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Defeating Honeypots: Network Issues
"The purpose of this paper is to explain how attackers typically behave when they attempt to identify and defeat honeypots. This is not an exhaustive description of all the tools and methods that are publicly known (or unknown), but this article will help security teams who would like to setup or harden their own lines of deception-based defense. After some theoretical considerations, we will discuss some technical examples to emphasize our explanations. This two-part paper will focus on network issues. Further papers will move to the system world and the application layer."
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( Permalink: Defeating Honeypots: Network Issues      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 6, 2004 )

Page Table Management
"Architectures that manage their Memory Management Unit (MMU) differently are expected to emulate the three-level page tables. For example, on the x86 without PAE enabled, only two page table levels are available. The Page Middle Directory (PMD) is defined to be of size 1 and "folds back" directly onto the Page Global Directory (PGD), which is optimized out at compile time."
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( Permalink: Page Table Management      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 6, 2004 )

Trashware is rightware
"Trashware often means "badly designed or useless software," †but in recent years the term has came to indicate something else which could have an important impact on computer users. I use trashware to refer to trashed hardware. We all see perfectly good working computers dumped as soon as the latest and cutest software slows them down. But trashware is not trash, and a number of groups are working to save those "obsolete" computers from the landfill and using free software to make them useful again for fun, profit, or service."
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( Permalink: Trashware is rightware      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 6, 2004 )

Tightening Wireless LAN Security
Hereís some news that will grab any information security professionalís attention: of 500 firms recently polled by Jupiter Research, less than half had implemented security solutions for their wireless networks. Thatís a troubling discovery, especially given that wireless networking and mobile computing are two of the fastest growing technologies since the emergence of the Internet. story

( Permalink: Tightening Wireless LAN Security      Submitted by Scott Wed Oct 6, 2004 )

Hacking Books with Safari Web Services
"Safari Books Online is a joint venture between O'Reilly Media Inc., and The Pearson Technology Group. For the past three years, they've been making offline technical books available on the Web. This means developers can search through the entire contents of thousands of technical books just like anything else on the Web, looking for the code fragment or explanation that solves a task at hand. This July, Safari took things a step further by releasing their web services API, giving developers programmatic access to their data. This means that not only can developers search through technical books and read the contents through a web browser--they can route that Safari data anywhere they need it."
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( Permalink: Hacking Books with Safari Web Services      Submitted by Noel Wed Oct 6, 2004 )

ToyViewer, a Cool Free Graphics Tool for OS X
"However, ToyViewer has won me over, and it's now one of the applications that I keep running all the time, even when I'm using Photoshop Elements or Color It! I find ToyViewer indispensable for quick, slick image viewing and basic editing, resizing, and file format conversions. It's also a quick and convenient PDF viewer, with the ability to display and navigate multipage PDF documents included with Version 4.60. I wasn't expecting a lot when I first tried ToyViewer, which is freeware, and its name doesn't exactly elicit confidence, but it pleasantly surprised me."
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( Permalink: ToyViewer, a Cool Free Graphics Tool for OS X      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 5, 2004 )

Installing Textpattern on OS X 10.3
"What does Textpattern offer? As it turns out, plenty. Among the coolest features, Textpattern includes the Textile tool, which auto-magically takes plain text from a blog entry and whips it into valid XHTML. Also, referrer logs are built-in and dynamically up to date. Combine that with an extremely flexible interface and options for publishing, and you get a very robust publishing platform for anything from a private journal to a corporate blog. Check out some sites out there that are Textpattern-powered:"
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( Permalink: Installing Textpattern on OS X 10.3      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 5, 2004 )

Programming for Oracle on Linux, Part 2
"Previously, I wrote about interacting with an Oracle database using Perl and the DBI Perl module using the DBD::Oracle DBI driver. For some applications, Perl may not offer the speed to provide the necessary performance, especially for high throughput database applications. If your application becomes a performance bottleneck, you may need to turn to a compiled language such as C. In this article, I explain how to write the necessary code to implement our application from Part 1 in C."
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( Permalink: Programming for Oracle on Linux, Part 2      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 5, 2004 )

