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April 14, 2009  1:06 AM

University of Utah gets hit by conficker worm



Posted by: Xjlittle
Conficker, Linux, operating system, university of utah, unix, virus, windows

Over 700 computers were hit by the most recent release of the conficker worm at the University of Utah. Computers included those at the University's three hospitals. The worm was first detected on Thursday on some of the school's computers. By Friday it had hit the school's computers at the...

April 13, 2009  12:58 AM

Want to sell computers to the Marine Corps?



Posted by: Xjlittle
desktop, government, laptop, marine corps, procurment, server

The Marine's are looking for a few good vendors that want to sell them computers. They will even let you help develop the procurement procedure according to this request...

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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 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 14, 2009  4:36 PM

SLED 11 RC 4 first glance



Posted by: Xjlittle
desktop, recording, skype, sled 11, Sound, suse, suse linux enterprise desktop

For everyone who is looking for the next release of the SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop SLED 11 RC 4 is available here. While I usually prefer CentOS my current contract is to support SLES and SLED. It has some pleasant...


February 18, 2009  12:01 AM

Red Hat and Microsoft enter virtualization support agreement



Posted by: Xjlittle
Microsoft, red hat, support, Virtualization

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!



Posted by: Xjlittle
centos, Linux, red hat, Security, solaris, sysctl, windows

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 12, 2009  1:19 AM

How secure is your network? (Part 2)



Posted by: Xjlittle
attack, breach, dos, harden, hardening, network, secure, Security

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


January 25, 2009  1:22 AM

Using the Korn Shell with Linux



Posted by: Xjlittle
bash, korn shell, Linux, scripting, unix

My current consulting gig requires that I use the Korn Shell and modify Unix scripts so that they will work with Linux. While the Korn Shell has many comparable characteristics of BASH there are some distinct differences-or at least ones that I've never seen in BASH. The first difference that I...


January 24, 2009  7:42 PM

Skype and OpenSuSE 11.1..



Posted by: Xjlittle
alsa, libpulse0, mic, microphone, opensuse 11.1, pulseaudio, skype, Sound

As I've alluded to in previous posts Skype, OpenSuSE 11.1 64 bit and sound capture (the microphone) have not been playing nice with each other on OpenSuSE 11.1. Sound generally worked but if you wanted to talk, well, good luck with that. I think maybe I've found a solution though. There are...


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