Monthly Archives: January 2010


Website Security Scan

Websites get hacked every day, customers details taken, and it’s usually REALLY EASY to do. As a security consultant,  I often get a call after a Google search turns up with my details as the guy to contact when this happens. Shameless plug over, why not consider some of the things that can be done to help prevent a website breach.. […]

By | January 19th, 2010|Development, Linux, MySQL, PHP, Security Consultant, Technology|1 Comment

Embedded Linux Programmer

As an embedded linux programmer, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of different platforms, MIPS being one of my favorites. There are a few general limitations that you’ll find. You have limited CPU power available, you have very little RAM available, and for more advanced operations and optimizations, your CPU will generally have a limited function set. The usual good programming practices apply, but are of much greater importance. Specifically, don’t allocate memory that you don’t need, and dont put the CPU under undue stress with unnecessary or badly optimized loops. Taking C syntax and some pseudo code; […]

By | January 15th, 2010|C/C++, Development, Hardware, Technology|0 Comments

PHP Security

As a PHP programmer, there are a couple of things you can do quickly and easily to increase the security of your PHP code installation. Look into PHP’s “safe mode” feature, ESPECIALLY if you’re running a webserver that takes the general public can upload scripts to. Here you’ll find a list of the functions disabled or restricted by safe mode. It is not strictly PHP’s job to restrict these types of functions, however unless you really know what you’re doing, the list of functions restricted by safemode is a good starting point for building secure applications. These are generally functions that allow file and directory manipulation, and socket manipulation. If it’s not possible within your environment to disable them all, disable as many of these functions as possible. Although not that common, if I’m writing an application that heavily relies on functions that manipulate directories or sockets, I’ll prefer to create a C daemon or similar to handle this side of things and simply use PHP to communicate with it. […]

By | January 14th, 2010|Development, PHP, PHP, PHP Articles, Technology|0 Comments

Linux Consultant – Server Management, Basic Housekeeping

Server management is one of the most basic requirements in maintaining a healthy server/cluster, however, is often overlooked until something goes wrong.  In it’s most basic form, server management involves: Checking log files for size and suspicious entries Checking disk space usage Checking memory usage Checking for new packages (apt-get update; apt-get upgrade) Check load and process list Checking backups […]

By | January 1st, 2010|Technology|0 Comments