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Eliminate Pingback And Traceback Spam On Old Posts

Posted June 13th, 2013 in Bread-crumbs, News by admin

Because spammers suck and should all die in a fire I’ve had to disable all Pingback and Trackback  options for the site. Easy enough, you just click the Discussion link under settings and disable them. That will disable them for all future posts, but has no effect on past posts which the scumbag spammers were posting to the site with. I found that there wasn’t a good way to globally disable Pingbacks and Tracebacks and it was just too daunting to manually go to each page shut them off, so after a little messing around in the database, here’s what I used to easily and globally disable Pingbacks and Tracebacks.

For Posts:

UPDATE wp_posts SET ping_status=’closed’ WHERE post_status = ‘publish’ AND post_type = ‘post’;

For Pages:

UPDATE wp_posts SET ping_status=’closed’ WHERE post_status = ‘publish’ AND post_type = ‘page’;

 

New How-To:Using the Apple iPad/iPhone Configuration Utility for VPN

Posted December 12th, 2010 in Apple, News by admin

I just added a new How-To on using the iPad/iPhone Configuration Utility to centrally configure iDevices to use a VPN connection. The same tool can be used to configure iDevices to do a multitude of things as well. It’s a complete walk through that will guide you through installing and using the tool, complete with links and screen shots. See it here:

Using the Apple iPad/iPhone Configuration Utility for VPN

Article Update

Posted February 8th, 2009 in Linux, News by Tobias

Article Update.

I’ve just finished updating my article in the Technical section on installing Postfix MTA with Amavis, ClamAv, and Spamassassin, now for Debian Etch!. Although it is specificly written for Debian Linux users, many of the concepts are the same on other Linux distros. It also covers setting up SMPT AUTH via TLS to authenticate users for mail relay.

See it here:
How To Install Postfix, Dovecot, Amavis, ClamAV, and Spamassassin (Etch)

And remember, all articles are up for discussion in the forums.

Setting Up 802.1x Authentication with Debian Linux and FreeRadius – Part1 –

Posted February 4th, 2008 in Linux, News by Tobias

Setting Up 802.1x Authentication with Debian Linux and FreeRadius – Part1 –

I just added a new how-to on setting Up 802.1x Authentication with Debian Linux and FreeRadius

It’s a complete walk though on installing from source and configuring FreeRADIUS for use with PEAP. You’ll be up surfing the net securely on your laptop in no time!

See it here:
Setting Up 802.1x Authentication with Debian Linux and FreeRadius

And remember, all articles are up for discussion in the forums.

New How-To. How to install Asterisk

Posted January 12th, 2006 in Linux, News by Tobias

Install Asterisk VOIP PBX on Debian.

I just added a new how-to on installing Asterisk on Debian Linux in a pure voice over IP environment.

It’s a complete walk though on installing from source and configuring Asterisk to use Broadvoice as a VOIP gateway. You’ll be up and making calls over the internet in no time

See it here:
Install Asterisk on Debian

And remember, all articles are up for discussion in the forums.

New Server, New Connection

Posted June 6th, 2005 in News by Tobias

Fat of the LAN Upgraded!

The Fat of the LAN server has been upgraded to a new Dell PowerEdge server. It is now also co-lo’d in a cabinet at Infinity Internet so things should be much faster now.

UPDATE – Well the server died today. I think the mainboard gacked, but fortunately I had another identical server on hand that hadn’t gone out yet. Just swapped out the drives and put it back in the rack so Dell can repair this one. Expect an outage in a day or two.

You can read more about the Dell blade server on their site, along with some of the tips on setting up your own.

Passed The CISSP Exam

Posted December 24th, 2004 in News, Security by Tobias

Woo Hoo! I just received my conformation email from (ISC)2 letting me know that I passed my CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) exam.
Hot damn I’m glad that I passed that. I’d hate to have to sit that one again. Toughest exam I’ve ever taken in my life. The exam is referd to as a mile wide and an inch deep which I think sums it up very well, considering is covers the following topics:

  • Access Control Systems & Methodology
  • Applications & Systems Development
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Cryptography
  • Law, Investigation & Ethics
  • Operations Security
  • Physical Security
  • Security Architecture & Models
  • Security Management Practices
  • Telecommunications, Network & Internet Security

I guess I’ll have to update my business cards again 😉

Snort Cookbook

Posted September 17th, 2004 in News, Security by Tobias

w00t! How cool. I just received an email from the good folks from O’Reilly. They have an upcoming book on the Snort intrusion detection system and I’ve been asked to help review the book. How exciting. I’ve been using Snort for a couple of years and really love the ‘pig. I’m glad to be able to give something back to such a great community.

[EDIT 12.2.04] After many delays on my part, hardware failures, CISSP exam cramming, being out of town, and missing most of my deadlines, I’ve turned in my notes for the book. Thoughts; Awesome book! If you want to install Snort or are currently using Snort and would like to know how to get more out of it, this is the book for you. It’s really a must have.

Using LDAP For Single Authentication

Posted June 2nd, 2004 in Linux, News by Tobias

New How-To for Using LDAP for single authentication.

Ever think how nice it would be if you didn’t have 9 usernames and passwords to remember for all of the different services on all the different servers you use. Well you can if you have a LDAP directory with you username and password in it, and you configure all the services to use LDAP. This how-to is not the most comprehensive source for doing this, rather a step by step guide that should be enough to get you going in the right direction. This will let users have one account in LDAP and use any service on any server that you choose to allow. i.e. ssh, email, web permissions, samba file shares, ftp, and on and on…

See it here:
Using LDAP for single authentication

And remember, all articles are up for discussion in the forums.

LDAPUser Released

Posted June 1st, 2004 in Linux, News by Tobias

Download LDAPUser

Ldap User Tools now available for download. Based on the Linux adduser utility, LDAP User Tools is a command-line utility to manage an LDAP/PAM_LDAP/NSS_LDAP enabled system. It adds/deletes user and groups, makes/deletes home directories as well as managing group membership. It can add Samba passwords and attributes too.

Get it HERE.