May 26, 2016

Enable Native SSL for barnyard2

  I recently had to do some reconfiguration of an intrusion detection system (IDS) that used barnyard2 to parse unified2 output from suricata and insert the data into a remote mysql database. The system was previously configured to use ssh tunnels to encrypt all traffic. These tunnels were kept alive with autossh , but this configuration needed a lot of care and feeding due to hiccups in the network. Due to the continual issues with the autossh tunnels, I decided to get rid of the ssh tunnels and simply enable native SSL for barnyard2. Unfortunately, this was a bit more time consuming than initially […]
October 22, 2015

Github Education Pack

  I stumbled upon the GitHub Education Pack last week while looking to see if GitHub had an educational discount. They do, in a way….free. Not only does GitHub offer a free educational account for several years they have (apparently) teamed up with over a dozen other development tools/vendors/services to offer their services as well. It took a week or so for GitHub to review the request and respond, but it’s well worth the wait. While I haven’t checked out all of the services, I have looked at a few and it’s pretty fantastic (free is hard to beat). If you are […]
October 22, 2015

New AWS + ServerPilot + CloudFlare Hosting Solution

This past weekend I had a few hours to work out the latest version of hosting this site. After my frustrations with self-signed SSL certificates I decided to just roll my own server in AWS a few days ago. Knowing that CloudFlare offers a free tier of CDN, a recent discovery, I’m not terribly concerned with the capacity of the server. I looked at the yearly pricing of a t2.micro ec2 box on this site here. The bottom-line price was $151 for 3 years of service. This breaks down to roughly $4.20/mo. Comparing that to Godaddy’s $6.99/m0. this seems like a steal. […]
October 21, 2015

Domain Registrar from Godaddy to Google Domains

The other day Godaddy started spamming me with notices that a domain, not this one, was going to expire. I looked into the cost of renewal with Godaddy and was surprised to find that it was $27/yr with no discounts for multi-year renewals. Registering a new domain with Godaddy is only $2.99 plus another $7.99 for private registation ($10.98 total). This was so nuts that I even opened a chat with Godaddy’s sales team to inquire about specials. No deal. $27/yr. was all they had to offer. I knew Google started a domain registation site recently so I thought I’d check […]