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Running Arbitrary Scripts Under CVS
O'Reilly gets fancy with CVS.
"Five files in the CVSROOT directory of the repository enable you to run arbitrary scripts when a file is committed or tagged. Common uses for these files include interfacing CVS to a bug management system, a change tracker, or another tool; enforcing compliance with a project policy; and triggering processes such as automated export programs."

( Permalink: Running Arbitrary Scripts Under CVS      Submitted by Noel Fri Jun 6, 2003 )

Interview with Ximian's Nat Friedman
OSNews features a very interesting interview with Nat Friedman, of Ximian fame. Nat tells all and talks about the upcoming Ximian Desktop 2 and its differences from Gnome 2, the difficulties of developing the MS Exchange Connector, Linux as a desktop and its integration issues, Mono and plans for Gnome integration, the hundrends of OpenOffice.org changes made to make OOo like a Gnome2 app, and how Ximian feels... about Apple's business. Four screenshots of Ximian Desktop 2 are included too.

( Permalink: Interview with Ximian's Nat Friedman      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jun 5, 2003 )

Practical Database Design
This article on IBM developerWorks is the first in a two-part series on relational database fundamentals. The focus is on vendor independent Best Practices and recommendations. Part 1 discusses primary and foreign keys, as well as simple and complex data types.

( Permalink: Practical Database Design      Submitted by Anonymous Thu Jun 5, 2003 )

Protecting Data with Norton Ghost 2003
Unix Review takes a look at Norton Ghost 2003.
"The front of the box reports that it works with "XP Home/XP Pro/2000 Pro/NT WS/Me/98" and leaves Linux out of the equation altogether. Not surprisingly, Linux is not mentioned anywhere on the box, and anyone who has worked with the operating system for a while knows that the Window-ish interface shown on the back of the box as the GUI for the product is never going to pop up under Red Hat."

( Permalink: Protecting Data with Norton Ghost 2003      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 5, 2003 )

Apache Vulnerabilities
In this weeks Security Alerts, we look at problems in Apache, PHP, CUPS, ghostscript, glibc, Apache Portable Runtime, gps, mod_gzip, Batalla Naval, and Xmame..

( Permalink: Apache Vulnerabilities      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 5, 2003 )

Postfix with SASL Authentication over TLS
Daemon News tells us how to set up Postfix with SASL Authentication over TLS.
"You may not know that your users send spam until you get on the spamming list. I hope I don't have to explain why mechanisms such as: identification, authentication and authorization have to be implemented. In this article I will show you how to force users to authenticate before sending mail through Postfix. Ready?"

( Permalink: Postfix with SASL Authentication over TLS      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 5, 2003 )

CUPS - Common Unix Printing System
Slashdot reviews the book: CUPS - Common Unix Printing System.
"However, if you are serious about printing, if you are considering replacing the outdated legacy printing system that came with your Unix or Linux or if you are a developer even remotely interested in Linux/Unix printing, this book is for you."

( Permalink: CUPS - Common Unix Printing System      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 4, 2003 )

OpenBSD Gets Harder to Crack
eWeek takes a look at OpenBSD 3.3.
"eWEEK Labs has used past versions of OpenBSD for a number of years in our lab for network firewalls as well as in OpenHack security tests and have come to trust the product's rock-solid reliability and secure-out-of-the-box configuration. It's free to download or $40 for a CD version."

( Permalink: OpenBSD Gets Harder to Crack      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 4, 2003 )

Being Selective with MySQL
Unix Review talks about using SELECT in MySQL.
"One of the most elementary statements in MySQL is the SELECT statement, used for querying a database. And yet, I regularly see questions posted on Usenet forums from people looking for assistance with some aspect of it. Since this is one of the first articles in this MySQL series, exploring the possibilities of SELECT should prove useful."

( Permalink: Being Selective with MySQL      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 4, 2003 )

Humor: Hacker Haiku
Here are a few snapshots from a hacker's world captured in that tiniest of literary forms, haiku. Some express great sadness, such as this sample:
"Overclock your box
it is very fast ... at first
warranty now void"

Here is the whole article.

( Permalink: Humor: Hacker Haiku      Submitted by Anonymous Wed Jun 4, 2003 )

Saving Our Bacon
O'Reilly brings us: Saving Our Bacon: Snort Security Holes and Strategies for Safe Network Monitoring.
"In this article, I will review the attacks that have been launched against Snort in the past, as well as the recent (and more serious) buffer overflows. In each case, I'll discuss the ways Snort developers have responded to the attacks, and the strategies system administrators can take to minimize the risks."

