GNU/Linux

More new experiences with Trustix

I have recently installed both TSL 2.2 (Sunchild) and TSEL (release 2) so I am no expert, but there don’t seem to be a lot of big differences, except for the no fee license distribution has a far spiffier release code name.
Sunchild. I just have to like something at least a little if it is called Sunchild. Not … Read the rest

Trustix gives a good first impression

I have been looking for a new Linux distrubution ever since I figured out that “Enterprise” is corporate speak for “Give me all your money”. (See Understanding RedHat’s Strategy.) My primary business applcation only supports a few different Linux distros, so my choices are limited. The other day I was abruptly made aware of another contender I had … Read the rest

Holiday Gift from the Honey Net Project

In my last post I mentioned a webcast about honeynets and honeypots by Lance Spitzner. Last week he posted a short report titled “Know Your Enemy: Trend Analysis” which is an analysis of data collected by the Honey Net Project. (It is one answer to the question, “what does one do with a Honeypot?”)
http://www.honeynet.org/papers/trends/life-linux.pdf
The report says that … Read the rest

Informative Security Oriented Webcast from SANS

SANS Institute Free Webcast: Honeypots
Today I listened to this live webcast by Lance Spitzner, founder of the Honeynet Project. I’ve read a lot of Lance’s stuff before so it was kind of exciting to hear him speak, in a really geeky sort of way.
You’ll have to register to hear the webcast, registration is free. Spitzner has … Read the rest

Kernel Headers in RedHat Linux 9


I need a compiler to install some perl modules. (???) So I start…
[root@NewShoebox i386]# rpm -Uvh gcc-3.2.2-5.i386.rpm
error: Failed dependencies:
binutils = 2.12.90.0.7-1 is needed by gcc-3.2.2-5
cpp = 3.2.2-5 is needed by gcc-3.2.2-5
glibc-devel = 2.2.90-12 is needed by gcc-3.2.2-5
[root@NewShoebox i386]# rpm -Uvh glibc-devel-2.3.2-27.9.7.i386.rpm
error: Failed dependencies:
kernel-headers is needed by glibc-devel-2.3.2-27.9.7
kernel-headers = 2.2.1 is needed … Read the rest

More on Shrike

So I finally got around to an install of RH9. There was a glitch at the end of the first disk and the install died. When I rebooted, I had enough of an install complete that it booted and most services started. I had half a mind to see what would happen if I launched KDE.
Fortunately it was the … Read the rest

Real independence & fink

I was very jazzed when I realized that I could answer my friend’s question with a GNU (GNU’s Not Unix see: http://www.gnu.org) answer. What is so utterly cool about this factoid is that he uses an Apple. OS X is a BSD dirivative, which gives it most of the tools that make *nix such a powerful platform. And oh … Read the rest