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Stuxnet lessons – and resources

Just a quick grouping of resources relating to Stuxnet resources and analysis after the targeted infections of the frequency converters of the Vaasa, Finland based Vacon (though Vacon publicly denies this) and Iranian company Fararo Paya. The bottomline takeaway – never use default passwords (partical attack vector of the PLCs and SCADAs), and keep systems patched (4 zero-day Windows-based ...

Proxying all Linux Traffic – set web access for Ubuntu behind a proxy

So that it’s documented… I’m using port 8080 as the default port as the likelyhood of your upstream proxy being on 8080 is high – else, typical proxy ports are, of course, 80, 800 (transpartent), 8000, 3128 (squid) To force your server to force web traffic via a proxy, just two quick things to set – in /etc/environment, export one (or two) variables: ...

Search and view gzip’d files

You knew it already – but I keep forgetting – the power of zgrep and zcat both of which behave as their z-less counterparts. So, to search a gzip’d file, you can simply zgrep <term> <filename.gz>, or to cat/view it, zcat <filename.gz> Good to come back to in case of impending forgetfulness… ...

Intel Gigabit Ethernet Card on an old kernel?

For self-reference, mainly: For the Intel Corporation 82574L Gigabit Network Connection on an old kernel that doesn’t have the drivers compiled into it – get the driver and make install it on the platform you’re on, and to be sure (if it doesn’t get done for you) to copy to /lib/modules/2.4.36/kernel/drivers/net/ (your kernel may vary, this is an example only) ...

Your Kindle, PDFs, EPUBs, file and format conversion and you

There are two irritations when it comes to the Kindle. First of those is  your collection of PDFs you bought or own that you’d like to read as a ‘book’ on the Kindle (without going through the whole long USER@[free.]kindle.com) email and Whispernet delivery process. The other is the EPUB Sony Book reader format files that you have — but that the Kindle doesn’t interp ...

Afrihost ADSL Uncapped – throttled at 32GB to 0.56Mbps

So – Afrihost ADSL uncapped… the promise of “Pure Internet Joy” is part of the offering’s headline. On a 4Mbps line, the offering of the uncapped account is quite good. Then came the warnings — throtteling may occur based on usage patterns. Then came the notification that there would be an hour-to-hour usage analysis to control the access to consistent line spe ...