Issue #173 / Apr 2015
DVD: Knoppix 7.5
Approximate on sale dates:
- UK/Europe: Mar 07
- USA/Canada: Apr 03
- Australia: May 04
We look at several tools to protect your network.
Gigabit fiber technology is all the rage in the IT space. Power users around the world are salivating over the possibilities for online gaming and high-res video streaming. In my town, a group of geeks went down to the city hall and demanded our own gigabit services, because we are selling ourselves short or selling our children short by not investing in really super-duper fast Internet.
SERVICE: This Month's DVD
Linux Magazine exclusive Knoppix 7.5
Updates on technologies, trends, and tools
COVER STORIES: Firejail
Running your programs in a jail with Firejail
Firejail enhances security by isolating programs and processes in separate jails and thus regulating access to the filesystem.
COVER STORIES: SQL Pen Testing with sqlmap
Using sqlmap to discover SQL vulnerabilities
SQL injection is a big problem on the Internet. The handy sqlmap utility will tell you if you need to worry about an SQL attack in your own web environment.
COVER STORIES: KeePassX
Secure your passwords and personal data with KeePassX
KeePassX is an open source personal data management tool that lets you keep your passwords, URLs, attachments, and peace of mind
COVER STORIES: Wifislax
Detecting vulnerabilities in the WLAN with Wifislax
Modern WiFi installations provide comfort, but they often have serious security problems. Wifislax offers an extensive collection of tools for checking the security of your wireless network.
FEATURES: Knoppix 7.5 CeBIT Edition
Knoppix 7.5 is based on the current development version of Debian GNU/Linux and comes with hardware support from kernel 3.18 including many updates and new features.
Manipulating network data streams with Netsed
Netsed is a small communication tool that lets users modify the content of TCP and UDP data packets on the local network.
FEATURES: Panoramic Time-Lapse Photos
DIY time-lapse photography
Using a few simple components and open source software, you can create impressive panoramic time-lapse photos. We guide you through the entire process, from building a simple panning rig to assembling photos into a time-lapse video.
FEATURES: Perl: Autokey Automation
Perl script manages keyboard shortcuts
The Autokey utility automates desktop processes by triggering specific actions when the user enters predefined text shortcuts or presses hotkey combinations. Perl helps to manage these helpers.
Nethogs monitors network bandwidth per process
Nethogs knows which programs and users are monopolizing the system's network connection.
FEATURES: Bitwig Studio 1.1
What's new in Bitwig 1.1
The latest version 1.1 of the Bitwig digital audio workstation provides an array of major improvements.
FEATURES: Charly's Column: Pulse
The sys admin's daily grind – Pulse
Equal treatment, as sys admin Charly so boldly proposes, should be the norm. What he really wants is a free tool to sync user data across multiple computers.
FEATURES: Ask Klaus!
Klaus Knopper answers your Linux questions...
Bring order to the system jungle with Foreman
Orchestration tools such as Chef, Puppet, and SaltStack provide uniform management of a system landscape, but they can't do everything. Foreman fills in the gaps and installs a uniform interface that makes the admin's life a lot easier.
LINUXUSER: Workspace: digiKam Photo Sharing
Export and share photos with digiKam
digiKam makes it possible to share photos in a variety of ways, and the application supports many popular photo-sharing services. In this article, we put digiKam's photo-sharing capabilities to practical use.
Treecle organizes and structures information
Treecle organizes information into categories and bundles it into a neat tree structure. Although the fairly young program shows some minor weaknesses, it is already fit for use.
LINUXUSER: Command Line: wajig
Package management with wajig
The wajig tool simplifies package management using self-explanatory sub-commands.
LINUXUSER: Free Puzzle Software
Puzzles and brain teasers
Creating and solving letter and number puzzles is a popular pastime. We look at some of the free software that is available for this hobby on Linux.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Doghouse: ARM 64-bit Port
Testing Linux modules for ARM64
Twenty years ago Linux was ported to a 64-bit RISC processor. Now the challenge is to put GNU/Linux on modern 64-bit ARM processors.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Calligra Suite
Calligra Suite redefines the Office Suite
Calligra Suite goes beyond the standard four or five office suite programs by offering a range of applications for desktop and mobile computers.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Kolab Now
Private mail with Kolab Now
The Kolab Now mail service offers one thing you won't get from mainstream cloud mail: no spying.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Kernel News
Chronicler Zack Brown reports on the latest news, views, dilemmas, and developments within the Linux kernel community.
HP's annual Cyber Risk report offers a bleak look at the state of IT.
But what do the big numbers really mean?
.NET Core execution engine is the basis for cross-platform .NET implementations.
The Xnote trojan hides itself on the target system and will launch a variety of attacks on command.
Spammers go low-volume, and 90% of IE browsers are unpatched.
Adobe scrambles to release patches for vulnerable Flash Player.
Four-inch-long computer on a stick lets you boot a full Linux system from any HDMI display device.
New statute would require companies to report break-ins to consumers.
Weird data transfer technique avoids all standard security measures.
FIDO alliance declares the beginning of the end for old-style login authentication.