Author: scott

PHP7 Showing 3x Performance Gains Over PHP5 In Computational Tests

I’ve been upgrading my development systems from Fedora 24 to 25, getting PHP 7.0 in the process, replacing PHP 5.6. Much to my delight, the first tests with a specific computationally-oriented workload that I run are showing impressive performance improvements.

Posted in Linux, Performance

Download MVPS HOSTS File Converted to Unix EOLs

Periodically I’ll be doing an ad-hoc deploy of MVPS HOSTS file on a Mac or Android system, and have to improvise a means to accomplish the required conversion from DOS to Unix line termination from the shell prompt.

Posted in Android, Linux, Mobile Security, Privacy

Leaving Windows for Linux on my Primary System


Few outside the technology business may be fully aware that Windows 10 arrives in the context of a major strategy shift at Microsoft. Feeling the heat from Google, Apple, and others, Microsoft needs to mutate and evolve its business models

Posted in Linux, Privacy, Windows

One More Check In on WordPress XML-RPC Fail2ban Traps

XML-RPC Attack Traffic

Just putting out an updated chart showing how this has performed through several additional months of operation. I’ve previously covered what’s happening here in detail when I began to sustain a high volume of attacks, when I implemented the fail2ban

Posted in Network Security, Web Security, WordPress

How To Deploy MVPS HOSTS File on an Android Phone

Confirming superuser

I have replaced the default HOSTS file on my Android device with the MVPS HOSTS file, a blacklist for blocking advertising, tracking and malware-distributing server names. Installing this blacklist confers the same browsing security, privacy, and performance benefits on my

Posted in Android, Mobile Security, Privacy

Checking in on the Performance of WordPress XML-RPC Attack Countermeasures

XML-RPC Attack Traffic

Following up on my deployment of WordPress XML-RPC attack countermeasures a few months ago, let’s have a look at how effectively the traps have performed in live operation in the intervening time.

Posted in Network Security, Web Security, WordPress

Countering WordPress XML-RPC Attacks with fail2ban

In my last post I began inquiring into the WordPress XML-RPC attacks I’ve been sustaining here on the site. Since then I’ve been further studying the threat and experimenting with responses, and I have now developed working countermeasures and cast

Posted in Network Security, Web Security, WordPress

Sustaining WordPress XML-RPC Attack Traffic

XML-RPC Attack Traffic

I’ve been experiencing the same increased frequency of attacks against WordPress’ integrated XML-RPC service in recent months as reported by many other site operators. The attacks have been covered well elsewhere, but I wanted to chronicle what I’m seeing and

Posted in Network Security, Web Security, WordPress

Android Device Manager Does Not Work in Internet Explorer

[Edit: As of July 11th it looks like this has been fixed. Android Device Manager is working in Internet Explorer 11 again in my testing. Original discussion follows.] Last night I flashed my phone up to CyanogenMod 11 M8, and

Posted in Android, Mobile Security

TrueCrypt: What Happened, What It Means, and What Happens Now

Based on the sum of the evidence that’s now filtered in, and in the consensus view of experts, the primary cause of the TrueCrypt crisis of the last few days was developer fatigue. After 10 years of thankless work developing

Posted in Encryption