my.com “MyMail” disaster: when security and privacy become marketing gags

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The internet is a constantly evolving agglomeration of excellent, mediocre and weird ideas. As it seems, my.com [1] seems to have taken the weird path for their MyMail app, an iOS and Android email application claiming to “Focus on what’s important” [2] Well, tell me, what do you think, are security and privacy important for Continue Reading →

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systemd, the Linux dilemma – and why we will migrate away from Debian

Much has been said about the landing of systemd in most Linux distributions, with Debian and Ubuntu marking another big milestone for systemd rollout. Aimed being a more or less drop in replacement for the old SysV “init” process, it has caused immense tensions within the Linux community in general. I wont reiterate all those Continue Reading →

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WebDAV and Windows: yet another recipie

Windows has a long standing tradition making connections to WebDAV shares quite “difficult”. Bugs range from preventing use of HTTPS connections to allowing only HTTP Basic Authentication to throwing countless, weird error messages to end users (that subsequently call their admins in desperation). At the same time you have to say that Windows is indeed Continue Reading →

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repair corrupt tar archives – the better way

More than ten years ago I wrote an article about how to repair corrupt tar archives [1] and, as a matter of fact, the original article plus the original solution how to extract as much data from the corrupt tar archives still receives a really high amount of traffic. 10 years is a long time Continue Reading →

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OpenVPN: extended verification of X.509 client certificates

X.509 certificates have become a key part for secure authentication in corporate environments and unsurprisingly, OpenVPN[1] allows to use X.509 certificates for identifying authorized clients. Now, the default mode for OpenVPN is to verify the presented client certificates against a certificate authority (CA) and if that test succeeds, the clients are allowed in. That however is more than Continue Reading →

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