Using DNS to block access to selected sites

I use IPCOP and URL filter to block unintentional access to undesirable or high risk sites to reduce the risk of a ‘drive-by download’ attack, but have found that preventing access to sites using HTTPS using URL filter doesn’t work so I needed an alternative solution that would work for a small number of sites.
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Rethinking the Rhythmbox interface

I really like what these guys have come up with, I don’t use Rhythmbox myself yet but given the clean look and feel of this new interface (and the fact that I already know it works rather well as a music player) I will probably give this a try when jessie is released and I finally decide to upgrade my new machine…

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Configure UFW to allow conenctions to bridged network interfaces using tap/tun

Obviously UFW does not affect network protocols like DECnet or LAT but to allow incoming TCP/IP connections to a tap/tun interface that is being used by SIMH or QEMU you need to modify the firewall rules. Continue reading

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My new VAXstation

I’ve known about this website for a while but although the author had made some (considerable) progress enhancing the VAX simulations in ‘simh‘ until a few months ago there was no code available to run on Linux.
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Video Streaming using Netcat

Having messed about a bit with a WebCam a bit I decided to see if how easily I could stream a video on one machine to another, as simply as possible.
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Changing the boot device

As anyone who has reads this blog regularly will have probably noticed I’m not exactly an ‘early adopter’. I do use the latest versions of Debian on some of my machines but not on my main machine, not yet anyway – mainly because everything still just works.
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Disable SSL 3.0 in Firefox

A vulnerability in SSL 3.0 (POODLE) could allow an attacker to obtain clear text data (such as cookies). Modern web browsers support newer stronger encryption methods which are not vulnerable. Unfortunately to ensure backwards compatibility they will silently revert to using SSL 3.0 if necessary when establishing a connection.
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