IBM, Facebook and others unlock Threat data for the sake of humanity..

Check this out…

http://www.owler.com/iaApp/article/553003cfe4b0d169951431b0.htm

IBM and Facebook as well as others are starting to contribute to a massive big data based repository of threat related information.

I had an internal startup for some time that was targeting security as well as general operational data to point to trends that need attention such as disk series that are reaching failure points, apps that suddenly morph and such.

Another topic was cleansing the data from any personal or internal information by tokenizing it.

I stopped this startup since I got to meet someone who was doing the same and pointed to the fact that there’s already enough data on one hand (and now per this post we have got much more of that) and on the other hand companies would agree to share cleansed data but would not be able to do it due to regulations that take time to defuse.

In any case you have now lots of data too sip through if you are a hungry Data scientist…

Deep AWS CLI stuff..

If you are an AWS DevOps girl or guy, you want to check this video out soon

Highlights I liked:

  1. Using JMESPath to exercise AWS CLI Queries
  2. AWS CLI Wait-for (successful completion of a command) new option
  3. AWS CLI Generate Skeleton to create a JSON file you can customise later on and feed to another command
  4. Using the new “Assume Role” authentication option

And more…

PatchMe - Quick Shell Shock and future Vulnerabilities Auto-Patcher for Multi Operating Sites

Launching Ubuntu VM on Windows Azure in less than 1 Min.

Yeh, you all are using Amazon AWS…

But sometimes when you get the urge to try something new, maybe control your AWS operation from an other cloud providers cloud, maybe try Azure :-)

Here is how to quickly Launch a Ubuntu (or basically any Linux) VM on Windows Azure in less than 1 Min.

Firstly, you may want to set-up this environment for better Azure usage

  1. Sign up at Azure (Free Trial here) + Special free offers and discounts for MSDN Subscribers here
  2. Install the Windows Powershell for Azure (and/or Python and/or Azure command-line interface – CMD) from this link: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/
  3. For Powershell: Use Add-AzureAccount command to add your Windows Azure credentials to your local Powershell install

Setting the Ubuntu VM:

Create the certificate for your new Ubuntu VM: (use Cygwin or any Linux):

openssl req -x509 -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout myPrivateKey.key -out myCert.pem

More info: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-linux-use-ssh-key/#generate-a-key-from-an-existing-openssh-compatible-key

Using the Azure Web Portal create a new Ubuntu or VM from the Azure templates and use the myCert.pem for the Azure new VM configuration

Prepare a Putty version of your Azure Cert for the VM:

openssl rsa -in ./myPrivateKey.key -out myPrivateKey_rsa

load myPrivateKey_rsa into puttygen and ask it to create a new private key of this
Use .ppk for the output of puttygen private key
Use the new .ppk file for putty ssh session to the Azure Linux VM

Power on the VM (at the Azure portal)

Use putty to login to the new VM (and now you can “sudo apt-get install awscli” or any other stuff you want to do on that Ubuntu VM)

Verifying VM Console & Logs:

Not simple…nothing yet like “aws ec2 get-console-output”

More info:

Simplifying Virtual Machine Troubleshooting using Azure Log Collector (March 2015) –  works for Windows VMs only!! Support for Linux VMs is on the works
Virtual machine console access (Jan 2015)

Verifying VM state in Powershell:

Use the command: Get-AzureVM

DevOps must read book - The Phoenix Project

DevOps must read book – The Phoenix Project

Finally reading this importing and cool DevOps book: The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

More info on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17255186

So realistic that I can fill as if I am Bill, the main character on this story.

Up into 31% or so of the book, it is a real IT Professional DevOps Horror story. Then it starts to clear up a bit, but not yet turning positive…

Few quotes from the book I liked so far:

  1. The Job of IT Operations
  2. The Theory of Constraints and IT Operations
  3. Three Venues for maximizing the value of DevOps

More notes coming soon…

If you are in IT Operations and/or DevOps or want to get what they do, read it!
It has a great story in it and lots of insights on the topic.

You can read more about the books I read (or write..) on my GoodReads carrosel on my blog and you can click here to follow me on GoodReads.