Remove Ubuntu Keyring Password

I often access Linux remotely but since 10.04 I have been encountering issues with the remote desktop. After a reboot, in order to gain remote desktop connection it would always prompt for a password. In situations where it reboots and … Continue reading



Ubuntu 10.04 Firewall (UFW) Basics

Overview UFW or Uncomplicated FireWall is a basic software solution for protecting against network intrusions. It’s basic in the form that it’s a wrapper around the more powerful and complex iptables and therefore makes some assumptions such as rate limits. … Continue reading



Apache 2 Hardening Tips

Below are some of the tricks I use or found useful to try to mitigate unwanted attention. Whilst this is not a definitive guide these are simple quick things that can be done. This was written for Ubuntu but it … Continue reading



Check For Rootkits In Ubuntu

There’s a nice pre-made script which checks your Ubuntu system for Rootkits. Whilst it’s by no means exhaust way of finding out if your system is infected it makes it real simply and easy to do. First thing to do … Continue reading



WiTopia VPN Service Review

I have always wanted to get a VPN server running at home so that I can tunnel back into the network remotely and also to protect myself on public hot spots. The former was more complicated than I thought and … Continue reading



Web Server Basic Authentication = Weak

I’d like to point out that I knew Basic Authentication in web servers were not bullet proof but in fact the total opposite (pointed out in the energy@home documents). This was hammered home when I was inspired to do some … Continue reading



Enable SFTP On VSFTPD In Ubuntu

Enabling SFTP is very easy and makes FTP protocol a lot more secure than traditional FTP because passwords are not sent in plain text which is susceptible to a lot of things such as packet sniffers, man-in-the-middle, etc. Assuming VSFTPD … Continue reading



SSH On Multiple Ports

It is possible to have SSHD (SSH server) to listen on multiple ports. some places block port 22 the default port for SSH. To over come this you can use another port such as 3389 (which happens to be the … Continue reading