October 2007


I run several servers, all of which run linux, OpenSSH, and Apache HTTPD. Some run VSftpd as well (legacy requirements). They all are attacked by brute force hacking attempts daily, yes daily. Every day I go through my logs and see the 10’s of thousands of attempted break in attacks. It’s annoying, it tends to make the log files very long to look through. Even my parsed and abstracted log reports are forced into long lists of attacking IP addresses and attempted usernames. Here is an example from just today on ONE server:

Failed SSH logins: 2971

Failed FTP logins: 18,415

Faild SMTP logins: 1656

And this is not a server hosting super popular websites or mirrors. This is just a no name server hosting a couple of websites. In the past I used to contact the owners of the IP addresses these came from, but it became tedious and difficult. They’re often internet providers dynamic IPs of clients, which the ISP tends to not care they are attacking my server (most likely, they are trojaned anyways).

All these attempted attacks do is waste resources. They waste my bandwidth, processing, and storage (the log files).

Just me deciding to put into writing one of my daily annoyances.

Well, I decided about a month ago that the old Treo 650 was getting old and needed a little refresh, I generally keep my PDAs for about 3 years before upgrading, and that’s about how long it’s been. Unfortunately, there wasn’t really anything compelling to upgrade to. None of the new Treo’s out provide much improvement over my current 650 on GSM networks. The iPhone is cool and all, but the lack of third party apps and no 3G network, really doesn’t make it a compelling upgrade to my old 650 (I can do already do just about everything the iPhone can do, just not in as cool a way). With no sight of the Linux based palms and a 3G iPhone or Blackberry, wasn’t sure what to do.

Well, decided for now I’d just do a minor upgrade when I found a real good deal on a used but practically new Treo 680. It gives me a slightly smaller and lighter form factor, no antenna stub, more onboard ram, and better bluetooth than the Treo 650. Minor improvements, but enough hopefully to hold out till Palm, Apple, or Blackberry put out something compelling.

Oh and for the record, I’m not very impressed with any of the Windows or Symbian based smartphones out currently. The few Symbian phones that look cool are only available overseas and lack the US frequencies I need.

So I have a little more breathing room to wait for the smartphone of my dreams, and keep dreaming…

I added the Fedora 7 install page to the collection. There wasn’t that much to it, I just added some tweaks from previous write ups and new things I’ve found. The base install works perfectly fine, but I like these changes which seem to make the laptop a little more affective. I still wish I could figure out why you have to suspend to ram at least once before the screen brightness keys work and the mode selector will work.

You can find it here.

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