Linux Journal Contents #177, January 2009

Linux Journal Issue #177/January 2009

It's a battle as old as time: good vs. evil. Fortunately, Linux and FOSS are on our side as we wage the battle against those who try to steal our secrets and invade our systems. Checking your system's security is best done sooner rather than later. Test the locks with our article on security verification; find out how to use PAM to help secure your systems; use MinorFS and AppArmor to implement discretionary access control; learn more about Samba security in part III of our series; use Darknet to help detect bots and secure your systems; use the Yubikey to increase your site's security; and don't forget to lock the doors, because a cold boot attack could render your security useless if somebody has physical access to your computer. But, we're not just about sowing the seeds of fear. We also show you how to use memcached in Rails, how to manage multiple servers efficiently, how to deploy applications easily with Capistrano, how to manage your videos with MythVideo, how to mix it up a bit (your audio that is), and even play a few games.



  • MinorFs  by Rob Meijer
    A set of user-space filesystems for enhanced discretionary access control.
  • Detecting Botnets  by Grzegorz Landecki
    Using Darknet to secure environments from threats in the wild.
  • MythVideo: Managing Your Videos  by Michael J. Hammel
    Too many videos in your MythTV menu? With a little planning, finding your favorite movies can be a breeze
  • Using Capistrano  by Dan Frost
    Simplify application deployment.



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Bull versus whatever

Anonymous's picture

This is the last place on earth where I expect to find the old cliche of good vs evil. What (rich) people don't understand is that too much good breeds evil too: we become insensitive to other humans and rather label THEM the evils. How about a more balanced and peaceful approach? I know I'm off the subject, but I think I'm in the spirit of FOSS. How about a little bit of dualism? Let the good and evil compete- that's how progress is made- by COMPETING contraries.

Laur Tobos, Lansing MI