PLUG's Upcoming Events
PLUG's August topics will be CLI packet forensics and Blender.
Topic: CLI packet forensics
As Information Security evolves, more tools are being released that allow us investigate incidents quicker and easier, conversely making many analyst lazier. The sacrifice we have made to this idol of convenience is increasing layers of abstraction from the 'truth' of raw data, placing trust in tools we did not write using methods we do not know. While these high level tools are good to have, the ability to use simple, low-level tools is essential for security professionals.
This workshop will focus on using 'low-level' tools for network forensics. We will be using Wireshark's CLI tools, tcpdump, and Linux CLI tools to look at PCAPs to find and extract interesting information. A laptop with an Ubuntu VM is recommended, as all the tools we will be using should be 'apt-get'able. Please install these tools before the workshop if at all possible.
Topic: Basic Modelling Tools in Blender 3D
Basic introduction to Blender, focusing on the modelling tools. The basic geometric techniques (extrusion, knife cut, radial cutting tool etc) along with the sculpting tools (and the dynamic topology sculpting tools). Then an example of how to use the boolean tools to create geometry as well. Finally a quick demonstration of what "UV unwrapping" is about, and how to utilize it.
Various hobbies include leatherwork, blacksmithing, wood work , archery (belongs to the Society for Creative Anachronism) and lately SCUBA. Was happily surprised to find out the Linux based software for his dive computer was written partly by Linus.
When and where: Info for Plug meeting Time and location
Upcoming topics include:
Improving (and measuring!) your home network experience
Monitoring applications and systems with Sensu
Chromakey with Free Software graphics and video tools
dealing with cruft
presenter: Ed Nicholson at 0x1b, Freelance Information Architect of
Free Systems and Software.
Hello. My name is Mike and I like Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS). I'm attempting to find a group of people who are like minded. Presently, I'm looking for people who would be interested in socializing but in the future I plan on trying to hold computer-club meetings. The purpose of these meetings is both to be social and to try to teach about open source software. I know there is a computer club here in the Verde Valley but they charge for membership. We will meet at coffee shops and other such places so, as Linux is free, the club will be as well. A third thing I would like to do is to periodically have, what they call in Phoenix, installfests. Installfests are events where people, who wish to test FOSS gather together to install a FOSS operating system on their computers (usually as a dual-boot so as to preserve their windows installation). Please, contact me and we'll get together :) Name of the group? Why of course.... it is VVOSSS. (pronounced 'Voss')
Title: Simple Techniques for Online Password Security
Abstract: Heartbleed likely exposed passwords everywhere. 60% of web sites might have been susceptable to the recent security vulnerability that was all over the news. Since Heartbleed eaves no trace, we do not know how much it was exploited.
Once they have your credentials, crackers need only minutes to try them at millions of sites. Avoid that domino effect by using simple, effective techniques to make sure information from one web site can't be used to compromise your account on another.
Using the same email address and password across multiple sites means that one break in can be leveraged to access your other accounts. Use different information for *every* site. No need for you to memorize a bunch of passwords or other information. Let a password manager such as KeePass, KeePassDroid or KeePassX handle that for you.
Also keep track of other data such as PINs, security question answers, the shoe size you gave them and other data you need to keep secure.
Learn about two factor authentication.
Bio: der.hans is the founder of the Free Software Stammtisch, chairmain for PLUG and repeat speaker for SCaLE. He's a DBA at Limelight Networks and moonlights as an adjunct instructor at Mesa Community College.
We have 4 topics this month
Austin Godber will be doing a demonstration of how he uses IPython for data analysis tasks.
IPython has multiple components. First it provides an advanced command line python REPL replacement. IPython also has a useful web based notebook interface that is well suited for interactive data analysis and visualization. Both of these features will be addressed with focus being on the web notebook component.
Austin Godber (@godber) is a developer and system administrator at Arizona State University and works on the camera team for NASA's MER and MSL Mars rovers. He has been using Linux for nearly 20 years and programmed in Python, Ruby, IDL, and C.
Brian Cluff will demonstrate damaged photo restoration using the gimp. He will show off several techniques and tools to repair damage, and how to get the best results.
Jerry Snitselaar will give us "Highlights of the 2014 Linux Collaboration Summit"
A quick overview of some of the things discussed at this year's Linux Collorabtion Summit held in March in Napa, CA.
Jerry Snitselaar - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Oracle's Linux and Virtualization Group working on the Linux Kernel. Originally from Iowa, but I have been in the valley since going to work for Lucent in 2000.
der.hans: "Heartbleed and me"
Abstract: In our continueing short talks on security, we will cover the Heartbleed bug from the desktop user's perspective.