Tonight's meeting will be an "open forum" as we have no presentations scheduled. There is always something new to talk about and we will also be discussing possible meeting topics and presenters for future meetings. If you have something that you would like to bring to the meeting, either to show or get help on from the group, feel free to do so.
Another good meeting with 14 present. As planned, Founder Clint Tinsley, presented on SELinux. Delivering from prepared slides and demo scripts, Clint spent 90 minutes "demystifying SELinux" in the words of one of those present. What follows here is the outline from his slides and includes the demonstration scripts.
Major Distributions support it!
In kernel since 2002
Fedora since Core 2 (2004)
RHEL since version 4 (2005)
Debian since Etch (2007)
Ubuntu since Hardy Heron 8.04 (2008)
What is SELinux?
Tonight's meeting focused on the current status of Plasma 5 as presented by member Darin S. Darin had installed the Neon Developer Edition from neon.kde.org which represents the latest and greatest in Plasma 5. Neon is built on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS foundation.
It was a very interesting presentation as Darin navigated about Plasma and Plasma Wayland. Wayland is a replacement for the underlying Xwindows server which provides support for high DPI monitors, such as teh ones being found on new laptops (greater than 1920).
Tonight's meeting was "open forum" as we had no presentations scheduled. Clint opened the meeting with an update on the new release of Ubuntu 16.04 (April 21st). He has a number of machines where updated automatically from 15.10 to 16.04.
Another good meeting with 13 in attendance but we need to work on that, getting more out to the meeting that would be in all fairness to those who take the time to put together their presentations in preparation for the meeting. Tonight, we meet in a new location and that may have had an impact on attendance. We are now meeting at CWI, across the street from TAOS. Again a heartfelt thanks to our friends at TAOS that host our meetings and makes sure nobody goes home with an ample supply of pizza, cookies, and soda.
At tonight's meeting, we continued to focus on Penetration testing. Clint had prepared an extensive Impress slide presentation on installing and building media based on Kali Linux as well as the tools followed by outlining the penetration testing process of gathering information, vulnerably scanning, and finally testing actual vulnerability using various tools on Kali Linux including nmap, openVAS, Armitage and metaspoit. Clint demonstrated all this using two laptops, VirtualBox, and a private network consisting of router and an internet connection for displaying websites.
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We had a phenomenal turnout at our meeting on February with 20 in attendance with several new attendees and we filled the room at Steven-Henager College. Our topic for tonight was Penetration Testing using OpenVAS, the Open Vulnerability Assessment System, which is a framework of several services and tools offering a comprehensive and powerful vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution. Mic of Taos was our presenter. Before I start with the actual meeting report, a great thank you to Steven-Henager College for providing our meeting space and Taos of Boise for providing
Our January meeting was lightly attended, most likely due to the cold winter weather. We had 12 in Attendance. Steven-Henager College moved us to very nice room on the third floor; Taos provided pizza, cookies and soda for the evening and our thanks go to Taos as our meeting host.
At our meeting of December 15th, we were joined by an IT class at Steven Henager, all the seats in the room were filled! And we had plenty of Pizza to go around, with thanks to our host Taos. Clint Tinsley was to start off the meeting with some very basic command line techniques including command line navigation and keyboard shortcuts but the addition of students from Steven Henager, he started off with a tour of the basic desktop based on Mate, a classic desktop based on Gnome2.