Steve McGrath

Ramblings of a Security Nerd

Setting up PocketCHIP

So I got a couple of these fantastic little embedded systems from Next Thing, and started to try to set one of them up how I would like to see it setup. Basically I was looking for a web browser, SSH installed, and a few aliases to make things easy to work with. NOTE: All of the operations below assume a basic understanding of terminal commands! Updating the PocketCHIP and installing the software To start off, the PocketCHIP OS is slightly out of date as it’s currently being flashed, so the first thing we need to do is update the OS to current:

Dofler at CircleCityCon3

Aside from a few hiccups that delayed getting Dofler installed and fully functional until mid-day Saturday, Dofler was a fantastical success at CircleCityCon! We discovered that the new codebase Dofler sits on was catching more entertainment than ever, including some MJPEG-based webcams: GREAT JOB to whomever is checking their MJPEG home security system via HTTP on the con network. #dofler pic.twitter.com/MiD6jSR8lz — Circle City Con (@CircleCityCon) June 11, 2016

Initial Deployment Files Release

I have started working through all of the various fabric files I have and started centralizing them and cleaning them up for general consumption. These fabric scripts cover a variety of tasks from deployment and maintenance of various products to deploying some of my code. I will be updating the repository as needs arise, and as always am welcome to any input. Using my fabric files is actually pretty simple, however you need to have fabric installed on your workstation before anything will work.

CUGNet VPS Services Closing

After running CUGNet for a dozen or so years and having yet to break even, last week I made the hard decision to close down CUGNet’s VPS services. It was a hard choice to make, as its something that I have done for many years, however with the propensity of cloud services and VPS providers out there, What I can offer is simply not competitive and the I need to start cutting down on the number of side projects that I have been running in order to keep my own sanity.

pySecurityCenter 2.1 Release

I’m proud to announce the general availability for pySecurityCenter version 2.1.x accessible from PyPI immediately. pySC 2.1 supports connectivity to SecurityCenter 5, which leverages a completely new RESTful API. Because of this, the pySC SecurityCenter 5 support will be an evolving process. Whats implemented today will not be changing, however many of the convenience functions that pySecurityCenter has for SecurityCenter 4.x have not been coded into the SC5 module, as enumeration for the API is still active.