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This plugin allows you to send X509 signed andor crypted mails with Rails 3 ActionMailer. If you want to sign mails with Rails 2, you should use the original plugin:

It has been tested with Rails 3.0.3.
rails  mailer  security 
march 2014 by xyzzyb
Using Metadata to find Paul Revere - Kieran Healy
great, accessible rundown on basic social network analysis
politics  security  programming  geek  funny  kickass  via:jongala 
june 2013 by xyzzyb
When passwords attack: the problem with aggressive password policies
Even strong passwords don’t prevent breaches. Scott Greaux, a product manager at Phishme, a security risk assessment firm, said that most recent data breaches have been the result of social engineering attacks like phishing. “Every major breach has been initiated by phishing,” he said. “Password controls are great. Mature authentication systems enforce strong passwords, and have reasonable lockouts for failed login attempts, so brute-forcing is increasingly difficult.”

But, Greaux says, the weak link is a user’s trusting nature. “I could ask people for their strong, complex password," he added, "and they’ll probably give it to me.”

If users aren’t writing down or giving up their password, many just forget them, increasing the workload on help desks. Adam Roderick, director of IT services at Aspenware, tells Ars that he frequently hears from client companies that a quarter to a third of all help-desk requests are the result of forgotten passwords or locked accounts. Despite the availability of self-service password recovery systems such as those from ManageEngine, “I do not see much investment from corporate IT in password recovery tools,” he said.
security  securitytheatre  passwords  phishme  via:versus 
may 2012 by xyzzyb
tenderlove/playpen - GitHub
ruby library that can disable Internet connection for testing
osx  ruby  security 
october 2011 by xyzzyb
Armory - Packet Life
Collection of security scanning tools.
security  network  tools  tool  sysadmin  resources 
january 2010 by xyzzyb
Nikto |
"Nikto is an Open Source (GPL) web server scanner which performs comprehensive tests against web servers for multiple items, including over 3500 potentially dangerous files/CGIs, versions on over 900 servers, and version specific problems on over 250 servers."
network  security  sysadmin  server  scanner  webserver 
january 2010 by xyzzyb
On Influenza A (H1N1) « bunnie's blog
"As port 25 maps to SMTP services on a computer, port H1 maps specifically to the windpipe region on a human."
programming  science  interesting  computerscience  biology  health  virus  h1n1  analysis  dna  flu  genetics  education  hacking  evolution  security  influenza 
september 2009 by xyzzyb
Windows SteadyState
Lock down Windows for shared computing environments.
software  security  sysadmin  windows 
march 2009 by xyzzyb

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