Loop Mount .iso in FreeBSD

I needed to mount an .iso file this morning, which I’ve done dozens of times in Linux, and I realized the command I’d normally use in Linux does not work. For example: Linux mount -o loop image.iso /mnt This works fine in Linux and lets you “mount” the .iso file as if it were burned… Read More »

Facebook Fan Check Virus

I read an article today regarding an alleged Facebook based virus from the “Fan Check” application. I will admit I’ve been sucked into the Facebook, but to my defense I primarily stick to just a few applications. Reading about this makes me glad that I’m running Chromium browser on Linux. I think, between the two… Read More »

DVD Playback in Arch Linux

I find that I run into this problem everytime I reinstall Arch, so I figured it was time to document those pesky missing peices. Considering Arch Linux is more of a “do-it-yourself” distribution there are more peices to the puzzle than you might find in Ubuntu or similar. In this short article I’ll outline everything… Read More »

Configure FreeBSD To Use Blowfish Password Format

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately researching FreeBSD security solutions. Topics such as pf (packet filter), system hardening, etc. One of the tips that I thought I’d share here is a method of configuring your system to use blowfish encryption for passwords as opposed to the default MD5. If you are on a… Read More »

pf (packet filter) Documentation

I’m looking for some good pf (packet-filter) documentation if anyone has anything to suggest. I’ve added a second FreeBSD machine to my public-facing network, and may be adding a third soon. I want to make sure that my firewall is setup properly but I’m not very familiar with pf. Can anyone suggest a book, online… Read More »

Upcoming in FreeBSD 8.x

A friend of mine shot me this article today (What’s cooking for FreeBSD 8?), which is a pretty detailed outline of the things coming up for FreeBSD 8. I have to say, some of the things have got be excited! Some of the highlights that I want to see: Parallel Ports Build (announcement) Jails v2… Read More »

Change Root Password MySQL

I don’t know how many times I have had to look up this information in the past. In hopes of learning-through-writing I’ve decided to publish these methods of recovering or resetting the MySQL root password. Set Initial Password If you’ve just installed MySQL and have never set the root password a password is not yet… Read More »

JailKit : How To Create SSH Jails

Not long ago we rebuilt a number of servers within our production environment at work, migrating from FreeBSD to CentOS. One of the requirements in this migration was that we needed a server that would act as an SSH-only Jail on the new platform. This meant I needed to setup a system where users could… Read More »

mrepo: RPM Repository Mirroring

Today I have finally found some time to catch up on my blogging. I’ve got a whole slew of backlogged information that I want to post, so hopefully my fingers (and my brain!) can keep up long enough to get it all published. The topic I wanted to start with today is mrepo: RPM Repository… Read More »

MySQL Database Tables Read Only [SOLVED]

After typing out that title I wonder if I’ve been spending too much time on forums, hehe. In any case, I ran into a problem today regarding my database tables being read-only so I thought I’d post this for the good of the internets. I had to dig pretty deep to find a solution to… Read More »