I.T. Security and Linux Administration:


August 8, 2012  7:25 PM

[PHP] Blesta: Support for pay-as-you-go billing

Posted by: Eric Hansen

For the past almost 2 months now I've been working almost from sunrise to sunset, every day, trying to get a new service for my business up and running.  With about 95% of the entire project finished, I set out on trying to get billing to work on a non-consistent basis. When it comes to...

July 26, 2012  1:25 PM

[Python] INI Parser Script

Posted by: Eric Hansen

So, long story short I've been busy working on a new service for my business.  I've gotten it close enough to the end now I'm happy to talk about it, and thought a blog post about one of the features would be a nice way to start things off. I've been learning a lot of Python over the past week...

June 30, 2012  1:28 PM

My Thoughts On Authentication

Posted by: Eric Hansen

For years upon years now people have been using passwords to authenticate themselves. However, the time has come for there to be a new contender. While I do not have the magic answer as to how to solve this issue, I do have my reasons for researching this topic. Take for example password...

June 29, 2012  3:39 PM

Stripping out information from SSH keypairs

Posted by: Eric Hansen

Long time no post, hah.  But this post is about something involving SSH and the glorious ssh-keygen (keypair generator).  This won't be beneficial to a lot of people, but for me it has posed to be quite a wonderful asset to my scripts. Idea Behind This Why would anyone want...

December 22, 2011  12:04 PM

Passive vs. Restrictive Firewalls

Posted by: Eric Hansen
Firewalls, network, Passive, Restrictive, security

I started writing this article late last week or earlier this week, but some unknown issue happened (gotta love driver issues).  The point of this article is to cover the benefits and costs of both passive and restrictive firewalls.  When I first got into I.T. security I always thought...

December 4, 2011  12:43 AM

Can you crack it?

Posted by: Eric Hansen
Can you crack it?, Fun, GCHQ, Jobs, security

Its 12:40 AM here as I'm typing this, on a Saturday night, and what better thing to do than to discuss some security? :)  I'm all for healthy competitions (heck, I even partake in some wargames for the fun of it).  But this is one that could really benefit you.  Here's the main points: the GCHQ...

August 12, 2011  9:18 PM

SSH Proxy

Posted by: Eric Hansen
Proxy, security, SSH, Tutorial

When I was working at Ford, you were put behind a proxy. The idea intrigued me, as it was able to handle so many connections at once. Since then, I've been thinking of different ways to...

August 5, 2011  12:28 PM

The removal of tcp_wrappers

Posted by: Eric Hansen
firewall, iptables, removal, security, tcp_wrappers

Not too long ago, Arch Linux released an...

July 28, 2011  7:25 PM


Posted by: Eric Hansen
BrowserID, security

Browsing through various articles, there was one on Linux.com that caught my eye. It talked about Mozilla's new "security feature" that is meant to, what seems like, take over the (rather limited) market that OpenID has created. Granted, it doesn't directly take aim at it, but is the best way to...

July 26, 2011  10:22 PM

Distro Review: OpenSUSE 11.4 (1/2)

Posted by: Eric Hansen
distribution, download, install, opensuse, review, security

For the better part of two years now, I've been looking at various flavors of Linux, trying to see which one(s) are right for my needs.  For servers, I stopped after finding Arch Linux, as it gave me the freedom to use as much of my resources as possible, without the overhead of a GUI and such....

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