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LEMP stack installation scripts for Ubuntu 14.04

This weekend I overhauled my quick-lemp scripts for automating part of the server setup and LEMP stack installation process. The basic functionality is the same: standard new server setup is performed and a fully functioning LEMP stack is installed along with a sample...

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Obtain and install a free SSL certificate on Nginx

Until the past year I never really bothered to put my projects behind SSL. It always seemed like more of a hassle than it was worth, and I didn't like the idea of paying $50+ for a properly-signed SSL certificate when none of my projects were commercial or...

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Poodlebleed exploits SSL 3.0

Despite being 15 years old, and theoretically replaced by TLS, SSL 3.0 is still in widespread use. As luck would have it, yesterday Google researchers revealed a vulnerability in 3.0 which allows for the decryption of secure connections. Poodlebleed is a vulnerability...

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Quick introduction to DNS

IP Addresses and Domains In computer networks, every single machine is identified by a numerical label called an IP address like 203.0.113.1 (IPv4) or 2001:0db8:0f61:a1ff:0000:0000:0000:0080 (IPv6). As IP addresses are hard to remember, the Domain Name System has been...

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Initial steps on a new Ubuntu 14.04 server

Ubuntu 14.04 If you just logged in to a fresh installation of Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr), there are a few steps you'll want to take immediately to help secure your new server. The IP blocks used by the various VPS providers are constantly being scanned, and brute...

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A LAMP stack with Nginx is a LEMP stack

LEMP stack not LNMP stack For years I've referred to a stack consisting of Linux, Nginx, MySQL/MariaDB, and PHP/Python/Perl as a LEMP stack. While using LEMP might seem odd at first, it actually makes a lot of sense given that Nginx is pronounced "engine x."...

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