellshock. Here is a […]
What Is Going On With The Free Operating Systems?
I’m a big advocate of FOSS or Free and Open-Source Software. Although, is it really more stable and secure? We keep hearing the “Many eyes make bugs shallow” mantra, but it took how long for the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL to be noticed? The way I look at it is that all operating systems have […]