Friday, February 15, 2019

Boston Linux Meeting Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Bob Frankston works in progress

When:February 20, 2019 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Bob Frankston works in progress
Moderator: Bob Frankston

Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 395
** Please note room change. Room 395 is to the right of the 3rd floor
** elevator at the end of the break room

Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.
https://courbanize.com/projects/mit-kendall-square/updates

Summary:

    Bob presents some of the things he is currently working on

Abstract:

    Bob is working on several projects and is presenting his works in
progress. He will schedule another meeting in the summer when these
projects are completed.


Bio:

    Bob is probably best known as co-creator of the original spreadsheet
application, VisiCalc. His detailed bio is at
http://rmf.vc/bob_frankston_bi
Also visit http://frankston.com/


For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

Parking:
On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessable via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library. Another option is the Amherst Street/E51
lot.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/paybyphone
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

BLU Installfest AND MIT IoTFest Saturday January 19, 2019

Boston Linux Installfest Installfest LXIX and MIT ITFest
When: Saturday January 19, 2013 9AM - 6PM

Where: MIT Building E-51, Room 315
2 Amherst St, Cambridge
http://mitiq.mit.edu/mitiq/directions_%20parkinge51.htm

Please refer to the MIT IoTFest web site for the agenda and speakers
list: http://ttn.mit.edu/IoTFest/

Please note that lunch is provided by the MIT IoFest group

For the installfest:
What you need to bring: Your computer, monitor, power strips and your
Linux distributions. We do have copies of some distributions.

In general we have expertise with most distros, but if you need special
expertise, please email the BLU discussion list in advance. Today, most
distros are using Live images that you can try out and then install.
This can be copied to DVDs or USB sticks.There are a number of USB
creators, such as UNetbootin (https://unetbootin.github.io/). Both
Fedora and Ubuntu have a USB creator built in.

COST: It's free! However, we DO have expenses, and contributions are
welcome. Please consider contributing $25 per machine.

Our volunteers will help you to install Linux on your own system. While
Linux runs on most systems, some systems do have configurations and
hardware that may not be supported. Please consult the following web
pages for hardware compatibility. While we prefer you to bring your own
distros, our volunteers will normally have

Linux Howto Pages: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/HOWTO-INDEX/howtos.html
Linux Frequently Asked Questions: http://tldp.org/docs.html#faq
Additionally, there are forums and listservs for most distros.

Generally our volunteers have sets of the latest Fedora, SuSE and
Ubuntu distributions:
* Fedora - https://getfedora.org/ (Fedora 29 Live DVD/USB)
* Ubuntu - http://www.ubuntu.com ( 18.04.1 LTS DVD/USB or 18.10
* other distros can be downloaded at the Installfest

We generally have them on local drives and can burn CDs/DVDs and
USBs.Since there are many variants of these distros, we advise you to
bring an empty USB stick with sufficient memory to hold one of the
distros. Live images require about 1.5GB. I usually have some USBs
prepared or can easily burn a USB.

We usually have both a Wired and Wireless network available.


In addition, you can run Linux on your Windows PC through a virtual
machine manager, such as Virtualbox. You can install this in your
Windows machine and run Linux as a guest OS, or install it in your Linux
machine and run Windows as a guest. Oracle VirtualBox 5.2.18
(http://www.virtualbox.org.) is free and is available for Linux, Windows
10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista. Additionally,
there are also some VMWare clients that are also free for Windows.

Please refer to the BLU website (http://www.blu.org) for further
information and directions.

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix user group
http://www.blu.org
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Boston Linux Meeting reminder,tomorrow Wednesday, January 16, 2019 corrected room

When: January 16, 2019 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Linux Game Development
Moderator: Dennis Payne
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315
Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.
https://courbanize.com/projects/mit-kendall-square/updates

Summary:

An introduction to some tools and resources for developing games on Linux

Abstract:

Why would you want to develop games under Linux? What do you need to
develop a game? Dennis discusses these questions, and demonstrates some
resources and tools that can aid in development.


Bio:

Dennis Payne is a senior software engineer at Skillsoft. He has worked
on the commercial game Devil's Whiskey. He maintains several open source
games like Bt Builder and Ostrich Riders. He contributes to packaging in
the Fedora distribution.



For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

Parking:
On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessable via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library. Another option is the Amherst Street/E51
lot.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/paybyphone
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
PGP key id:3BC1EB90
PGP Key fingerprint: 49E2 C52A FC5A A31F 8D66 C0AF 7CEA 30FC 3BC1 EB90


































































































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Boston Linux Meeting reminder,tomorrow Wednesday, January 16, 2019

When: January 16, 2019 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Linux Game Development
Moderator: Dennis Payne
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room Room to be determined
Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.
https://courbanize.com/projects/mit-kendall-square/updates

Summary:

An introduction to some tools and resources for developing games on Linux

Abstract:

Why would you want to develop games under Linux? What do you need to
develop a game? Dennis discusses these questions, and demonstrates some
resources and tools that can aid in development.


Bio:

Dennis Payne is a senior software engineer at Skillsoft. He has worked
on the commercial game Devil's Whiskey. He maintains several open source
games like Bt Builder and Ostrich Riders. He contributes to packaging in
the Fedora distribution.



For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

Parking:
On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessable via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library. Another option is the Amherst Street/E51
lot.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/paybyphone
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
PGP key id:3BC1EB90
PGP Key fingerprint: 49E2 C52A FC5A A31F 8D66 C0AF 7CEA 30FC 3BC1 EB90
































































































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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Boston Linux Meeting Wednesday, January 16, 2019

When: January 16, 2019 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Linux Game Development
Moderator: Dennis Payne
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room Room to be determined
Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.
https://courbanize.com/projects/mit-kendall-square/updates

Summary:

An introduction to some tools and resources for developing games on Linux

Abstract:

Why would you want to develop games under Linux? What do you need to
develop a game? Dennis discusses these questions, and demonstrates some
resources and tools that can aid in development.


