Open Source Software and Linux:

March, 2009


March 27, 2009  6:55 PM

And you thought conficker was dead



Posted by: Xjlittle
Conficker, downadup, Linux, Microsoft, open source, Security

The conficker worm that infected millions of computers starting last October was believed to be at bay. Not so according to Vincent Weafer, vice president of Symantec's security response group. Computers infected with this worm are being updated with a stronger variant. The variant is designed...

March 26, 2009  12:18 AM

Protect your ssh server with DenyHosts



Posted by: Xjlittle
denyhosts, secure, Security, ssh, SSHD

If you have an SSH server that is accessible from the internet then you should look at the DenyHosts application to protect your servers and networks. DenyHosts protects your servers by parsing your ssh log for failed attempts at ssh login. The log where this is recorded varies by distribution....


March 24, 2009  12:19 AM

Open Virtualization Format (OVF) released



Posted by: Xjlittle
dtmf, open virtualization format, vmware, xen

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) released the finished version of the Open Virtualization Format (OVF). The OVF is a set of metadata tags that can be used to deploy virtual environment across multiple virtualization platforms. Using OVF users can download a virtualized application...


March 23, 2009  3:17 AM

Virginia releases first open source text book



Posted by: Xjlittle
education, electronic textbook, open source, science, technology

Virginia has released a beta version of the nation's first open source text book. The book is a collaboration by state departments of Technology and Education as well volunteer educators, engineers and scientists. The book was developed using web based resources to quickly update information...


March 21, 2009  11:38 PM

How safe is your seach engine?



Posted by: Xjlittle
Browsers, malicious code, malicious web sites, malware, search engines, Security, web browsers

Crackers are increasingly attempting to influence the behavior of search engines to get them to misdirect users to malicious sites says security firm Marshal. Unknowing users are asked to download an...


March 21, 2009  9:09 PM

Government scholarships for studying cybersecurity



Posted by: Xjlittle
computer security, cybersecurity, federal agency, scholarship, scholarships, Security, technology, us government

The US Government give you a full scholarship for college if you want to become a cybersecurity specialist. The scholarship covers room and board, books and tuition. The obvious question here is "What do I have to give them in return?" Two years of government service at a federal agency in a...


March 20, 2009  7:32 PM

Are you using myOpenID? (They launched a WordPress plugin)



Posted by: Xjlittle
authentication, myopenid, openid, single sign on, sso, web authentication

myOpenID is an open source third party authentication tool allowing users to have one login across multiple websites. myOpenID is developed my JanRain. Making life even better OpenID works with many websites where you may already have an identity. These include...


March 19, 2009  1:00 AM

Seven must have skills for a server room manager



Posted by: Xjlittle
management, manager, Server room, technologist, technology

I ran across this article in which Celerity Works Mike Lisagor who is the author of The Enlightened Manager discusses the seven skills a server room manager must have.

Seven Skills Increasingly the...


March 18, 2009  11:35 PM

IRS a little lazy on scanning servers for malware



Posted by: Xjlittle
crackers, hackers, irs, malware, virus

A recent report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) noted that the IRS scans about 89% of it's servers weekly for malware and viruses. That should give you a warm and fuzzy feeling. Apparently they believe that employee workstations pose more of a threat. All...


March 17, 2009  12:20 AM

Want to know how the Federal Government uses virtualization?



Posted by: Xjlittle
computing, consolidation, green computing, los alamos, Security, technology, Virtualization

I have often wondered how the really big technology users, like the Federal Government, utilize various technologies such as virtualization. Now we can all get a first hand look by watching an eSeminar presented by Government Computer News. They are presenting Anil Karmel, a solutions architect...


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