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From: Lindsay Druett <lindsay(a)wired.net.nz>
To: Bruce Kingsbury <zcat(a)wired.net.nz>
Subject: Re: [wlug] Linux the cause of Ebay phishing...
Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2007 20:05:28 +1300
And going to the Linux front....
Redhat server is a baddie...
I had to sort out a Linux server last week for a rather large customer.
In the /etc/rc(whatever).D they had everything under the sun *and* the
Would you believe, they had /etc/init.d/ipchains start
and /etc/init.d/iptables start together...
Going to my ITS days...
Slackware was the ITS standard distro when I was working for Uni, and
the big concern was security (no wonder).
The BOFH had done a crack down on ITS security when I was there, and
believe or not, my work desktop got the rubber stamp.
It wasn't running Slackware, and if it ran slackware, it would have
failed miserably, but it ran SuSe desktop of all things...
Oh yeah... || to your distro Denise...
On Tue, 2007-10-09 at 19:26 +1300, Bruce Kingsbury wrote:
> > Linux OTOH can be set up so, for example, the MySQL database could
> > only be accessed via 127.0.0.1 if it was only for the local webserver,
> > or opened up only to the hosts that need to access the database
> > server.
> Windows can be set up the same way, it just typically isn't.
> Many linux distros (particularly the ones intended for desktop users)
> have a policy of 'no open ports' and a lot of software like MySQL is
> similarly preconfigured to only listen to localhost. My experience with
> Windows, all sorts of completely unnecessary things end up listening on
> all interfaces, simply because on the chance that you happen to need
> those services, they'll already be installed and accessable. Hello
> slammer! That's great from an 'everything just works' perspective,
> perhaps.. but it's terrible from a security perspective.
As per the WLUG charter, please note that there is a WLUG executive
committee meeting one week from today.
If you wish to get an item on the agenda for this meeting, please
email it to secretary(a)wlug.org.nz.
# Previous Minutes
# Treasurers report
# Server status
# General business
My machine began behaving badly. It appeared to run
out of memory then totally lock up. I ran "Memtest outcome
was 10 tests no errors. I replaced the hard drive with no
difference being made. A simple example of one the problems
was the live disc install for Feisty. Disc took forever to
load then when install selected the furthest it ever went
was to detecting file systems then it just quit or looped or
locked. The proccessor is incredibly hot with constant
stream over very hot air being forced out by the fan. The
fan appears to ok as do the airways. Can anyone venture a
fix for this???
I thought the following reported error message was a joke, but it
appears to be genuine. Admittedly, it was a rather rare one. Can you
imagine the look on a person's face if they received this error
Reported in Computerworld
Error Message: Your Password Must Be at Least 18770 Characters and
Cannot Repeat Any of Your Previous 30689 Passwords
— Microsoft KB article Q276304 ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/276304/en-us )
Email addresses have changed ...
Michael .. mikencolleen(a)gmail.com
Colleen .. colleennmike(a)gmail.com
DesktopLinux.com reviews the 0.4 version of SystemRescueCD, a
Gentoo-based distribution for repairing broken systems. "Another major
improvement is that you can now use PXE network booting. With PXE, you
can boot a troubled PC remote over your LAN into SystemRescueCD. This
is great, for example, for a help desk repairing systems scattered
over an office or campus. To get this to work, the PCs will need to be
set to use wake-on-LAN and network boot. That's been a standard PC
feature since 2001, but it usually must be made active in the BIOS
before you can use it."
As announced at the AGM tomorrow is our annual Installfest.
It is being held at the Gateway Christian Centre, 950 Victoria St,
Hamilton, where there is plenty of parking available in the carpark.
It would be greatly appreciated, that no matter how much or how little
experience you have with Linux, that you come along as there maybe
people who are totally new Linux may also be coming along.
We already have a family of people coming down from Auckland who want to
see a bit of Hamilton and get a feel of the Waikato Linux community.
Who knows who else is coming along...
As well has assisting people with desktop Linux, we'll also be playing
around with specialist type applications, such as VoIP using Trixbox,
installing Linux on a Linksys WRT54GL.
Personally, I can see with the future of Installfests would be like drag
race meetings where we all get together start showing off our hardware
and skill set.
Linksys (a division of Cisco Systems) has been a great supporter on this
event where they have kindly loaned us a whole lot of networking
equipment including the switches to connect everyone together, IP hones,
including their flagship IP Phone, the SPA961 IP Phone, plus some other
I would also like to thank Bruce who has worked really hard to organise
Of course, Tux will be attending the event, most probably trying to beat
our neighbors across the ditch at Tremulous.