Banner message for ssh

Using a pre-authentication banner with ssh can verify identification before a password is entered. This can help prevent leaking passwords. Banners are simple to configure but often disabled in the default configuration.

Transparent Squid Proxy

Over the holidays, I had a user experience and attempted browser hijacking. It appeared to have bypassed my squid proxy. My updated configuration now sends all web access via squid. The old firewall rules, that allowed direct access to the Internet, have been replaced with a transparent Squid proxy. This runs on my existing Squid Proxy using another port.

Firewalling Google Chat and Skype

To enable for Internet chat I set up Google Chat and Skype.  My firewall rules have been extremely restrictive with only known and approved services allowed to connect.  Google Chat installed with no noticeable impact to the firewall. Things did not go so well with Skype. The installation of Skype resulted in lots of warnings… Continue reading Firewalling Google Chat and Skype

Monitoring with Munin

Munin is a system monitoring program designed to capture and graph performance statistics with minimal configuration. It is significantly easier to configure than MRTG and has a wide variety of plugins.  The Ubuntu (Debian) installer will setup a reasonable configuration on installation.  It requires one server, and a client daemon on all monitored servers including… Continue reading Monitoring with Munin