Stories of compromised servers and data theft fill today's news. It
isn't difficult for someone who has read an informative blog post to
access a system via a misconfigured service, take advantage of a recently
exposed vulnerability or gain control using a stolen password.
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is the open, multi-vendor
replacement for the aging BIOS standard, which first appeared in IBM
computers in 1976. The UEFI standard is extensive, covering the full
boot architecture. This article focuses on a single useful but typically
overlooked feature of UEFI: secure boot.
With Hiera, you can externalize your systems' configuration data and
easily understand how those values are assigned to your servers. With
that data separated from your Puppet code, you then can encrypt sensitive
values, such as passwords and keys.
If you've used the command line much at all you know about I/O redirection
for redirecting input to and/or output from a program.
What you don't see all that often or that you may not be familiar
with is redirecting I/O inside a bash script.
And I'm not talking about redirections that you use when
your script executes another command, I'm talking about redirecting
your script's I/O once it has already started executing.
Yesterday's Keynote from Drupal project founder, Dries Buytaert, kicked off the annual North American gathering of Drupalists from around the world, and also kicked off a new Drupal community initiative aimed at promoting the Drupal platform through a coordinated marketing effort using funds raised within the community.