( Permalink: Saving Our Bacon      Submitted by Noel Wed Jun 4, 2003 )

Review - Red Hat Linux Survival Guide
Red Hat Linux is by far the most popular Linux distribution and therefore many books cover it in great detail. This time I went through a book that's not massive in size as others but it still covers a lot of material. Brought to you by the official Red Hat Press, it says to deliver practical advice to get you up and running in no time. Should you get this book? Read more at Help Net Security.

( Permalink: Review - Red Hat Linux Survival Guide      Submitted by LogError Mon Jun 2, 2003 )

Hidden Treasures of the Perl Core
Perl.com tells us about the hidden treasures of the Perl Core.
"The Perl Core comes with a lot of little modules to help you get thejob done. Many of these modules are not well-known. Even some of the well-known modules have some nice features that are often overlooked. In this article, we'll dive into many of these hidden treasures of the Perl Core."

( Permalink: Hidden Treasures of the Perl Core      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 2, 2003 )

Doing It All with OpenSSH
Linux Journal tells us about OpenSSH.
"OpenSSH is an open-source implementation of the secure shell protocol that comes with almost every major Linux distribution. You can run out to www.openssh.org to get the latest and greatest, but you probably already have it on your system. That said, keeping up to date with the latest version of OpenSSH is essential if you want to maintain security. So, if your version of OpenSSH is more than a few months old, you may want to consider checking for an update."

( Permalink: Doing It All with OpenSSH      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 2, 2003 )

Novell's New Identity
Alwayson talks to Chris Stone, Vice Chairman of Novell.
"At BrainShare, we announced that in NetWare 7.0, we are going to give our customers a choice between the NetWare kernel or a Linux kernel. We can do this because we have a large support infrastructure."

( Permalink: Novell's New Identity      Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 2, 2003 )

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IRIX Binary Compatibility
(Tue Aug 13, 2002)

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(Tue Aug 13, 2002)

Using the InterMezzo Distributed Filesystem
(Tue Aug 13, 2002)

C Call Vulnerabilities
(Tue Aug 13, 2002)

Solaris x86 Lives!
(Tue Aug 13, 2002)

Creative Attacks Beat Crypto
(Mon Aug 12, 2002)

Automatically-Shrinking Caches
(Mon Aug 12, 2002)

Securing Remote PF Firewall Logs
(Mon Aug 12, 2002)

Professional Audio Closer to Linux
(Mon Aug 12, 2002)

Building Sounds With SoundTracker
(Mon Aug 12, 2002)

Red Hat's Limbo Beta 2 Progress
(Fri Aug 9, 2002)

Web Development with Apache and Perl
(Fri Aug 9, 2002)

Time for Open-Source to Grow Up
(Fri Aug 9, 2002)

OpenLDAP with Linux and Windows
(Fri Aug 9, 2002)

freeVSD Gives You 250 Web Development Sandboxes
(Fri Aug 9, 2002)

SuSE 8.1 & UnitedLinux Server 8
(Thu Aug 8, 2002)

Cleaning Up Red Hat's Gnome2 UI
(Thu Aug 8, 2002)

Modern Distributed Filesystems For Linux
(Thu Aug 8, 2002)

Storage Consolidation Part 2
(Thu Aug 8, 2002)

Quicken and QuickBooks and Visio, oh my!
(Thu Aug 8, 2002)

Readers React to Take a Mac User to Lunch
(Wed Aug 7, 2002)

E-Mail Encryption: Why Isn't Everyone Doing It?
(Wed Aug 7, 2002)

BRU v17.0: Reliable Backup
(Wed Aug 7, 2002)

Installing OpenBSD 3.1
(Wed Aug 7, 2002)

Interview with Xandros President Michael Bego
(Wed Aug 7, 2002)

A Revolution in Search Technology and Design
(Tue Aug 6, 2002)

Post to Bugtraq -- Go to Jail
(Tue Aug 6, 2002)

Protecting Privacy with Translucent Databases
(Tue Aug 6, 2002)

Backing up FreeBSD with SMBFS
(Tue Aug 6, 2002)

OpenSSH Advisory: FTP Server Trojaned
(Tue Aug 6, 2002)

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