An OpenSSL key vulnerability for Debian 4.0 and Debian-based Linux distributions was published on May 13th, 2008. This vulnerability has the potential to affect any systems which trust keys generated by Debian 4.0 and its derivative operating systems.
Please see the Debian and Debian-based Distribution Security Notice posted on the VPSLink forums and the SSL [...]

System resource monitoring is one of those ‘black arts’ in Unixland that many dabble in, but few really master. Few of us ever need to go beyond top to find out what’s affecting the performance of a server, but there are other aspects of monitoring system resource usage where top is worthless. In addition, a [...]

PostgreSQL authentication

When PostgreSQL is installed, it has its own user added, usually postgres or pgsql. By default, just this user will be able to connect to a datatabase, and without a password. If you are running as root, you can su to the postgresql user using ‘su – postgres‘, then run ‘psql databasename‘ to connect.
You may [...]

After using Apache for a while, you are probably tired of “less’ing”/”grep’ing” your log files. You might want something a little more flexible and efficient. How about having the logs in a database table, one field per column? Now that would be an improvement. Several of your Virtual Hosts already use MySQL, and it’s about [...]

There are plenty of reasons why you would want to setup an online storage solution. Whether you need to have your files accessible from anywhere, or want to share them with your friends, or to distribute your software, you will need to evaluate the many different technologies available and find the one that fits your [...]

Happy SysAdmin Day

And a few members of the SA team getting ready to enjoy some cake!

HP blows up a datacenter

I ran across this earlier this morning reading Liam Eagle’s Blog. Check out the mass destruction!

When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth

I just got through a fantastic short story, When Sysadmins Ruled The Earth. I came across the story via Wil Wheaton Dot Net. For those of you who watched Star Terk the Next Generation, Wil played Wesley Crusher. The story was quite moving, and anyone that has any sysadmin experience will appreciate it.

The Endurance Race of Server Uptime

The 75th running of the ‘24 hour of Le Mans’ was this weekend, a sports car race held in France. It looks like experience and the ability to expect the unexpected came out on top once again. Audi won the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, tacking on an additional win to their seven-year [...]

Many of you may have read Robert M. Pirsig’s ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values’. If you haven’t I highly suggest picking up a copy. The book is based on two motorcycle riders, representing two very different personalities — sort of the yin-yang of motorcycling.
“What does this have to do [...]