Locking down a zone

When creating a zone with OpenSolaris, you can harden it with the same procedure as for a server. This is a first, standard step, but it is possible to go further in the hardening process by customizing the zone to restrict filesystem access rights and the privilege set available from within the zone. In this post, we will use the example of a zone implementing an SSH login gateway, and lock it down as much as possible.
By |August 1st, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Running Mediatomb on OpenSolaris

Mediatomb is a nice, open-source media server which works pretty well with a PS3; if you add ffmpeg, you will also be able to transcode files on-the-fly. Unfortunately, it seems there is no packaged version of these pieces software for OpenSolaris, so that they have to be built from source, which is far from beeing trivial on that platform. Take a look at my notes if you consider doing this yourself.
By |June 2nd, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Using a NAS with Mac OS X

Mac OS X is a very interesting operating system; not only it has one of the most user-friendly interfaces for a desktop, but is is also UNIX-based. However, as far as networking is concerned, a lot of specific protocols must be used, which are quite different from what you find in a more traditional Windows environment. In this post we explore what has to be set up on a NAS to provide seamless integration for the Mac OS X users.
By |April 28th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Minimizing disk activity

Configuring disk standby is of no use if your disks keep getting accesses. It seems that a lot of disk accesses can be happening during a single day, for no (apparent) usefull reason. Here are a few steps I followed to minimize disk activity on my OpenSolaris server.
By |January 30th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Running debian Lenny in a branded Zone

BrandZ are a nice feature of OpenSolaris which enable you to run a Linux operating system in a zone; there are a number of limitations, but it might help you run Linux applications without having to recompile them for OpenSolaris. However, setup of such zones is far from being trivial; in this post we will see how to install such a zone to run Debian 5.
By |November 21st, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sudo and X-11 Forwarding

SSH introduces a very nice feature to users, which is X11 forwarding. With the use of a simple switch when connecting to the remote server, the X11 connection is automatically set up; no need for xhost and export DISPLAY commands anymore. However, if you use su or sudo to start a command or shell as another user, you will loose this X11 connection, and will have to set it up manually again. In this post I will show you a tool which will enable you to keep your X11 connection when using sudo.
By |November 5th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

OpenSolaris Hardening

Beeing a security enthusiast, with quite some experience in the field, I always try to harden the systems before letting them go in production. Typically, I have always been using YASSP then JASS (which became SST) to harden Solaris systems. These toolkits perform a configurable set of configuration changes to the system, in order to make it more secure.

By |August 27th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Using T-Balancer Fan controlers with OpenSolaris

The T-Balancer Fan Controler is a very good piece of hardware, and I am using this product in every PC I have. The controler has to be programmed and can then be monitored using an USB connection. Without much surprise there is no support for OpenSolaris, but the protocol is documented and existing open source software can be found.
By |June 20th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hard disk power management

Power management is not the strongest point of OpenSolaris, and documentation is quite poor. In this article, we'll see how to implement basic power management for disks using the ATA driver
By |June 3rd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Exporting CIFS shares with OpenSolaris

Learn how to export directories under OpenSolaris, for use with a client PC running Windows.
By |May 17th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments