Basic Apache Hardening in SLES 10

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I setup a SuSE Enterprise Linux (SLES) 10 SP2 web server last week, and wanted to do some basic hardening of the default Apache configuration.  Here’s what I did. edit /etc/apache2/httpd.conf Add RewriteEngine On Add RewriteLogLevel 2 Add RewriteLog /var/log/apache2/rewrite.log Add ServerSignature Off The ServerSignature directive allows the configuration of a trailing footer line under […]

Novell has released patches for DNS cache poisoning vulnerability

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Novell has released patches for novell-bind on OES2 and named.nlm on Netware that address the deficiencies in the DNS protocol and common DNS implementations that facilitate DNS cache poisoning attacks described in CVE-2008-1447.    Patches for bind running on SuSE Enterprise Linux Server (SLES) 9 and 10, plus openSUSE 10.2, 10.3, and 11.0 were released previously.    […]

Fix: Groupwise 6.5 won’t install on SLES 10 SP2

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I was trying to perform a new Groupwise installation on SLES 10 SP2 servers on Friday, but when I ran the install script, nothing seemed to happen.  I’d run the install script, but nothing ever appeared on the console that gave me any indication that the installer was actually running. I took a look at the […]

ConsoleOne error on SLES 10 SP2: Can’t find Java

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So, the other day I wrote about my Java errors I experienced when trying to load VNC in Firefox on a brand new SuSE 10 SP2 server.  Today brought about a new Java error after I installed ConsoleOne 1.3.6f on the same SLES 10 SP2 servers. I  received the following message while trying to start up ConsoleOne […]

Howto: Fix VNC / Firefox plugin problems on SLES 10 SP2

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Yesterday I installed two identical SuSE Linux Enterprise (SLES) 10 SP2 servers on their own private network.  Since this private network was completeky isolated, neither server received any updates or patches.  When I tried to connect from one server to the other through VNC at, I received the following message from Firefox: Plugin Finder […]

Howto: repair eDirectory on a SLES server

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ndsrepair allows you to maintain and repair the eDirectory database of a Novell eDirectory tree.  ndsrepair is the linux equivalent of Netware’s dsrepair tool. To run ndsrepair on a SLES 10 SP1 server,  from a terminal window type: ndsrepair You can find the entire list of command line options applicable to ndsrepair here at the Novell eDirectory […]

Howto: Determine the version of eDirectory in SLES 10 SP1

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To determine the version of eDirectory running on a SLES 10 SP1 server,  from a terminal window type: ndsd –version or ndsrepair -T or ndsstat The ndsstat utility displays information related to Novell eDirectory servers. The utility displays the eDirectory tree name, the fully distinguished server name, the eDirectory version, and the RootMostEntryDepth. The RootMostEntryDepth […]

Howto: Remove eDirectory from a SLES 9 SP3 server

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I’ve decided to format our SLES 9 SP3 server and put a nice, fresh installation of SLES 10.1/OES2 onto it. Before I can do that though, I need to remove the SLES server and it’s replicas from eDirectory. From a console session on the SLES server, run the following command (logged in as root): ndsconfig […]

Howto: Uninstall the SLES Virtual Machine Driver Pack for Windows on Xen

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Disclaimer: I recently fell off the turnip truck with respect to Xen, the virtualization platform included with SLES 10. All my past virtualization experience has been with VMware or Virtual Server, so this may be blatantly obvious to the rest of the IT world… We are running Groupwise Mobile Server (GMS) on a Windows Server […]