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Retweet of Snowden

Feb 23, 9:19
@SwiftOnSecurity @thegrugq What if you have a lot of NSA rootkit problems? Asking for a friend.
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Retweet of SwiftOnSecurity

Feb 16, 5:06
#MustRead Apple CEO Tim Cook's letter to customers on FBI's request for assistance hacking an iPhone 5c http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/ …
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Retweet of SwiftOnSecurity

Feb 10, 11:21
The speed of light suuuuuucks
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Let's Encrypt NearlyFreeSpeech.net Setup

Feb 4, 2:48

I use NearlyFreeSpeech.net for my webhosting for my personal website and I've just finished setting up TLS via Let's Encrypt. The process was slightly more complicated than what you'd like from Let's Encrypt. So for those interested in doing the same on NearlyFreeSpeech.net, I've taken the following notes.

The standard Let's Encrypt client requires su/sudo access which is not available on NearlyFreeSpeech.net's servers. Additionally NFSN's webserver doesn't have any Let's Encrypt plugins installed. So I used the Let's Encrypt Without Sudo client. I followed the instructions listed on the tool's page with the addition of providing the "--file-based" parameter to sign_csr.py.

One thing the script doesn't produce is the chain file. But this topic "Let's Encrypt - Quick HOWTO for NSFN" covers how to obtain that:

curl -o domain.chn https://letsencrypt.org/certs/lets-encrypt-x1-cross-signed.pem

Now that you have all the required files, on your NFSN server make the directory /home/protected/ssl and copy your files into it. This is described in the NFSN topic provide certificates to NFSN. After copying the files and setting their permissions as described in the previous link you submit an assistance request. For me it was only 15 minutes later that everything was setup.

After enabling HTTPS I wanted to have all HTTP requests redirect to HTTPS. The normal Apache documentation on how to do this doesn't work on NFSN servers. Instead the NFSN FAQ describes it in "redirect http to https and HSTS". You use the X-Forwarded-Proto instead of the HTTPS variable because of how NFSN's virtual hosting is setup.

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP:X-Forwarded-Proto} !https
RewriteRule ^.*$ https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

Turning on HSTS is as simple as adding the HSTS HTTP header. However, the description in the above link didn't work because my site's NFSN realm isn't on the latest Apache yet. Instead I added the following to my .htaccess. After I'm comfortable with everything working well for a few days I'll start turning up the max-age to the recommended minimum value of 180 days.

Header set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=3600;" 

Finally, to turn on CSP I started up Fiddler with my CSP Fiddler extension. It allows me to determine the most restrictive CSP rules I could apply and still have all resources on my page load. From there I found and removed inline script and some content loaded via http and otherwise continued tweaking my site and CSP rules.

After I was done I checked out my site on SSL Lab's SSL Test to see what I might have done wrong or needed improving. The first time I went through these steps I hadn't included the chain file which the SSL Test told me about. I was able to add that file to the same files I had already previously generated from the Let's Encrypt client and do another NFSN assistance request and 15 minutes later the SSL Test had upgraded me from 'B' to 'A'.

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Retweet of iainthomson

Jan 25, 10:04
What computer users see in security warning boxes #enigma2016 Very, very true. pic.twitter.com/8V4SlGwKAV
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Retweet of SwiftOnSecurity

Jan 2, 6:04
Adware uses Fiddler libraries to proxy HTTPS traffic and inject ads (cc @ericlaw) http://blog.malwarebytes.org/security-threat/2016/01/websearcher-pup-applies-proxy-lockdown/ …
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Retweet of SwiftOnSecurity

2015 Dec 23, 7:28
Does the NSA actually hack anybody, or do they just make PowerPoint presentations
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Retweet of SwiftOnSecurity

2015 Nov 15, 11:34
@snowden please stop teaching terrorists how to encrypt their communications with PlayStation 4
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Retweet of FTC

2015 Nov 4, 6:03
Our #StartWithSecurity workshop starts now. Watch live: https://player.streamspot.com/simple/live.php?cn=f9a676ee&aspect=true&w=1280&h=720&noArchiveBtn=true&noLiveBtn=true … Agenda: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/events-calendar/2015/11/start-security-austin …
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Retweet of marypcbuk

2015 Nov 1, 10:45
@SwiftOnSecurity monthly subscription. not being run over as a service
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Retweet of SwiftOnSecurity

2015 Nov 1, 10:18
"Should driverless cars kill their occupants to save pedestrians?" Humans will evolve to walk in packs for protection. Time is a circle.
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Retweet of SwiftOnSecurity

2015 Oct 8, 2:17
LAUGHING MY ASS OFF http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/10/volkswagen-pulls-2016-diesel-lineup-from-us-market/ … pic.twitter.com/F0CYPjwxbs
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Retweet of olemoudi

2015 Sep 18, 4:21
Shell-XSS: Never trust cat again http://openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2015/09/17/5 …
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Retweet of SwiftOnSecurity

2015 Aug 16, 1:09
.@realnzall Don't worry, Tay has a physical hard drive wiper with verification pass and optional label printer 😁 pic.twitter.com/PgAqBKXgCH
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Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Aug 11, 11:19
James Mickens funny and pessimistic talk "Not Even Close: The State of Computer Security" from NDC June 2015 https://vimeo.com/135347162 
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Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Jul 30, 1:28
OK we get it, cars can be hacked http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/07/ownstar-researcher-hijacks-remote-access-to-onstar/ …
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Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Jul 16, 9:39
Adblock Plus forum user has a feature request: block commercials on smart TVs. https://twitter.com/SwiftOnSecurity/status/622089615172726784 …
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Retweet of SwiftOnSecurity

2015 Jun 28, 7:01
If The Matrix was an option, I'd re-up every year.
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Retweet of SwiftOnSecurity

2015 Apr 13, 7:01
I should have fond memories of GTA IV, but instead it's "Hey cousin, do you want to go bowling?"
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Retweet of sleevi_

2015 Apr 7, 2:41
Rad to see Mozilla in on the fun! For Chrome, see https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/#!topic/blink-dev/2LXKVWYkOus … and https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/#!topic/security-dev/pnsUO-KxzTs … // @metromoxie https://twitter.com/jruderman/status/585562933914181635 …
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