Mar 252013

Article by Jay Turla first published on infosecinstitute

A lot of sniffers, rootkits, botnets, backdoor shells and malwares are still on the wild today, which are used by malicious attackers after successfully pawning a certain server or any live network in order to maintain their access, elevate their access privilege, and spy other users in a network. In order to protect our network or server from such intrusions and further damage, there are free and open source detection tools that can be deployed and used as part of our security strategy. They are mandatory when our server or network is up and running, especially if a certain user is downloading a file which could possibly be malicious or harmful.

The advantage of using free and open source detection tools is that you obviously don’t need to pay a single penny and that tutorials are very easy to get and understand because manuals are included which are usually named as README so be sure to RTFM (Read the F****** Manual).

Here are some tools which could be of use to you guys
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Mar 022013

Postfix it’s a great mailserver, but it’s not the easiest of the beast to tame if you aren’t an expert system administrator and just want to setup a mail service for your server and domain, so today I’ll show you how to install and configure PostfixAdmin a web based interface used to manage mailboxes, virtual domains and aliases. It also features support for vacation/out-of-the-office messages.

This software is compatible with different databases and IMAP/POP3 server, in the following article I’ll use Mysql as database server, on a Centos 6 Linux server.

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Nov 252012

In the past I’ve posted an article regarding the basic usage of grep, one of the commands that I use daily at work to search a text within multiple files, or a text string in the list of running process of a Linux server, but I’ve forgot to show you a small and useful option : How to colour the output that you get from grep to highlight the text you were searching for in a long line.

This is a small option of this powerful command but can save your eyes when searching for a particular property of a Java process that is 4 or 5 lines long.

To be honest I’ve realised this thanks to an article of Alessio, posted recently on his nice blog: and so the following is the translation by me of his article in Italian with some small addition in examples and explanations.

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The best articles of October 2011

I’m a bit late this month, but here we go, these are the top 7 of the most read articles from Linuxaria in the month of October, it’s your opportunity to read them if you missed them during last month. 7 – Logcheck: why I love you If you have a server, you probably would [...]

Online Budget with Gnucash + MySQL + SSH

Article by Jimmy, first published on his Blog and the BGLUG in Italian Gnucash  is a great tool to keep the budget of the family, and from the version 2.4.0 supports connection to a database, SQLite, MySQL or PostgreSQL for data storage. Using a local database, however, tie to a specific computer for its use. Instead I want to be able to open a GnuCash session from any computer and connect to a single, remote, [...]