Security

acm.esh key ’/var/db/acme/certs.int.unixathome.org.key’ is unreadable

Today, while mucking about with a new cronjob and log file for acme.sh, I stumbled across these error messages: Why was I stumbling around? This email arrived after the daily cert renewal: Three skips. Three error messages. Let’s look at that file: [18:37 certs dan ~] % sudo ls -l /var/db/acme/certs.int.unixathome.org.key -rw-r—– 1 root acme …

acm.esh key ’/var/db/acme/certs.int.unixathome.org.key’ is unreadable Read More »

Use of K* file pairs for HMAC is deprecated – acme.sh

On Wednesday Oct 6th, I was greeted by these log messages: This is the output from the cronjob run by the acme user in my jail called certs. This is the daily run to renew any certificates which are soon to expire. This is the job in question: [19:36 certs dan ~] % sudo crontab …

Use of K* file pairs for HMAC is deprecated – acme.sh Read More »

Today I faced the first consequences of my TXT & Let’s Encrypt strict policy

Today I faced the first implications of deciding to tightly restrict the use of nsupdate keys for modifying TXT records for dns-01 challenges with Let’s Encrypt. Context This section should be on news.freshports.org and you can skip it to get to the real stuff. Today I’m working on a mostly automated FreshPorts node deployment. A …

Today I faced the first consequences of my TXT & Let’s Encrypt strict policy Read More »

Creating a very specific TXT only nsupdate connection for Let’s Encrypt

In the interests of maintaining Michael W Lucas in the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed, I am creating this blog post. Although Mr Lucas was the first to post, he is not solely to blame for my burdensome workload. Jan-Piet Mens and Evan Hunt also have much to answer for. Their misdeeds include …

Creating a very specific TXT only nsupdate connection for Let’s Encrypt Read More »

ssh with 2FA

2FA has its critics: It’s so unreliable! Phones are so easily hijacked It’s not a lot of added security etc Some of these make assumptions not necessarily in evidence. In this post: FreeBSD 12.1 pam_google_authenticator-1.08 Most of the 2FA I use is time-based one-off passwords (TOTP), as opposed to text messages. These are often 6-digit …

ssh with 2FA Read More »

Which hosts have this vuln package installed? SamDrucker knows.

Today I found out about a vuln in net/py-urllib3. Nagios told me: Checking for security vulnerabilities in base (userland & kernel): Host system: Database fetched: Tue Nov 26 18:23:32 UTC 2019 py36-urllib3-1.22,1 I logged into that host and ran a pkg upgrade py36-urllib3. What other hosts have that installed? There. That’s the hosts I have …

Which hosts have this vuln package installed? SamDrucker knows. Read More »

scripts for monitoring vulns in FreeBSD jails

I have scripts for monitoring vulns in FreeBSD jails. They use third-party scripts. All I wrote was the Nagios part of the solution. I was preparing slides for my Why I prefer thick jails over thin jails talk at EuroBSDCon 2019. There is still time to register and attend. I was explaining my scripts and …

scripts for monitoring vulns in FreeBSD jails Read More »

Using mtqq to create a notification network: mosquitto, mqttwarn, hare, and hared

As you read this post, keep in mind that my particular use case of notification on ssh login is not for everyone. It may not appeal to you. In fact, you might find this to be an absolutely ridiculous thing to do. I respect that. I suggest that somewhere within your network there is at …

Using mtqq to create a notification network: mosquitto, mqttwarn, hare, and hared Read More »

No more certificate fingerprints – only sasl auth instead

Today I gave up on my attempt to allow relay via SSL certificate fingerprints. Instead, I will use sasl auth. Yesterday I wrote about my SMTP deliver test which broke when an SSL certificate was updated. Later that day, I finished writing scripts which delivered that fingerprint file to all hosts which needed it. Today, …

No more certificate fingerprints – only sasl auth instead Read More »

Scroll to Top