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Since SysAdmin Magazine stopped publishing, I’ve been looking for a new place to write for. The USENIX association publishes a bi-monthly journal called ;login: for its members. In my view the contents there are always top-notch, so I was pleased when they invited me to write a column for them.

Feb 2008 marks the debut of “PATS” – Pete’s All Things Sun. (Cleverly, I managed to make the column name also the name of my favorite team :-).  ;login: is printed and shipped to members. USENIX also runs conferences and has other valuable member benefits, so if you are interested in all things Unix you should consider becoming a member.

;login: is also available on-line with some contents free but some members-only at ;login: . To make sure that everyone interested has access to my writings, I’ll post them here as well after they come out in ;login.

So without further ado, here is the first column, about my view of the “future of Sun”: ;login: Feb 2008 Galvin column

Just announced: the Fourth NEOSUG meeting. It will be on Nov 1 starting at 6:30 at the Sun campus in Burlington, MA. This month’s meeting has two great topics and some fun.

Talk 1: The Solaris 8 Migration Assistant is a software technology that enables a Solaris 10 Container to behave like a Solaris 8 system. Most applications that run on Solaris 8 will run in a Solaris 8 Container without recompilation or other modification. S8MA enables a consolidated platform to run both Solaris 10 and Solaris 8 applications, and both can benefit from the innovative features of Solaris 10. This session will describe and demonstrate the S8MA technology, and will discuss the types of situations for which S8MA is  an appropriate technology. Jeff Victor will present this talk.

Talk 2: Project Indiana. This meeting is scheduled to coincide with the first preview release of Indiana. Dave Miner, one of the leads on Indiana, will give a talk about the project and then we’ll have an “install fest” where NEOSUG attendees can try out this new distribution of Solaris. Dave will have live CDs to allow exploration without installation. We are also planning on having VMware images, so VMware-happy laptops are welcome as well.

The meeting should run until 9:30 or so. Snacks will be served. Hope to see you there!

Here are some useful links:
OpenSolaris Indiana project
NEOSUG discussion forum
NEOSUG homepage

Sun, rather quietly, has released Solaris 10 update 4. It’s available here. Note that it’s currently only available for download. Media kits are not yet available.

Just released at SysAdmin Magazine (both in print and on the web) is my latest column. This being part one of a two parter on virtualization. Here is the link. Also in this same issue of SysAdmin is an article by my colleague, Chris Page, about the cluster technology that is part of Oracle’s RAC product. Well worth a read.

SANS has reported a verifiable zero-day exploit for Solaris 10 and beyond (Nevada et al). There is a vulnerability in telnetd that can allow attackers to login without a proper account and password.

 

Note that in recent releases of Solaris Nevada which are “Secure by default”, telnetd is disabled during installation. Earlier releases have telnet enabled and it should be disabled in almost all circumstances. The command to disable is

# svcadm disable telnet

 

Here is the Information Week article describing the problem and linking to SANS.

Pardon the large .pdf file, here are the course materials that I hand out to the students of my Solaris 10 Administration Workshop course. This year I’m teaching this course for both USENIX and the SANS 2007 conference. This particular handout is from the Dec 2006 USENIX LISA conference. Feedback welcome.

Also, here are the course materials that I hand out to the students of my Solaris 10 Security Workshop course. I’m teaching this course for both USENIX and the SANS 2007 conference. This particular handout is from the Dec 2006 USENIX LISA conference. Feedback welcome.

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