Sunday, February 04, 2007

Writing a book?

I did something the other day that I haven't had the opportunity to do in a while: visited a bookstore to browse for a new addition to my library.

As some of you may know, I'm past the point of needing a purely technical book. Most of my interests involve more than just learning a new tool. I was hoping to find a good book on "complex attack heuristics", but that is not a field that lends itself to a single book. Since most books are about "how" and not "why", I think I'm out of luck.

So, unless any of you know of a good book on risk-based analysis of audit trails, logfile correlation, or event scoring algorithms which maintain representations of known attack scenarios, I will probably start researching to write my own.

For this, I'll need as many post-intrusion analysis reports and logfiles as I can find. Reply if you have any good sources.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Something completely different

So, my wife let me get a nice Christmas present for myself this year:  Alienware m9700 laptop.  This thing is sweet, with dual video cards, 17” screen, and the works.  My only problem is that I can’t get a Linux distribution to work on it, except Fedora FC6.  Fedora, and Redhat in general, are bloated.  I’d like something lean to run on it that can customize itself to my system, like Gentoo.


Well, I started with FC6 just to get my feet wet.  FC6 went on, I downloaded, compiled, installed the drivers for my rtl8185 wireless card, and tried to get this beast to join my wireless network.  Wpa_supplicant will not work, so I had to downgrade to WEP on my network to get it online. 


Today, and for the near future, I intend to try for Gentoo again.  Gentoo is good in that it allows itself to be completely customized to this system, right down to custom compilation of software.  Unfortunately, getting it to boot and work on this laptop won’t be easy.


Wish me luck…

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I am alive.

Okay, after many months, a new job, and a new addition to the family, I am posting again. Stay tuned!

Monday, January 09, 2006


Ole Ted "gimme-anudder-drink" Kennedy named his dog "Splash"?!? Why not just name it "Chappy"!?

Goldblatt: Very funny

Yeah, critical thinking? This is what college does.

Friday, January 06, 2006

WT: Abramoff and Dems

Yep, he's a "GOP Fundraiser"...

Blonde joke

Not the funniest I've ever heard, but still worth the time.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Judicial Activism

So, a Vermont judge no longer believes in punishment, so he gives a convicted child rapist 60 days to rehabilitate under government supervision? Great...

UPDATE: I'll post more when my anger subsides.

CQ: Abramoff and Kennedy

More news you won't hear about the "GOP Fundraiser" Abramoff.

CQ: Abramoff and Clinton

News you won't hear about the "GOP Fundraiser" Abramoff.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Abramoff, the GOP, and the Dems

Well, Abramoff has plead guilty. Let the House cleaning begin. If the investigators find ANY member of the Legislative branch has betrayed his oath and sold out his constituents, kick him out. Heck, go back a few years and get people who have already been voted out of office. Find every single person involved and prosecute him.

If this process for prosecuting offenders is done right, we could have a better government. Make this visible, make this noisy, and make of this an example to future public servants. Get to it. I'm pleased.

While the Dems supported Clinton against all charges without regard to merit, we should take the high ground and prosecute all offenders, even those of our own party. Let Festivus commence.