How To Deal With The Heartbleed Bug

As I have to administer some Debian and Ubuntu machines running ISPConfig I thought it's good idea to write a few notes on the latest "Heartbleed Bug". First of all it's worth notify that OpenSSH which is commonly used to administer Linux machines is not affected by this bug that much so it's not needed to re-generate the keys os if you do the classic update/upgrade procedure you should be fine.. As for the ISPConfig itself it's not affected though the administration uses HTTPS so it's wise Read more [...]

Easily monitor current network traffic with nload tool in your Ubuntu (or Debian) machine

I recently needed some good utility for monitoring current traffic (throughput) on my Ubuntu and Debian machine so after thorough research I found out that the best is nload. Installation is easy: 1) apt-get install nload 2) nload 3) use arrow keys to switch interface (you would likely want to navigate to eth0) See below for a screenshot: Read more [...]

How To Install Vmware Workstation 10 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

The other day  a friend of mine asked me to install VMware Workstation 10 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x64 for him so I did and here is how I did it: 1) Open Terminal  and cd to the installation directory (ie. cd Downloads/vmware) 2) You need to add execution rights to the bundle for version for my particular version of Vmware Workstation 8 it is following: chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full-8.0.1-528992.x86_64.bundle 3) Then you need to run the installer and follow the installation steps: sudo Read more [...]

How to install x2go on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x64 server

Yeah I already hear you - why would anyone want a GUI on server machine. Well I do as I'm very used to Windows environment and I understand that it's might not be as secure as the raw console only server but... Anyway - here is a little how to install the x2go on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x64 server. To those who are not familiar with x2go - it's sort of Remote desktop for Linux - it doesn't work so flawlessly as on Windows but it's free :). Instructions: 1) we need to install GUI environment: sudo Read more [...]

How to allow users to mount Truecrypt volumes without root privileges

The other day a friend of mine asked me if I could do something about it - to allow regular users to mount Truecrypt volumes without making them sudoers. Sure it can be done - here it is: 1) login as root 2) modify /etc/sudoers, this should be actually done via special command: visudo 3) add this line to the sudoers file: username ALL=(root) NOPASSWD:/usr/bin/truecrypt where username is the username which needs to use the Truecrypt 4) That's it! Profit 😉 Kudos to the Read more [...]