Open Source Software and Linux:

February, 2009


February 26, 2009  5:45 PM

Wyndham Hotels gets hacked

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

The Wyndham Hotel chain's computer systems security team discovered in mid-September 2008 that the company's central computer systems were infiltrated. The intruder gained access through a franchisee's computer system and from there was able to access the central systems of Wyndham. Wyndham...

February 26, 2009  12:57 PM

Getting OpenSuSE to ping and resolve local hosts

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Recently I installed OpenSuSE on my notebook. It's been awhile since I used any SuSE products but I thought since my next contract is supporting SuSE servers I should bone up on the distribution. Most things went as expected. Except that I couldn't ping or resolve local hosts. That's correct....


February 19, 2009  7:01 PM

Using SSL and a password to connect Sendmail to your ISP

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Many ISPs are requiring SSL and a password to connect and send mail. This how to shows how to set up your sendmail server to use SSL with a password for connecting and sending mail through your ISP. I set this up on a CentOS 5.2 virtual machine. You should have the following packages...


February 18, 2009  12:01 AM

Red Hat and Microsoft enter virtualization support agreement

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Red Hat and Microsoft have entered into a virtualization agreement. The agreement is designed so that Red Hat and Microsoft customers using virtualization from both companies can get support from either group. Red Hat and Microsoft both emphasize that this agreement is not the same as the...


February 17, 2009  10:40 PM

Linux security basics aka don’t do this!

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

I mention Linux security in the title but these best practices apply to any operating system. There are many excellent 3rd party security tools out there for you to install on your system. Prior to installing these though you should review the tools that are already on your system. There is...


February 17, 2009  9:27 PM

CentOS prepares to release 5.3

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Following their mandate to be binary compatible with Red Hat, CentOS is preparing to release version 5.3. Red Hat released version 5.3 on January 21st of this year. The CentOS developers generally follow with a CentOS release about 3-5 weeks after Red Hat. This should put the release as...


February 15, 2009  7:18 PM

Apple set to release Tiger this Friday

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Apple is preparing to release Tiger for it's Mac platform this Friday, Feb, 20, 2009. The new release is set to overshadow Microsoft's release of Longhorn. Tiger boasts over 200 enhancements over the previous release of the Mac software. Chief among those is the Spotlight search feature. ...


February 13, 2009  2:00 PM

Microsoft offers $250,000 for conviction of Conficker authors

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Microsoft has announced a $250,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the authors of the Conficker worm, also known as Downadup. Apparently Microsoft feels that not enough is being done by Windows administrators to stop the infestation and propagation of this worm. F-Secure, an anti-virus...


February 12, 2009  10:26 PM

And you thought the various Linux distributions were hard to understand..

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

I've talked with users who have stated that they don't understand what Linux distribution to use, with so many of them available that it is confusing. If that's confusing then how in the world do you figure out what Windows version you are going to use? Windows Vista had six SKUs and it looks...


February 12, 2009  1:19 AM

How secure is your network? (Part 2)

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

In my last post I referred to an article about the number of security breaches in networks across the U.S. This has caused...


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