Install Lynis and Fix Some Suggestions

    11 Jun 2017
    Lynis I kept reading good things about lynis: Tiger is History, Long Live Modern Alternatives! Lynis 2.2.0 Released – Security Auditing and Scanning Tool for Linux Systems Essential tools for hardening and securing Unix based Environments So I decided to give it a try. Installing Lynis on CentOS 7 The install is pretty easy, just setup the repo as per the instructions in Software Repository and then you can just use yum to install it.... Read more...

    Updating to ElasticStack 5.0

    24 May 2017
    Updating Logstash, ElasticSearch, and Kibana to 5.0 I had the following versions installed of the ELK (elasticsearch,logstash,kibana) Stack: <> rpm -qa | grep -iE 'kibana|elastic|logst' logstash-2.3.4-1.noarch elasticsearch-2.4.1-1.noarch kibana-4.5.4-1.x86_64 I read over the Upgrading the Elastic Stack, and here is the recommended update order: Elasticsearch Hadoop (can talk to Elasticsearch 5.0 and 2.x) Elasticsearch X-Pack for Elasticsearch (combines Marvel Agent, Shield, Watcher, and Graph) Kibana (now includes Timelion and Console, formerly known as Sense) X-Pack for... Read more...

    openSUSE on MacBook Pro 6,2

    10 May 2017
    openSUSE Leap 42.2 I had an old mac book pro laying around and I wanted to install linux on it. I have been reading good things about SUSE/openSUSE so I decided to give it a try. When I went to the download page the first download link was for the beta version, so I decided to try the Leap 42.2 Beta version. I downloaded the ISO and burned it to a DVD. After that I... Read more...

    pfSense on Netgate APU4 1Gb Testing

    25 Apr 2017
    I recently played around with AsusWRT and a 1Gb WAN connection and I was actually pretty happy with the results. Check out my previous post on that. And I want to try the same thing on my pfSense firewall which was running on the Netgate APU4. Direct Speed Test Plugging my laptop directly into the modem, I saw the following results: Which I was pretty happy with. pfSense Speed Test Adding pfSense into mix yielded... Read more...

    Revert to ASUS-WRT from DD-WRT on the Asus RT-AC68U Router

    14 Apr 2017
    I initially install dd-wrt on the Asus RT-AC68U Router (the instructions for that are here) and I actually really liked it. But I remember that the performance of the AsusWRT firmware is supposed to be better. DD-WRT Speed Test I recently got a fiber connection for my WAN and I wanted to see what speed I can reach. Plugging my laptop directly into the Modem, I saw the following: That’s really good. Then plugging my... Read more...

    VMware Remote Console with vSphere 6.0U2

    24 Mar 2017
    Updating to vSphere 6.0U2 I heard that with the 6.0U2 now the new Web Client (VMware Host Client VS. vSphere Web Client) is available on the ESXi host, not just in vCenter. From the Release Notes, under the What’s New section: VMware Host Client: The VMware Host Client is an HTML5 client that is used to connect to and manage single ESXi hosts. It can be used to perform administrative tasks to manage host resources,... Read more...

    Kibana Reports with Phantomjs

    15 Mar 2017
    Reporting with Kibana There have been numerous requests for reporting in Kibana: Generate scheduled reports Export to PDF report generation And there have been a couple of tools that were created to help out: ElasticTab – Elasticsearch to Excel Report Skedler - Report Scheduler for Kibana elastalert And lastly it sounds like X-Pack from Elastic will allow for reporting, but it won’t be free. You can use it for a 30 day trial but after... Read more...

    Installing Splunk Forwarder on pfSense

    24 Feb 2017
    I wanted to ship my suricata alerts to my splunk instance. You could probably use syslog but the json won’t show up nicely in splunk: JSON from Syslog using Splunk, Is it possible to parse an extracted field as json if the whole log line isn’t json?, and Sending rsyslog JSON format. There are a couple of work arounds but they are kind of painful. I heard of the Splunk forwarder and I wanted to... Read more...

    Messing Around with Kubernetes

    15 Feb 2017
    Kubernetes With the popularity of containers, Google came out with a nice management system of containers: kubernetes. From the kubernetes page, here is nice description of what it is: Kubernetes is an open-source platform for automating deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers across clusters of hosts, providing container-centric infrastructure. With Kubernetes, you are able to quickly and efficiently respond to customer demand: Deploy your applications quickly and predictably. Scale your applications on the fly.... Read more...

    Media Casting and Streaming Options

    25 Jan 2017
    ScreenCasting Options It seems in this day and age we have so many options to cast or stream media to our TV. Airplay Of course everyone is familiar with Apple’s Airplay technology. The best way to get this working is with an Apple TV. As soon as you configure it on your local network all your Apple Devices will see a mirror capable device and you can cast your whole screen to it: After you... Read more...