Slackware 15.0 will ship Plasma 5

There has been a long and tedious debate among slackers over whether the distribution should stick with KDE4 or move to Plasma 5. According to Slackware’s KDE maintainer Eric Hameleers, a decision has been made and Slackware 15.0 will ship Plasma 5.

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Another significant WordPress brute-force attack in the works

So today I’ve experienced a more significant than usual attack against WordPress installations hosted on one of our company servers. So far I’ve blocked more than 17000 21000 unique IP addresses, but the attackers seem to have an endless supply and they’re not slowing down. Note: This article was updated on January 27, 2018.

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How to enable HTTP/2 in Apache 2.4 on Gentoo Linux

I recently added support for the HTTP/2 protocol on this server and I am really pleased with the additional performance gains. This VPS was already running a functional LAMP stack, so the following steps describe the necessary configuration changes for my setup which relies on Apache with PHP-FPM.

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Gentoo 17.0 profile upgrade is complete

This Scaleway hosted Gentoo x86_64 server (VC1S with 2 cores and 2GB of RAM) has finally completed the move to the new Gentoo 17.0 profile. Rebuilding my entire system consisting of 277 packages lasted 26 hours and went by without any issues. All packages were re-emerged with --jobs=1 to keep the system responsive during compilation, and to avoid exhausting available memory.

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Top 5 GNU/Linux distributions of 2017

Are you currently unsatisfied with your Linux distribution? Perhaps it’s time to consider a distribution that offers more than a different selection of wallpapers. Make your Linux experience great again by choosing one of the following operating systems.

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Season’s greetings from the Chaos Computer Club

So the 34. Chaos Communication Congress is currently in progress and the boys (and girls) attending were kind enough to send some thoughtful wishes to working sysadmins around the globe. The following entry appeared in my server log earlier today:

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Gentoo – Protect your running PHP version from emerge depclean

Now that I’ve been running this blog on Gentoo Linux for a while, I’ve discovered a few new potential gotchas when failing to pay attention while interacting with Portage. The latest addition to my list was nearly removing my running PHP installation with emerge --depclean.

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Wordfence warns against a massive brute-force attack campaign

On the 18th of December Wordfence posted the following entry describing an ongoing distributed brute force-attack campaign targeting WordPress installations. It was accompanied by a dramatic chart highlighting the number of attacks per hour. According to Wordfence, it was the most aggressive campaign they’ve seen so far. However, as a WordPress hosting provider I’ve found no data to support these claims.

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Deploy different Content Security Policies (CSPs) using Apache conditional statements

Having a strict content Content Security Policy (CSP) can be a useful addition for your website security. However, when running a content management system (CMS) like WordPress, you’re often forced to make a few a undesired compromises.

To work around the problem, I previously had two different policies available within my virtual host configuration that I toggled on and off (by hand) depending on whether I needed to use the dashboard or not. Imagine how much simpler life would be if Apache could work with if/else statements.

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Malicious bots sending site.ru as the HTTP referer

I’ve received a few hundred requests originating from bots setting site.ru as their referrer. These attacks are scanning for compromised WordPress installations and PHP based shells and backdoors. The attacking IP’s belong to compromised hosts and websites from service providers around the world.

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