(IN)Secure Magazine Issue 29, March 2011 has been released

Mar 09
2011

Probably the best security magazine :)

Topics covered:

  • Virtual machines: Added planning to the forensic acquisition process
  • Review: iStorage diskGenie
  • Managers are from Mars, information security professionals are from Venus
  • PacketWars: A cyber security sport for a cyber age
  • Q&A: Graham Cluley on Facebook security and privacy
  • Financial Trojans: Following the money
  • Mobile encryption: The new frontier
  • Report: RSA Conference 2011
  • Combating public sector fraud with better information analysis
  • Q&A: Stefan Frei on security research and vulnerability management
  • The expanding role of digital certificatesÉ in more places than you think
  • 5 questions to ask when reevaluating your data security solution
  • How to achieve strong authentication on the Web while balancing security, usability and cost

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Speed up your (ubuntu) Linux box with preload

Mar 06
2011

There is a very nice way of utilizing the spare gigabytes of memory on your (laptop) computer.

Preload is a tool which actively monitors the usage of programs running on your machine and preloads the libraries of the most used ones. Thus dramatically increasing the loading time of those applications. It is very intelligent, so the only think you need to do is isntall it. On an ubuntu based distro you can easy do that by typing:

sudo apt-get install preload

Alternatively you can download it from its home page.

It will then run in the background and do its magic :)

The only drawback one can see is the slightly lager memory usage, but who cares since RAM is cheap and you probably have more that you need, but that’s not certainly the case with your hard drive. I believe very few laptops come with solid state disks where reading  libraries from the disk every time is not an issue. Most of us are unlucky to own a 5.4k rpm hard disk with 8-16M cache… and this costs us sometimes what seems like an age to load a text editor or the browser.

A few points to note:

  • logs are kept in /var/log/preload.log
  • absolutely no configuration is needed, however you can tune the parameters of /etc/preload.conf to suit your needs
  • sudo /etc/init.d/preload {start, stop, reload} can be executed to start, stop and reload config file

As some test results claim on the Internet it will be able to speed up loading of your most frequently used programs with an average of up to 50% :-0

 

Very quick and very basic overview of network security.

Mar 01
2011

Hi guys

That’s what I wrote for one of my school’s assignments on network security. It is a quick, rather incomplete overview of the security threads on the network, so it is suitable for anybody with little or no knowledge at all in this area.

Warning: Not experienced users.
Allergy advice: May contain trace of nuts :D

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Open Pentest bookmark collection

Mar 01
2011

There it is guys a nice collection of “hackery”  bookmarks. They are not all inclusive and some sections need to be parsed but they are all good reference materials. I find having this Hackery folder in Firefox an easy way to reference syntax, tricks, methods, and generally facilitate and organize research. Hopefully the initial set will grow and expand.
Opening it up to everyone will facilitate a knowledge transfer.

 

If you use dropbox, there’s my public link to the latest version.

 

Author : http://www.securityaegis.com/

 

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