Tuesday, January 29, 2008

bsdtalk139 - Dru Lavigne

Interview with Dru Lavigne. We talk about her new book "The Best of FreeBSD Basics" and also get an update on some other projects including BSD Certification.
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File Info: 14Min, 7MB.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

bsdtalk138 - Central Syslog

DesktopBSD 1.6 and FreeBSD 6.3 released.

Setting up a central syslog server.
  • If you are concerned about the security of your logs, use a dedicated machine and lock it down.
  • Keep clocks in sync.
  • You may need to change log rotation schedule in /etc/newsyslog.conf. You can rotate based in size and/or time. This can be as much a policy decision as a hardware decision.
  • On central log host, change syslogd flags to listen to network. Each BSD does this differently, so check the man pages. Also, check out the -n flag for busy environments.
  • Make sure host firewall allows syslog traffic through.
  • Be careful to limit syslog traffic to just the trusted network or hosts. FreeBSD man page refers to syslogd as a "remote disk filling service".
  • For heavy logging environments, it is important to have a dedicated network. A down syslogd server can create a lot of "ARP who-has" broadcasts.
  • Most network devices such as printers and commercial firewalls support sending to a central syslog server. Take a look at "Snare" for Windows hosts.
  • To send messages from a Unix host, specify the host name prepended with @ instead of a file for logging in /etc/syslog.conf. For example, change /var/log/xferlog to @loghost.mydomain.biz. You can also copy and edit the line to have it log to both a local file and a remote host.

File Info: 7Min, 3MB

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Friday, January 04, 2008

bsdtalk137 - Open Community Camp with Marten Vijn

Happy New Year. I had fun bringing some old Cobalt RaQ2 devices back to life with NetBSD 4.0.

Interview with Marten Vijn about www.OpenCommunityCamp.org.

File Info: 13Min, 6MB

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