Another year of hosting an onion site

The highly anticipated continuation of last year’s riveting tale of fear and loathing on the dark web. I hereby offer a full disclosure of attack patterns observed against my onion and my WordPress installation, respectively.

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Dictionary attacks against IMAP servers are great again

After the GhostProject started offering access to 1.4 billion credentials in the form of usernames with clear text passwords, I’ve seen an expected increase in attacks against customers e-mail accounts.

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Oh my God, they killed HPKP!

This week Google went ahead and removed support for HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP) from Chromium after some initial stumbles. The change was committed and tagged for Chromium 72.0.x and can now be observed by users of Chrome Canary.

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Gentoo – ModSecurity 2.9.1 lands in stable on amd64

Gentoo developers recently marked mod_security-2.9.1 and modsecurity-crs 3.0.2 as stable on amd64, thus allowing me to move on from the dormant ModSecurity 2.7.7 release. Good thing I got this update on a Sunday though as it turned out to be more than a simple drop in replacement.

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This website is IPv6 ready

As of today, this modest Gentoo VPS is finally available over IPv6. I’ve been putting off this move for a while as I needed to make sure that my services were correctly configured for IPv6.

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How to add and modify POP or IMAP accounts with Outlook Office 365

Why on earth would there ever be a need to write such an article one might ask? Well, the current Outlook Office 365 version had me puzzled as I was unable to manually configure an IMAP account according to my preferences. Apparently, “set up your account manually” now translates to let Outlook autoconfigure the account.

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A quick site update

Back in August I removed a few services associated with this blog along with some other changes. Here’s a brief summary (TL;DR: nothing important or interesting).

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Gentoo – New slot for PHP 7.2 on amd64

PHP 7.2 just went stable on amd64 providing me with an opportunity to finally migrate away from PHP 7.0. Unlike the PHP 7.1 releases, PHP 7.2 offers significant performance improvements.

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Welcome to my new v3 onion

Gentoo recently marked Tor 0.3.4.7 as stable on amd64 so without further ado I’m launching my v3 onion. This hidden service is available at the following 56 bit long address: 4hpfzoj3tgyp2w7sbe3gnmphqiqpxwwyijyvotamrvojl7pkra7z7byd.onion

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How long does it take before Google starts de-indexing your pages on server failure

I recently got the opportunity to discover how long Google would keep showing my content on the search engine result pages when my web server was unavailable. Predictably, I only had a short window of time before my content got removed. And the first content to go was my top ranking pages.

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