Damn Small Linux 0.8.2
"Damn Small Linux is a very light-weight distribution, reduced to the bone, but it still offers almost anything one can desire to browse the web, create and edit text documents, listen to some music files, do some irc and message people. It is perfect for a small usable terminal. More, as you will read, it comes with some server-oriented packages too and is ready to become something more than a mini-distribution. This 0.8.2 version comes in a 50 megs ISO: it fits into an usb pen. In my case i just burnt the image on a cd-rw media and booted it. "
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( Permalink: Damn Small Linux 0.8.2      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 5, 2004 )

Linux 3D AGP GPU Roundup
"The focus of this analysis is not to fire up glxgears, and see which program runs it faster. Instead, we want to look at some common graphics intensive applications for Linux and determine how well they run, particularly in relation to their Windows counterparts. We are interested in more than just the benchmark results - getting there is half the fun, and coincidentally, half the weighting for a purchase decision for many of us. Invariably, we will draw some conclusions from one GPU family to another out of the eleven cards that we have chosen to compare today. "
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( Permalink: Linux 3D AGP GPU Roundup      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 5, 2004 )

Linux thin clients
"Thin clients -- also known as diskless workstations, network computers, and network computing appliances -- are simple, robust embedded systems that use various networking protocols to enable local users to run applications on powerful remote servers. Since they are embedded, often solid-state systems (no moving parts), thin clients are said to require less maintenance and enjoy a longer usable lifespan than traditional "fat" clients, or PC desktops. "
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( Permalink: Linux thin clients      Submitted by Noel Tue Oct 5, 2004 )

Custom Postfix Spam Filter
To divert but not loose mail from non-rbl'ed clients that my postfix server can not reverse dns, I wrote the script at http://www.thompsonstidbits.com/dads_stuff/mymailserver/postfix. Most of it is spam that I will never read now :-).

( Permalink: Custom Postfix Spam Filter      Submitted by Fred Scott Thompson Tue Oct 5, 2004 )

NetBSD 2.0 RC2 tagged
The much anticipated release of NetBSD 2.0 is getting closer and closer! After NetBSD-2.0_RC1 was tagged recently, there have been a few pullups that fix some issues with Linux emulation under NetBSD/i386 as well as some installation problems under some of the ARM-based ports. A second Release Candidate, RC2, was tagged on October 1st. This means that the final release of NetBSD 2.0 will need to be pushed back approximately 1-2 weeks to allow for testing of this Release Candidate.

As usual, binary snapshots will soon be available on the release engineering ftp server -- any problems should be reported using send-pr or the GNATS web frontend.

( Permalink: NetBSD 2.0 RC2 tagged      Submitted by Jan Schaumann Tue Oct 5, 2004 )

RealPlayer spun round by series of bugs
"Eye has uncovered new security holes affecting a wide range of RealNetworks' media players, the latest desktop-based bugs set to worry IT managers. The flaws could be exploited via a malicious Web page or a RealMedia file run from a local drive to take over a user's system or delete files, according to RealNetworks."
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( Permalink: RealPlayer spun round by series of bugs      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 4, 2004 )

For schools, Apple offers special iMac G5, eMac
"Apple has a habit of quietly releasing special Macintosh models for schools and colleges. There were, for example, the Power Mac 5000 line and the G3 All-in-One Mac for education (both of which resembled early and somewhat pedestrian precursors to the original iMac). But with the release of the new iMac G5, some educational technology departments might want to look at Apple's online education store, where they'll discover pricing and an additional iMac G5 available only to educational institutions."
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( Permalink: For schools, Apple offers special iMac G5, eMac      Submitted by Noel Mon Oct 4, 2004 )

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