日曜日, 4月 16, 2006

Post Easter Update




My brother asked if there was an opensource alternative to Visio, instead of googling for it I decided to ask a friend who is a developer. Fire-Rabbit, tells me that there are several, but the more professional looking of the two is Kivio. (theres the link, however I have not used the product). I did find a debian (Ubuntu) package for it and am downloading it as I write. As youve guessed it requires quite a few kde libs as dependencies.

Since I installed Fluxbox I have actually been switching back and forth between the Gnome and FB, mainly because there were some recent improvements to gnome that im trying to see about. I have Dapper installed as Ive mentioned, so im going through the constant barage of upgrades and fixes, but all in all Dapper is fairly stable. I think I need to update my IPW2200 firmware. I havent done that yet, so I will report what I learn.

I was reading about Loadable Kernel Modules (LKMs) and the author of the article had me really laughing with this:
"So do you get an error message telling you that you should have configured
the kernel to make USB core function an LKM? Of course not. This is Unix, and explanatory error messages are seen as a sign of weakness." Bryan Henderson

I noticed that in the Seattle Wireless list of books (maybe it was metrix) that Linux device drivers was included, so I was going to add that to my Oreilly book shelf however, I found a place where it can be freely, and legally downloaded in PDF. It appears that pyramid, isnt working to well on fRs soekris board, it is beta (so im not bashing on it, actually im very excited that theyre making an Ubuntu distro for Access Points)

random quote of the day
"There are three kinds of people, those who can count and those who can't" Conrad Schneiker

So im trying to catch up on the stack of URLs that I sat aside for latter review and one thing of interrest to me is OpenVPN : "OpenVPN is a full-featured SSL VPN solution which can accomodate a wide range of configurations, including remote access, site-to-site VPNs, WiFi security, and enterprise-scale remote access solutions with load balancing, failover, and fine-grained access-controls". Sounds cool to me, I found it interresting that on the site, one of the recommended reads was a presentation done at Linuxfest North West.
Im wondering how I missed that one, hopefully theres more on that this year. Yes Linux Fest is upon us once again.

Apparently Apache has a Ruby module project, the module can be downloaded here. Im still a long ways from becoming a Ruby hacker, however it doesnt hurt to line up the necessary pieces of the puzzle. My dream is to do all my projects, from Sys admin, scripts, drivers whatever, with Ruby. this is the mod_ruby trac site. [..]
Ever needed a brute forcer for your local windows passwords ? [..] or a better way to figure out mysql databases [..]? Heres a perl script for that. =). OK so about now, im reaching information overload. time to quit hunting and get back to reading.

Ill leave you with some raw links (notes) from the security world. Mostly because I have a friend that doesnt believe Windows or IE is insecure, im going to start saving them. If you have a link to a favorite Windows exploit feel free to leave the link in the comments.

http://packetstormsecurity.org/0604-advisories/TA06-101A.txt windows and ie vulnerabilities
http://packetstormsecurity.org/0604-advisories/SSRT061141-1.txt hp lazerjet MS remote exploit
http://packetstormsecurity.org/0604-advisories/iespoof-flash.txt spoofing the address bar in IE
http://packetstormsecurity.org/0604-advisories/IE-Content-Disposition.txt
http://packetstormsecurity.org/0604-advisories/advisory4.5.06.txt myspace insecurity

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