Systems, Network, and Administration Podcast.

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Systems, Network, and Administration Podcast. Every two weeks TechSNAP covers the stories that impact those of us in the tech industry, and all of us that follow it. Every episode we dedicate a portion of the show to answer audience questions, discuss best practices, and solving your problems.

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  • Episode 359: Netflix’s Dark Capacity

    March 15th, 2018  |  31 mins 49 secs
    acme, amplification attack, aws, cisco hardcoded password, cve 2018-1057, ddos, fail2ban replacement, let’s encrypt, netflix, project nimble, s3scanner, samba 4, slingshot, sysadmin podcast, techsnap, wildcard ssl

    Netflix has a few tricks we can learn from, and the story of clever malware that was operating undetected since 2012.

  • Episode 358: A Future Without Servers

    March 1st, 2018  |  36 mins 28 secs
    apple, aws, cloud storage, cve tracking, devops, encryption, icloud,, lambda, open-lambda, openwhisk, private browsing, pwned passwords, serverless architecture, sysadmin podcast, techsnap, troy hunt, veil

    The term serverless gets thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean? What are the benefits and the drawbacks? It’s a TechSNAP introduction to Serverless Architecture.

  • Episode 357: The Return of Spectre

    February 22nd, 2018  |  31 mins 53 secs
    firefox lockdown, ibrs, indirect branch restricted speculation, inspec, kernel page table isolation, kpti, meltdown, patch status, pcid, process context identifier, spectre, tesla cryptojacking, windows analytics

    New variants, bad patches, busted microcode and devastated performance. It’s a TechSNAP Meltdown and Spectre check up.

  • Episode 356: The Concern with Containers

    February 15th, 2018  |  37 mins 23 secs
    air-gapped, asa, blockchain, cisco, containers, docker, microsoft did, remote code execution, skype update flaw, sysadmin podcast, techsnap, telegram zero-day, xml parser

    The problems containers can’t solve, nasty security flaws in Skype and Telegram, and Cisco discovers they have a bigger issue on their hands then first realized.

  • Episode 355: Operation FreeNAS Rescue

    February 8th, 2018  |  40 mins 13 secs
    adb.miner, best practices, beyondcorp, freenas, freenas migration, google security, lsi, monero, network security, supermicro, sysadmin podcast, techsnap, wordpress, zfs, zpool

    We save our FreeNAS Mini from the edge, and perform an emergency migration to much larger hardware.

  • Episode 354: Here Come the Script Kiddies

    February 1st, 2018  |  51 mins 59 secs
    802.1x, autosploit, autosploit review, docker swarm, iscsi explained, portainer, psad, securing wordpress, shodan, simple network authentication, sysadmin podcast, techsnap, vlan, wordpress

    AutoSploit has the security industry in a panic, so we give it a go. To our surprise we discover systems at the DOD, Amazon, and other places vulnerable to this automated attack. We’ll tell you all about it, and what these 400 lines of Python known as AutoSploit really do.

  • Episode 353: Too Many Containers

    January 25th, 2018  |  43 mins 8 secs
    ai, ansible, bpf, checkpoint, chronicle, dnsfs, introduction to kubernetes, kubernetes, kubernetes explained, project zero, sysadmin podcast, techsnap

    We introduce you to Kubernetes, what problems it solves, why everyone is talking about it, and where it came from. Also who shouldn’t be using Kubernetes, and the problems you can run into when scaling it.

  • Episode 352: Stop Using apt-get

    January 22nd, 2018  |  36 mins 40 secs
    android malware, ansible vs chef, cm, configuration management for the desktop, configuration management introduction, lenovo backdoor, samsam, sysadmin podcast, techsnap

    And start using configuration management. Embrace reproducibility of systems, and streamlined management with TechSNAP’s introduction to Configuration Management.

  • Episode 351: Performance Meltdown

    January 11th, 2018  |  41 mins 43 secs
    backdoor, coordinated disclosure, freebsd, kaiser, kpti, macos high sierra, meltdown, pcid, perfmon, performance, pti, side-channel attack, spectre, speculative execution, sysadmin podcast, sysinternals, techsnap, ubuntu, wd my cloud

    The types of workloads that will see the largest performance impacts from Meltdown, tools to test yourself, and the outlook for 2018.

    Plus a concise breakdown of Meltdown, Spectre, and side-channel attacks like only TechSNAP can.

  • Episode 350: Trials of TLS

    December 29th, 2017  |  50 mins 43 secs
    alteryx, aws s3 buckets, dji s3 bucket, ibm 1401, netflix, openssl, security monkey, server message block, smb, ssl, storagecrypter, tls 1.3, traffic analysis, upguard

    A deep dive into some SMB fundamentals and practical tips to stay on top of suspicious network traffic.

  • Episode 349: All Natural Namespaces

    December 21st, 2017  |  50 mins
    botlogs, botnets, containers, fireeye, ieee 802.1ab, linux, malware, network namespace, robot attack, routing, sysadmin podcast, techsnap, triton, virtual ethernet devices, vrf, wannacry, wannacry killswitch, wireguard

    Network Namespaces have been around for a while, but there may be be some very practical ways to use them that you’ve never considered. Wes does a deep dive into a very flexible tool.

  • Episode 348: Server Neglect

    December 14th, 2017  |  49 mins 13 secs
    botnet, freenas upgrade, hp keylogger, krebsonsecurity, mirai, openzfs, process doppelgänging, synaptics touchpad driver, syntp.sys, zwclose

    Authors of one of the most infamous botnets of all time get busted, researchers discover keyloggers built into HP Laptops, the major HomeKit flaw no one is talking about, and the new version of FreeNAS packs a lot of features for a point release.

  • Episode 347: A Farewell to Dan | TechSNAP 347

    November 30th, 2017  |  1 hr 39 mins

    We say farewell to Dan, but don't despair, we've still got a ton of great topics to cover as we say goodbye. We compare the handling of recent data breaches at imgur & DJI, share some in-depth guides on beefing up your security posture & much more!

  • Episode 346: Neutral Nets | TechSNAP 346

    November 20th, 2017  |  1 hr 17 mins

    We get depressed over new stats confirming our worst fears about the huge number of outdated & unpatched android systems. Github wants to help you stay secure with their new Security Alerts feature. We discuss what it needs to be relevant & more!

  • Episode 345: Namespaces GOTO Jail | TechSNAP 345

    November 18th, 2017  |  1 hr 52 mins

    Jails, zones & linux containers. Dan shares his years of experience using FreeBSD jails. Wes breaks down cgroups, namespaces & explains how they come together to create a container. Plus we discuss similarities, differences, workflows & more!

  • Episode 344: SSL Strippers | TechSNAP 344

    November 8th, 2017  |  1 hr 18 mins

    We’ve got the disturbing tale of some negligent websites & their fraudulent fonts. Then, some top tips to evaluate the security of your banking institutions & best practices for verbal passwords. Plus, a discussion of opsec, obfuscation, security & you!