Quickly setup a Gentoo system

In order to verify if the installation instructions in the Gentoo Handbook are still valid, and to allow me to quickly seed new Gentoo installations in a virtual environment, I wrote a very ugly (really) script to automatically "stage" a Gentoo Linux installation in a KVM guest. This is not …

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Catching up

As mentioned on the gentoo-doc mailinglist, all documentation bugs (that we know of) related to openrc have been fixed. It was already a week like so, but the last dependency on our "tracker" bug was an open one (asking if more needs to be done or not) from which we …

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Mitigating risks, part 3 - hardening

While I'm writing this post, my neighbor is shouting. He's shouting so hard, that I was almost writing with CAPS on to make sure you could read me. But don't worry, he's not fighting - it is how he expresses his (positive) feelings about his religion.

Security is, for some, also …

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Mitigating risks, part 2 - service isolation

Internet: absolute communication, absolute isolation
\~Paul Carvel

The quote might be ripped out of its context completely, since it wasn't made when talking about risks and the assurance you might need to get in order to reduce risks. But it does give a nice introduction to the second part of …

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Mitigating risks, part 1

We are running Foobar 2.0 on Tomcat 4. We know that Tomcat 4 isn't supported, but hey - our (internal) customer is happy that the Foobar application works and would like to keep it that way. Upgrading to Tomcat 5 or higher is not possible - Foobar 2.0 only works …

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Now using refpolicy 2.20110726

A few days ago, I committed the SELinux policy modules that are based on the 2.20110726 set released upstream. For those that are using Gentoo Hardened with SELinux, you'll find them if you use the \~arch set for the sec-policy category.

When I talk about upstream, it usually is …

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Use parted for large partitions

A few bugs that were sitting in Gentoo's bugzilla for the documentation were related to large partitions (2 TB and higher). Previously, this wasn't as much as an issue since the number of users that have 2+ TB partitions are fairly slim. But of course time flies, hardware becomes cheaper …

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