Bio:

Dennis Payne is a senior software engineer at Skillsoft. He has worked
on the commercial game Devil's Whiskey. He maintains several open source
games like Bt Builder and Ostrich Riders. He contributes to packaging in
the Fedora distribution.



For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

Parking:
On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessable via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library. Another option is the Amherst Street/E51
lot.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/paybyphone
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
PGP key id:3BC1EB90
PGP Key fingerprint: 49E2 C52A FC5A A31F 8D66 C0AF 7CEA 30FC 3BC1 EB90






























































































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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Boston Linux Meeting Reminder, tomorrow, Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - Security: Rogue Device Attacks

When: December 19, 2018 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Security: Rogue Device Attacks
Moderator: Federico Lucifredi
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315
Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.
https://courbanize.com/projects/mit-kendall-square/updates

Summary:

A live demonstration of hacking with keystroke injection attacks

Abstract:

We will be taking advantage of the inherent trust that computers place
on what is believed to be a regular keyboard to unleash pre-programmed
kesytroke payloads at well over 1000 words a minute. We access the host
system and bypass traditional security countermeasures for payloads that
can include reverse shells, binary injetion, brute force password
attacks, and just about any attack that can be fully automated.

In this session we explore the fundamentals of attacks exploiting the
trust the operating system places on USB human-interaction devices to
demonstrate once again the old principle that if you can physically
access a computing device, there is no real security to be had. I will
review the hardware, its capabilities, how it can be used to breach OS
security, and how attackers can enable it to perform a variety of
nefarious tasks with its own suite of tools. I will then show how to
build and install additional software and customize the device with
binary or scripted payloads.

After exploring the building blocks of USB HID exploitation, we take the
discussion to the next level by altogether removing the need for a
device and exploring what attacks can be delivered directly by a plain
USB cable. We dissect an easily-sourced, low-cost hardware implant
embedded in a standard, innocent-looking USB cable providing an attacker
with further capabilities, including among them the ability to track its
own geolocation.

Clearly, complete control of a covert computer running with full system
access can be used in a variety of network security attack scenarios
that need to be accounted for in your threat model. We'll discuss
applicable security countermeasures.

Use your newfound knowledge for good, with great power comes great
responsibility!

Bio:

Federico Lucifredi is The Ceph Storage Product Management Director at
Red Hat, formerly the Ubuntu Server PM at Canonical, and the Linux
"Systems Management Czar" at SUSE.

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

Parking:
On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessable via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library. Another option is the Amherst Street/E51
lot.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/paybyphone
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
PGP key id:3BC1EB90
PGP Key fingerprint: 49E2 C52A FC5A A31F 8D66 C0AF 7CEA 30FC 3BC1 EB90


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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Boston Linux Meeting Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - Security: Rogue Device Attacks

When: December 19, 2018 7:00PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Security: Rogue Device Attacks
Moderator: Federico Lucifredi
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315
Note: Parking at E-51 is now free. See note below

Please note that Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed between Amherst St to Main St. See the ling below for
additional details.
https://courbanize.com/projects/mit-kendall-square/updates

Summary:

A live demonstration of hacking with keystroke injection attacks

Abstract:

We will be taking advantage of the inherent trust that computers place
on what is believed to be a regular keyboard to unleash pre-programmed
kesytroke payloads at well over 1000 words a minute. We access the host
system and bypass traditional security countermeasures for payloads that
can include reverse shells, binary injetion, brute force password
attacks, and just about any attack that can be fully automated.

In this session we explore the fundamentals of attacks exploiting the
trust the operating system places on USB human-interaction devices to
demonstrate once again the old principle that if you can physically
access a computing device, there is no real security to be had. I will
review the hardware, its capabilities, how it can be used to breach OS
security, and how attackers can enable it to perform a variety of
nefarious tasks with its own suite of tools. I will then show how to
build and install additional software and customize the device with
binary or scripted payloads.

After exploring the building blocks of USB HID exploitation, we take the
discussion to the next level by altogether removing the need for a
device and exploring what attacks can be delivered directly by a plain
USB cable. We dissect an easily-sourced, low-cost hardware implant
embedded in a standard, innocent-looking USB cable providing an attacker
with further capabilities, including among them the ability to track its
own geolocation.

Clearly, complete control of a covert computer running with full system
access can be used in a variety of network security attack scenarios
that need to be accounted for in your threat model. We'll discuss
applicable security countermeasures.

Use your newfound knowledge for good, with great power comes great
responsibility!

Bio:

Federico Lucifredi is The Ceph Storage Product Management Director at
Red Hat, formerly the Ubuntu Server PM at Canonical, and the Linux
"Systems Management Czar" at SUSE.

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

Parking:
On-Campus Free Parking (These parking lots are free after 5pm)

Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only
accessable via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and
directly under the Sloan library. Another option is the Amherst Street/E51
lot.

All other MIT lots require permits after hours.

The closest public parking
is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is
90 Broadway Street. For other parking options, see
http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html


All Cambridge parking meters use Passport by Phone:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/paybyphone
This is active on all Cambridge metered parking spaces. Meters are free
after 8PM

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
http://www.blu.org

--
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
PGP key id:3BC1EB90
PGP Key fingerprint: 49E2 C52A FC5A A31F 8D66 C0AF 7CEA 30FC 3BC1 EB90


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