Instead of the packaged WordPress I run the version provided by WordPress. It is installed using a different userid from the userid the web server runs as. To enable updates from the Admin Dashboard, I enabled sftp (ssh). This is how I did it. Using the sftp option requires the php ssh module. This command […]
When installing third-party applications, they often default to running as root. The server applications for TeamSite/LiveSite are among those. I have applied a simple modification to the init.d scripts that starts them as a non-root user. It also allows the scripts to be run by members of an administration group via sudo. This approach is […]
i recently had an issue with frequent login attempts against on of my services. These were almost all from countries that should not be accessing my service. To resolve the issue I implemented geo blocking with TCP Wrappers. This is how I went about geo blocking connections.
This post will be continually developed. I recently designed some solutions to solve some issues with init.d and setup scripts. These may be of use to others, and I will likely reuse them.
A StackExchange question on using HAProxy’s capture feature to pass data from TCP mode to HTTP mode prompted me to update my SSL configuration. This was intended to get an A+ rating from SSL Labs by sending non-SNI capable clients to a server with weaker ciphers. This was to enable clients on WinXP/IE8, Java 6, […]
I’ve done a little tuning to my WordPress setup. In order to keep up to date, I’ve switched from the Ubuntu installation to a downloaded installation under /opt/wordpress. This is owned by my user and served by apache running as www-data. Updates are done using the sftp add-on. Securing /opt/wordpress I added myself to the […]
A recent kernel change broke my CPU performance tuning. I have an AMD processor which presents 4 cores to the kernel. The process in this article should work for Intel processors although the governors and CPU settings tree may be different. Different kernels may also have different settings. The current kernel allows setting the governor per […]
Google has announced a sunset for SHA-1 certificate signatures in Chrome. SHA-2 (aka SHA-256, SHA-384, and SHA-512) is the remaining option for certificate signatures. I decided to upgrade my certificates to SHA-2 (256 bits). However, when I tried to use tinyca2 to generate a SHA-2 certificate, I found it was not supported. As tinyca2 is […]
The new Poodle vulnerability lead me to disable SSLv3 on my Ubuntu server. I have TLS/SSL enabled on three services: apache2, exim4, and dovecot2. Each service required a different method to disable SSLv3. Ubuntu uses configuration files split into small pieces. The method should apply to other distributions, although the configuration files may be arranged […]
How to provide DNS server addresses to IPv6 clients using Router Announcements.