Vultr SSD Cloud VPS benchmark results

Categories: VPS

This is part of a series of posts where I will benchmark some VPS offerings from providers I work with or have recently worked with in the entry level segment ~ $5.00 a month to see where we are at. I will refer to them in an upcoming comparison. Vultr SSD Cloud Instance $ 5.00 … Read More

OVH Cloud Starter VPS benchmark results

Categories: VPS

This week I will benchmark VPS instances from providers I work with or have recently worked with in the entry level segment ~ $5.00 a month to see where we are at. Just the stats initially. Later I will provide some more depth and refer back to this. OVH Cloud Starter $3.50 per month Processor: … Read More

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS with fully encrypted ZFS root FS ? Yes, please!

Categories: Ubuntu

Release notes state that ZFS on Linux is shipping with Ubuntu 20.04. Nice. But encryption capability is not integrated into ubiquity – the graphical installer. OOB ZFS is not available with root FS encryption. But making it work is super easy thanks to Sean Reifschneider who modified a gist that Garrett Fields had written for … Read More

Microsoft finally roll out IPv6 on Azure – sort of.

Categories: Azure

Last month Microsoft announced the general availability of IPv6 on Azure. I thought this was excellent news. I had been waiting for this a long time and with much enthusiasm I logged into our Azure Portal. They have indeed taken IPv6 out of beta but there are some caveats worth mentioning. The COVID-19 stuff is … Read More

Cloudflare – Security Best Practices

Categories: Cloudflare, Security

Citadelo have published this excellent post on how to optimize security when using Cloudflare to “protect” a domain. Some very good points re: OSINT mitigation are outlined. A good read!

Fail2Ban 0.8.x and OpenVPN 2.4.x – correctly detecting OpenVPN brute force attempts in FreePBX 14

Categories: FreePBX, OpenVPN

Issue: On an install of FreePBX 14 with responsive firewall and OpenVPN server enabled there is no mitigation against brute force attacks against the OpenVPN server. /var/log/messages is getting spammed with failed handshakes: Feb 3 16:17:19 voipserver234 openvpn: Sun Feb 3 16:17:19 2019 103.37.x.x:49060 TLS: Initial packet from [AF_INET]103.37.x.x:49060, sid=6a22eb44 5adb63fe Feb 3 16:17:19 voipserver234 … Read More

Installing yourls on Ubuntu 18.04 with MariaDB 10.1.x Uncaught PDOException: SQLSTATE[42000]: Syntax error or access violation: 1071 Specified key was too long; max key length is 767 bytes

Categories: MySQL/MariaDB, Ubuntu

Issue: When installing yourls and clicking the INSTALL button under /admin/install.php you get a server Error 500 and the following error shows up in the log: 2018/12/08 21:22:10 [error] 21768#21768: *2 FastCGI sent in stderr: “PHP message: PHP Fatal error: Uncaught PDOException: SQLSTATE[42000]: Syntax error or access violation: 1071 Specified key was too long; max … Read More

CentOS 7 fix for “perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings are supported and installed on your system.”

Categories: bash, CentOS / RHEL

Issue: Logging in via SSH you are greeted with: perl: warning: Setting locale failed.perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:LANGUAGE = (unset),LC_ALL = (unset),LC_CTYPE = “en_US.UTF-8”,LANG = “C.UTF-8”are supported and installed on your system.perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale (“C”). Solution: Edit /etc/environment and add the following. Replace en_US with your actual … Read More