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October 14 meeting - Apache ModSecurity

Time & Place: October 14, 2010, 7pm, at Red Hat HQ

Title: Introduction to ModSecurity, the Open Source Web Application Firewall

About this talk:

So your web server listens on port 80 and your firewall blocks most everything else. Secure, right? How about that port 80? Do you trust your application code? Is your server patched? Are your developers really more clever than the folks who want to break in? Is security even on the mind of your developers?

Our traditional firewalls (packet filters) may have narrowed the field to HTTP, but crackers and worms have responded by refocusing their efforts directly at HTTP. Worse yet, most packet filters think all HTTP requests look legitimate. What's your next line of defense?

This presentation introduces ModSecurity, a web application firewall (WAF). ModSecurity is open source, mature, stable, flexible, and updated frequently. It can run embedded in Apache or as a reverse proxy in front of any traditional web server. It is highly discriminating and it definitely understands HTTP at a deeper level than your packet filter.

Come learn how to get started with ModSecurity. You'll be glad that you did.

About the presenter:

Cristóbal Palmer, a long-time member of the TriLUG Steering Committee, just finished his MSIS at UNC Chapel Hill, where he is a Systems Administrator with ibiblio.org. He also works with Caktus Consulting Group, a local django development shop.

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May 13 Meeting: Puppetize It!

Join us and Mike Seda at Red Hat HQ, May 13th, 7pm

Mike Seda, CEO and IT Consultant at Seda Systems, Inc., will introduce us to Puppet, an Open Source Data Center Automation and Configuration Management framework.

Puppet, is an extremely powerful System Administration tool. This presentation will demonstrate the value in "Puppetizing" both system and application tasks that were originally performed only by hand or via home-grown scripts.

Mike Seda has years of System Administration experience in Research and Enterprise Computing environments. The niche skills that he accrued during this time were (and still are) deemed extremely rare and valuable in the IT industry. One such skill is Puppet, which he has been using to automate tasks for businesses of all sizes since 2008.

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Mar 11 Meeting: Web Security 101

Location: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus
Speaker: Michael Peters
Time: 7:00pm -0500 Thu, 11 Mar 2010
Food: Pizza and soft drinks provided

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HTML is "easy", right? Security is not, right? Come listen to Michael Peters discuss web security, why you should care, where you should care, and tips for the "rest of us" who don't (but should!) wear a paranoia hat daily.

Michael will explain the basics of web security, discuss various attack vectors (SQL Injection, XSS, CSRF, and more), and some avoidance tactics. Whether you're an experienced web developer (we all need reminding) or just starting out, this talk can help avoid being the next easy harvest of The Bad Guys.

See the meeting wiki page for directions, etc.

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Feb 11 Meeting: SQLite - A Brief History

Location: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus
Speaker: D. Richard Hipp
Time: 7:00pm -0500 Thu, 11 Feb 2010
Food: Pizza and soft drinks provided

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Database technology has a long and rich history. Come listen to Richard mesmerize us with tales of the database world of yore, and the original reasons behind SQLite.

Richard will further delve into the evolution and world-wide adoption of SQLite up to the present day, survey the current state of database technology (and the trending "NoSQL" idea in particular), and how it all relates to embedded databases like SQLite. Finally, he'll tie it up with prognostications on future turns of database technology.

See the meeting wiki page for directions, etc.

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January 14 meeting - A Linux-based Arcade Console

Location: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus
Speaker: Thomas Munn
Time: 7pm, Thursday January 14
Food: Pizza and soft drinks provided

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Thomas has been working on something that is part art, part tech, and part FUN. He has an arcade game console with Linux under the hood.

Come hear Thomas tell us how he selected appropriate PC hardware, external controller boards and game inputs. He'll share his experiences putting it all together, from wood-working to soldering to software configuration. He'll show us some working parts (and some not-so-working parts), and photos of the almost complete game machine -- sorry, it's way too heavy to bring to the meeting!

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