Switching to Linux, Checklist

Switching to Linux, Checklist

Guest post by Richard Larson Linux often seems like a breath of fresh air to Windows users. It’s free. It doesn’t have bloatware issues. You don’t have to pay for it. It has less malware and hacking issues because it’s less profitable and productive for the baddies to concentrate on an operating system with less users. […]

Linux: Timeouting commands in shell scripts

Linux: Timeouting commands in shell scripts

Article by Mikko Ohtamaa first posted on his blog Often you want to automatize something using shell scripting. In a perfect world your script robot works for you without getting tired, without hick-ups, and you can just sit at the front of your desk and sip coffee. Then we enter the real world: Your network […]

Ripping DVD with Handbrake on Linux

Ripping DVD with Handbrake on Linux

Article by Charles McColm first published on FullCircle, issue 88 Physical media is cumbersome. If you own a lot of DVDs, Blueray discs, VHS, or, gasp!, Discovision (circa 1978), you know how ugly it looks stored in your living room by your entertainment system. Digital media is hot for its portability between devices. Ripping DVDs is a fairly simple process and there are […]

Linux Terminal: An lsof Primer

Linux Terminal: An lsof Primer

Article by Daniel Miessler first posted on his blog lsof is the sysadmin/security über-tool. I use it most for getting network connection related information from a system, but that’s just the beginning for this powerful and too-little-known application. The tool is aptly called lsof because it “lists openfiles“. And remember, in UNIX just about everything […]

How to check if you are vulnerable to shellshock

The most new and dangerous bug around it’s the one called “shellshock”, this is a security bug in the widely used Unix Bash shell which was disclosed on 24 September 2014. Many Internet daemons, such as web servers, use Bash to process certain commands, allowing an attacker to cause vulnerable versions of Bash to execute […]