Linux Ninja Tux

How to : strace php process via apache

This little adventure started today when a customer was complaining of having a slow website (8 seconds plus to serve the home page without any additional resources) for the past 10 days or so. No file modification or change dates matched this timeframe. Also, a scan using clam and another proprietary scanner showed up nothing, […]

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Exim spam hunting – essential one liners

Anyone who looks after an Exim MTA that relays outgoing SMTP at some point finds their installation has been abused by spammers. Given the poor security practices of many users, busy servers will see compromised mailboxes quite regularly. As a sysadmin you probably find out about it in one of two ways: During the attack, […]

Two Factor Authentication

Two Factor Authentication Explained

Passwords are dead Despite almost weekly reports of major security breeches single passwords still protect the majority of online accounts. At the last count, I had over 150 various online accounts protected by nothing more than a username and password. Is this sufficient? Ask anyone who works in the field of information security and in […]

Linux Ninja Tux

Kali – NMAP MaxMind GeoCity Lite Database Bug

Symptom : Looking up the location of IP addresses using Nmap fails when using the MaxMind GeoLocation script ip-geolocation-maxmind. Installing the Nmap MaxMind GeoCity Lite database in Kali (1.0.6)

OK, so now we try to use the database:

The result?

So, running with the -d debug option

We get

Checking […]

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Safe Secure Website Backups with CodeGuard

The online backup business has quite simply exploded in the past couple of years. Well, it has as far as your personal computing environment is concerned. There are so many vendors offering cheap cloud storage for your PC it’s bewildering. But what about your website? How are you backing that up? Most CMS systems have […]

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Batch convert iPhoto Videos to MP4

Exporting videos from iPhoto is quite easy – just create a smart album to filter out your movies, then select the movies you want, and go to File > Export… and export the movies in their current formats. However, if you want to convert your videos into a consistent format that will play on your […]

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2014 Bootable AntiVirus Roundup

Bootable Antivirus – the only way to be sure There really is no excuse for not having some form of antivirus software installed on your PC. There are a plethora of free offerings out there from all the big names. They are all pretty good at carrying out manual scans, and real-time protection of your […]

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WordPress Two Factor authentication with Duo Security

Single factor authentication is a risky business. It relies solely on something-you-know. If someone else obtains that information, then they can authenticate into your system. Two-Factor Authentication (TFA) relies on something-you-know AND (usually) something-you-have. The something-you-have (normally a phone, or dongle from the bank) provides a second authentication token that changes constantly. Without being in […]

ODF deals a blow to OOXML

UK Government open document format proposals could save you money

Open Source Software – unless you knew already – is a term used to describe software that is essentially free to use. This has traditionally sets many a preconception alight in the minds of business owners – often along the lines of “it’s free for a reason” – i.e. no good. This prejudice against open […]

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Easily reset a forgotten Windows password

Windows password recovery is something you’ve probably wanted to do at some point. Maybe you’ve tried to login to an old computer that’s not been used in a while, or maybe you just managed to enter the same typo twice without knowing it when changing your password. If you just want to get back in […]