Security and Technology Ramblings…

Just a quick post to remind me of this next time I need to remember it….

A quick note on how to reset grub if it becomes corrupt…

boot to rescue and allow it to mount /mnt/sysimage.
chroot /mnt/sysimage
grub-install –recheck –no-floppy /dev/sd?

Recently, I had a customer reach out to me with an infected WordPress site. The site had been compromised with changes that resulted in their legitimate ads being replaced with the typical Viagra and associated ads.

The normal proces consists of cleaning up the base WordPress files, updating any out of date plugins and ensuring that the theme was up to date. Sometimes a ful rebuild from the ground up is required.

I found a couple new tools that in my opinion do help in the process of repairing the site.

First, there was the website I was really impressed with the free scanner they offer to determine if your site is at risk or already compromised. Rather than spend a number of hours cleaning up the countless php files on the compromised site myself, I took advantage of their $89/year subscription service. Under this service, one of their engineers uses a pre-made tool to quickly clean the site up. This solution not only saved me time, but also saved my customer money.

Second, I stumbled upon the tools offered over at Pingdom.COM. These tools are self explanatory and simple to use.

Ok, so the title to this post is not entirely true. The article below I link to actually is a great write up on how to run a method of rDesktop that permits you to only connect an application and not an entire host session.

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A great article on how to create a bootable OSX Lion USB key fob. You’ll need this to… Eh, if you don’t know why you need this, then these are not the droids you are looking for.

OSX Daily