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John R. Ray

It Worked in Development...

Stop Saying These Four Words

Everywhere you look are pizza boxes and half-empty Red Bulls. Admins, illuminated by the glow of 30″ monitors, sit hunched over keyboards typing furiously. It’s 3 AM, the day of your new software release and right now those admins are desperately trying to rollback a botched deployment.

Suddenly the status widgets, which had to be silenced to . . .

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March 09, 2017

Chef, Inspec, and Dirty COW

Using Compliance to remediate CVE-2016-5195

Many of you know about or will hear about CVE-2016-5195 aka Dirty COW.

CVE-2016-5195
Bugzilla
FAQ

This particularly nasty kernel vulnerability has been around for years and likely affects a majority of the Linux nodes are currently running. The short form is that it allows an unprivileged user to gain root access to a system. I'm not . . .

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November 28, 2016

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