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Alien Pastures switched to HTTPS

The “Alien Pastures” blog has been moved into a Virtual Machine (hence the short downtime yesterday) after its previous host hardware was replaced with a much beefier machine. This was a nice opportunity to configure the VM with a SSL certificate issued by LetsEncrypt (again, thanks Robby Workman). So, from now on, the blog is served with […]

Adding CACert root certificates to your Slackware

Long before the “letsencrypt” initiative, we already had another free and open Certificate Authority, called CACert.org. CACert is community driven, and uses ‘assurers’ who personally verify users’ identities, thereby building a “web of trust”. Unfortunately, the big players on the Internet (Google, Mozilla, Microsoft) have always refused to accept and incorporate the CACert root certificate into […]

Hashed passwords in the shadow file

At work, we use NIS for central UNIX authentication, but server accounts with elevated rights (admin accounts) are actually local, with their own passwd entry. When the NIS password changes (forced password expiry) then I need to request a sync of the new password from NIS to all servers where I have a local account. […]

Watching out for expiring SSL certificates

I guess that, like me, you will be using one or more SSL certificates to encrypt client/server communications. I use self-signed certificates as well as several which I created at http://CAcert.org/ for encrypting traffic between me and my web server, my IMAP server, my SMTP server and more. Invariably these will eventually expire, because that […]