Friday, 23 May 2008

Something to try out: Zemanta the Blogging Extension for Firefox

Zemanta Firefox pluginImage by Tom Raftery via FlickrToday I stumpled upon Zemanta, an extension for our beloved Firefox browser. It integrates into your browser and as soon as you start blogging on one of these plattforms (Wordpress, Blogger, Typepad, LiveJournal, Movable Type), a sidebar (in blogger.com its a sidebar, don't know about the rest) appears and gives you numerous choices. Watch the movie to see what I'm actually about to tell you.
First, it will scan your article and match it against some Zemanta database to find similarities to your article. It then gives a choice of pictures from Flickr to include into your posting (on the right hand side). Afterwards you can add related articles to what you've just written (on the bottom of this article).
It will also suggest Tags for your posting. A list of links matching your contents is also included and very handy feature in my eyes. Just mark one or more words in your text and click on the suggestions. Voila, the link is set.

By the way, as you might have noticed, this posting has been written with the help of Zemanta. I'm not affiliated in any way with Zemanta. I'm just giving it a shot.


Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Debian OpenSSL Predictable Random Number Generator & Perl script

The media is currently overflown with this news. Debians openssl package included a patch that introduced a vulnerability to Debian systems and its deductions (like Ubuntu). From the announcement:
Luciano Bello discovered that the random number generator in Debian's
openssl package is predictable. This is caused by an incorrect
Debian-specific change to the openssl package (CVE-2008-0166). As a
result, cryptographic key material may be guessable.

This is a Debian-specific vulnerability which does not affect other
operating systems which are not based on Debian. However, other systems
can be indirectly affected if weak keys are imported into them.

It is strongly recommended that all cryptographic key material which has
been generated by OpenSSL versions starting with 0.9.8c-1 on Debian
systems is recreated from scratch. Furthermore, all DSA keys ever used
on affected Debian systems for signing or authentication purposes should
be considered compromised; the Digital Signature Algorithm relies on a
secret random value used during signature generation.
So it is adviced to upgrade the openssl package as soon as possible. In the announcement above there is a perl script to check whether your system is vulnerable to this kind of attack. You can grab it here:
http://security.debian.org/project/extra/dowkd/dowkd.pl.gz
http://security.debian.org/project/extra/dowkd/dowkd.pl.gz.asc (corresponding PGP signature)
After extracting and setting the executable bit (chmod +x dowkd.pl) try the following commands:
./dowkd.pl user
The upper example scans for weak keys for the executing user. This command here will scan the given host for the weakness:
./dowkd.pl host HOSTNAME
(Replace HOSTNAME with a valid hostname in your local network). For me, the latter example printed:
# 192.168.1.2 SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_4.7p1 Debian-8
# 192.168.1.2 SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_4.7p1 Debian-8
192.168.1.2: weak key
192.168.1.2: weak key
:|

And another one: Free MP3 for Download from Santorin: Thetaphi - EH3C

Right back with another free MP3 track for download from my coverage of Santorin Record's 10th anniversary. Check this Bollywood Jungle track from Thetaphi. Swinging tune, the niceness :D
Enjoy.
Thetaphi - EH3C (click click)

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Two Oldskool House & Garage Mixes for Download

Here I go again with two massive oldskool house and garage sets from the likes of Mr. Heny.G and H*O*D. Don't get me wrong with that picture on the left. Just wanted to show the oldskoolness of these two massive mixes.

Both were recorded in Mid-April 2008 for React.FM.




DJ HENY.G - (OLDSKOOL HOUSE & GARAGE) 4HOUR SET LIVE VIA REACT.FM 17.4.08

H*O*D - OLDSKOOL GARAGE SET LIVE VIA REACT.FM - 14/4/08

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