BSD Magazine (Oct 2012): Network Security & Auditing

October’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Network Security & Auditing (free PDF download).

You’ll find the following subjects inside:

  • VX ConnectBot: Open Source SSH Client for Android Devices
  • Installing Xfce Desktop Environment on OpenBSD 5.1
  • Browse the Internet Differently
  • FreeBSD Enterprise Search with Apache Solr (Part 2)
  • PostgreSQL: Indexes
  • Unix IPC with FIFOs
  • Capture Session Data with Argus on FreeBSD
  • Securing your Family with pfSense and IPSec
  • Installation and Setup of the Halon Virtual Security Router

Thanks Charles (he wrote the article on Xombrero) for reminding me to post this.

FreeBSD Email Server howto’s

Over the last week or so I have come across two posts showing how to set up a FreeBSD based email server. If this is something you have been wanting to do, have a look at the following two links.

1. FreeBSD 9 Mail server setup: Postfix, Dovecot 2, Virtual Users, MySQL, SASL, Postfixadmin and others (ghid-it)

For long time I used FreeBSD to serve email to corporate customers or other tasks. Now I will show how I did package installation and configuration for an email server with virtual email users, using the following components

Link to howto.

2. Installing Qmail on FreeBSD 9.x

Bill from freebsdrocks.net has 21 howtos for setting up QMail on FreeBSD, with anti-spam support, virus checking etc.

Installing Qmail on FreeBSD 9.x

FreeNAS 8 Plugins

FreeNAS 8.2 and newer versions have support for plugins, i.e. extentions in the form of PC-BSD‘s PBIs (Push Button Install).

There’s some good plugin documentation available on the FreeNAS website explaining how to use the plugins, how to install the plugins jail, how to create, find, install, and configure PBIs, such as Firefly, miniDLNA and Transmission. If there’s no PBI available (yet), the page shows how you can create your own PBIs, and how to install non-PBI software using the FreeBSD ports and packages collections.

Plugin support is still a bit crude in FreeNAS 8.2, but it is looking a lot more polished in the upcoming FreeNAS 8.3.

FreeNAS 8 Plugins

FreeNAS 8.2.0 Plugins Part 1: Installing

FreeNAS 8.3.0 Plugins Part 2: Plugins Configuration

 

FreeBSD Events and Conferences material (videos, pdf, guides etc)

Since not not everybody is able to attend (all) FreeBSD related conferences, it’s good that these presentations are uploaded so everybody can watch them later, and the rest of the online community can familiarise themselves with FreeBSD and related operating systems.

Recently the FreeBSD Multimedia page has had an update and Dru Lavigne has added much useful material and links to bsdevents.org.

If you want to catch up on some recent conferences this weekend, have a look at the two links above.

 

pfSense tutorial: Configure pfSense as an SMB-caliber firewall

“Imagine this scenario: Another business group in your midsize company needs some new network connectivity, but they also require a number of network security features, including an integrated access point, user authentication, VPN capabilities, and a firewall to separate a certain group from the rest of the network. Oh, and they also want access to Snort and Nmap. Luckily, pfSense offers all of these features along with a number of customization options.”

Keith Barker explains in this video tutorial how to configure an SMB-caliber firewall