The Investigatory Powers Bill for architects and administrators

OK, it’s not the end of the world. But it does change things radically, should it pass third reading in its current form. There is, right now, an opportunity to effect some change to the bill in committee stage, and I urge you to read it and the excellent briefings from Liberty and the Open Rights Group and others and to write to your MP.

Anyway. What does this change in our threat models and security assessments? What aspects of security validation and testing do we need to take more seriously? I’m writing this from my perspective, which is from a small ISP systems perspective, but this contains my personal views, not that of my employer, yada yada.

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Securing Webservers (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS)

So I set up a lot of boxes and quite a few of them get hammered on pretty hard by attackers looking to break them open. I’ve been doing more than usual in the way of this lately so figured I’d do a quick round up of some of my favourite tools to make life easier. These aren’t just applicable to webservers but most of the boxes I use these on are.

Recently things have changed, with IPv6 becoming not just a nice-to-have but a need-to-have these days you’ll tend to run into quite a few tools that work great for IPv4 but aren’t applicable or don’t work on IPv6 yet.

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MythTV and Freesat

Or- how to make TV worthwhile if you happen to have a leftover Sky dish on your house.

So when I moved in to my current university digs, the previous tenants had left a few things behind. Notably, they’d had Sky. So we had a Sky box in the living room and a dish on the wall. In the UK, if you want fast internet these days, you need Virgin Media. VM gives you cable TV in the bundle, so I didn’t want to pay for Sky. But Freesat’s got some nice stuff on it, including BBC HD and that sort of thing. So how about we get ourselves some free TV? Continue reading MythTV and Freesat