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 366: Catching up with Allan

    May 2nd, 2018  |  48 mins 32 secs
    allan jude, benchmarking, chipsec, freebsd, honeypot, linuxfest northwest, micah lee, network bottlenecks, qnx, remote exploit, sysadmin podcast, techsnap, uefitool, volkswagen vulnerabilities, zfs compression

    We catch up with Allan Jude and he shares stories of hunting network bottlenecks, memories of old firewalls, and some classic ZFS updates.

  • Episode 365: The Unfixable Exploit

    April 24th, 2018  |  38 mins 54 secs
    atlanta ransomware, balena, chrome 66, docker, fresco logic fl2000, moby, nintendo switch, rtl-sdr, shofel2, spoofing cell networks, symantec ssls, sysadmin podcast, techsnap, tegra x1, vmware vulnerabilities, zabbix

    Hardware flaws that can’t be solved, human errors at the physical layer, and spoofing cellular networks with a $5 dongle.

  • Episode 364: The Case for Monitoring

    April 18th, 2018  |  37 mins 43 secs
    alternatives, collectd, icinga, metric collection, nagios, nagios downsides, nagios plugins, nagios remote plugin executor, nagios usage examples, netdata, nrpe, proactive maintenance, prometheus, sensu, server monitoring introduction, sysadmin podcast, techsnap, what to monitor

    We cover all the bases this week in our TechSNAP introduction to server monitoring.

  • Episode 363: Tips from the Top

    April 12th, 2018  |  35 mins 13 secs
    branchscope attack, how to get a sysadmin job, it career tips, post-mortem, sysadmin podcast, techsnap, things to learn, travis ci outage, zero-width characters

    Getting started or getting ahead in IT is a moving target, so we’ve crowd sourced some of the best tips and advice to help.

  • Episode 362: Rebuilding it Better

    April 5th, 2018  |  35 mins 11 secs
    cloudformation, infrastructure as code, myfitnesspal, panera bread leak, secuirty news, sysadmin podcast, techsnap, terraform hcl, terraform introduction, total meltdown, under armour hack

    It’s a TechSNAP introduction to Terraform, a tool for building, changing, and versioning infrastructure safely and efficiently.

  • Episode 361: It's All in the Log

    March 29th, 2018  |  32 mins 49 secs
    android malware, apfs encryption, atlanta ransomware, etcd, giovanni collazo, macos high sierra, plaintext password, shodan, sysadmin podcast, techsnap, zero-day exploit

    Embarrassing flaws get exposed when the logs get reviewed, Atlanta city government gets shut down by Ransomware, and the cleverest little Android malware you’ll ever meet.

  • Episode 360: AMD Flaws Explained

    March 22nd, 2018  |  29 mins 9 secs
    amd platform security processor, amd psp, epyc, ethereum dns rebinding attack, expedia, fallout, firefox master password, orbitz, rdp vulnerability, ryzenfall, sysadmin podcast, techsnap

    We cut through the noise and explain in clear terms what’s really been discovered. The botched disclosure of flaws in AMD products has overshadowed the technical details of the vulnerabilities, and we aim to fix that..

  • 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.