Using ncat as a Chat Server

Sometimes a quick and easy channel for communication can come in handy. ncat has a nice option for just such a chat server. Start it up Start the server using the -l and --chat flags: ubahmapk@laptop:~ > ncat --chat -l -p 8888 Note that you will not see any of the chat traffic in this window, but if you add the -v flag, you will at least see the connections as they are established:...

2016-04-05 · 3 min · Jon Mark Allen

Using SSL Connections Over ncat

ncat is a full rewrite from the nmap team of the traditional netcat (nc) network “Swiss Army Knife”. ncat is full of really slick new features, but the one I will cover here is the ability to do all the wonderful things nc could do, but over an SSL connection. (Yes, yes, yes: I should call it a TLS connection instead, but since the ncat documentation still refers to it as “SSL”, I will do the same here....

2016-03-20 · 4 min · Jon Mark Allen

Keep Calm and ...

Just a reminder to keep calm even when it feels like every system around you is crashing down to the ground. Keep a level head and calmly review the log data available, only ruling an event out when the evidence backs it up. If you don’t have the necessary logs available, use the incident to gain management approval to invest in the necessary logging infrastructure. It probably doesn’t even have to be expensive....

2016-03-16 · 1 min · Jon Mark Allen

Filtering Home Internet with Circle

Meet Circle from Disney. According to Disney, using Circle you can “manage all of your home’s connected devices” and “parents can filter content, limit screen time and set a bedtime for every device in the home.” Circle is an extremely easy and simple to use home web filter, and one which is at least relatively effective with time controls, since I can hear my kids groan every time their alloted time has been spent....

3 min · Jon Mark Allen