I.T. Security and Linux Administration:

March, 2013

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March 31, 2013  3:15 PM

Kali: The new pentester?



Posted by: Eric Hansen
security

Earlier this year (this month?), BackTrack developers announced a new version of their distro, but this time seemed completely re-developed, called Kali. Its a nice distro, and is based on Gnome 2 (MATE??).  It has more tools than you can ever imagine, and from my experience so far runs pretty...

March 31, 2013  3:10 PM

CLI password manager



Posted by: Eric Hansen
security

I'm a strong opponent of using password managers.  To me, they're nothing better than writing info down on a post-it note.  You know sensitive info is there, but they just use security by obscurity.  However, as I'm also a strong lover of the CLI, I thought it was interesting that a CLI-based...


March 31, 2013  3:02 PM

Want some calamari with your OS?



Posted by: Eric Hansen
security

So apparently someone decided to build a Linux distro (boy, how many do we need of those, huh?), but this one isn't based off of Debian, Ubuntu, Cent, etc...  Nope, this one is based off of OpenSUSE, and its dubbed CalamariOS: 


March 31, 2013  2:53 PM

Managing databases the easy way



Posted by: Eric Hansen
security

I remember back in the late 1990's and early 2000's, phpMyAdmin was the go-to way to manage a MySQL database.  Even to this day a lot of people swear by it (and at it).  But, especially if you're working in a mixed environment that runs MySQL and PostgreSQL, for example, a single solution is...


March 31, 2013  2:21 PM

Social media and…cars…?



Posted by: Eric Hansen
security

Article: http://www.itworld.com/350091/will-fords-open-source-car-api-drive-us-distraction SKYnet has been here for a while, but now we're looking at SKYnet v2.  Terminator edition. No, I don't...


March 31, 2013  2:13 PM

Online Carts – Product Management



Posted by: Eric Hansen
security

I feel in this category, PrestaShop really shines.  Its basically like a real store inventory system, and its amazing.  With the power of Ajax, it gives you so many options without throwing it in your face at once.  They're separated by tabs on the left side, which makes it easy as pie to go to...


March 31, 2013  1:59 PM

Online Carts – Template



Posted by: Eric Hansen
security

As I mentioned before, the template system is based on Smarty.  I'm not well-versed in how Smarty works or anything, but I can say this: Presta has turned me off from it. PHP itself is an annoying language at its core.  There are so many restrictions and fallacies it has that its almost not...


March 31, 2013  1:45 PM

Online Carts – API



Posted by: Eric Hansen
security

I couldn't wait to write this section.  The API is both a blessing and a damn curse rolled into one. First thing, the API works by parsing XML both in and out.  So, you poll the API service to retrieve a XML structure of data that you then manipulate and send back.  Not a horrible idea, in...


March 31, 2013  1:37 PM

Online Carts – Server Setup



Posted by: Eric Hansen
security

Going into this project, I knew the server (read: VPS) I'm using for it wouldn't be very powerful.  I had a custom OpenVZ container set up for me that had 256/256 (RAM/burst), 30-40 GB of disk space and ~400 GB of bandwidth.  This is optimal for running a small shop, however, which is what it was...


March 31, 2013  1:32 PM

Online Carts – Intro



Posted by: Eric Hansen
security

Over the past couple of weeks I've been helping my fiance start up her own online store and business.  The trouble with this is I know Magento is a big-name player in the field, but having first-hand experience with it in the past, I was less than thrilled about setting it up.  I was really...


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