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Scheduled Tasks with Systemd Timers
October 31st, 2020 Linux
Photo by Aron Visuals on Unsplash
Photo by Aron Visuals on Unsplash

Use a Linux system long enough and eventually you'll need to schedule a recurring task. Of course the defacto scheduler is cron (and there's nothing inherently wrong with it) but I've grown to like the flexibility and features of systemd timers. Some of the benefits they provide over cron include:

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CactusCon 2014 CTF Writeup
April 15th, 2014 CTF , Hacking , Linux , PHP
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

This is a write up to the 2014 CactusCon web application (SpookiLeaks) challenge. You can grab the SpookiLeaks-VM here and try the challenge yourself before reading the solution.

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Postfix: Using Gmail as a Relay Host
July 6th, 2012 Gmail , Linux , Ubuntu

I maintain several Linux servers at any given moment. Every server has postfix installed for sending emails, usually notifications or warning messages of some sort and most of these servers are professionally hosted allowing outbound emails with little to no configuration beyond installing postfix. However, my home server lies behind my ISP and they block all outbound emails citing SPAM as the reason. Regardless of their reasoning I had to find a workaround to allow me to send email notifications from behind my ISP. Well, it turns out this is rather painless with postfix and a Gmail account.

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Setting Up an Ubuntu Web Server
January 18th, 2012 Linux , Ubuntu
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Having set up several Debian and Ubuntu web servers in the past I thought it would be a good idea to share my process. The following is a relatively comprehensive guide to installing and configuring an Apache based web server with some optimizations and basic resource monitoring. I primarily work with Ubuntu servers, but most of the commands here should work exactly the same in Debian or Ubuntu. I've tried to note where differences may occur.

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Increasing the Size of a Virtual Hard Drive in VirtualBox
November 16th, 2011 Linux

I work in Linux primarily but run a Windows 7 virtual machine in VirtualBox so I can use Photoshop and do some necessary testing. Today my VM ran out of space. Silly me thought 20GB would be enough, but after installing service pack 1, dozens of Windows updates and a few programs I had less than 1GB of space left. After a little searching I found an easy way to increase the size of a virtual disk.

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