Beware Apple ID Phishing Scam

If you receive an e-mail like this:

Hi Customer,

Your Apple ID will be disable because of some violated policies.

You need to sign and verify it as soon as possible. (we have noticed that
your account information appears to be invalid and unverified).

Please open the attached file and verify your apple id before 24 hours, or
your apple id will be disable permanent.


Apple Support

     Do NOT open the attachment and do NOT respond to it.  This is a third party forging an e-mail to look like Apple but it is NOT Apple and if you respond to this you will be giving a third party your Apple ID with which they can make purchases.

Reboots Completed

     Reboots completed, all machines tested for remounting of /home and /mail via NFS also all tested to be sure NIS bound successfully.  Only two machines did not mount properly, debian and uucp, and in the case of UUCP, it is not relying on either of those file systems so was not service impacting.  All are corrected now.


Reboots Early Saturday

    I plan on rebooting all of the Linux based machines tonight just after midnight in order to load a newer kernel.  Since we’ve been on Ubuntu 18.04 these have gone mostly smooth with the exception of some shell servers not remounting file systems correctly.  I will check these immediately after reboot.  Services should be interrupted for about five minutes each with the exception of those shell servers that do not properly remount.  It takes about an hour to check them all.

Dos on Name Servers

     Whoever launched this attack was forging IP addresses inside our network.  I’ve added a firewall rule blocking inside addresses from originating on the external router interface.  This should prevent this type of attack in the future.

Name Server – Denial of Service Attacks

     We’ve got a denial of service attack aimed at our name servers right now.  It has actually been going on for more than 24 hours.

     The server being hit the hardest is, therefore you may wish to use one of the others,,, and as your first choice for a while.

     I am endeavoring to determine all the sources the attack is originating from and block them however there are many so this may take a while.

Ubuntu gcc 8.1

     While gcc 7.3 is the default on Ubuntu, gcc 8.1 is available.  To use 8.1 put the following in your .bashrc file or otherwise set the variable CC = gcc-8: 

     export CC=”gcc-8″

     This will cause gcc-8 to automatically be used by most compile scripts.

     There are those who say 8.1 is still experimental, this may be but I compiled apache with it and it has been running stable for months.  Apache is a pretty good compiler stress test.

     The code that gcc-8 generates is significantly smaller and faster than gcc 7.3 which is the default.

     At present this is available on only.

x2go xfce

     With the exception of which is an old Sparc box with 64MB running SunOS 4.1.4, I checked all shell servers to make sure x2go and the xfce Desktop were working properly.

     I found several machines where x2go was not going full screen because of the wrong version of xrandr and corrected those.  They were Fedora, Scientific7, and OpenSuse.

     I found several machines with broken installations of xfce and corrected those, these were centos7, debian, and mxlinux.

NFS Changes

     I received an e-mail asking why Ubuntu was mounting NFS file systems with version 4.0 instead of 4.1, I responded I did not know and would need to research it.

     What I found was that actually version 4.2 is supported by most modern systems, and according to the manual the NFS client is supposed to negotiate the highest version mutually supported by the client and server but for some reason it will not do this.

     I found that if I added vers=4.2 to the mount options on machines which support it (the old centos6 machine does not with the stock kernel and is using 4.1 instead), then when the machine boots it will use that version.  This should not be necessary if things worked as documented but that is not the case.  Performance of version 4.2 is significantly better so changing this substantially improved the web server performance because it accesses it’s content via NFS.


Machine Checks Completed

  • failed to remount /mail properly.
  • failed to remount /mail properly.
  • failed to remount /home and /mail properly.
  • failed to remount /home, /mail, and /misc properly.
  • failed to remount /mail.

     All have been fixed.

Reboots Completed

     Reboots have been completed.  Often after a reboot of all servers there will be a handful that do not properly remount NFS partitions or bind to NIS servers properly.  Checking for these issues presently is a manual operation.  I am checking the machines for these issues now, otherwise things should be basically operational.