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Where are your administrative interfaces, and how are they protected?

One of the many things that keeps me awake at night:For each {application|platform|database|technology} where are the administrative interfaces located, and how are they protected?I've run into administrative interface SNAFU's on both FOSS and purchased software. A common problem is applications that present an interface that allows access to application configuration and administration via the same ports and protocols as the application user interface. A good example is Twitter,  where hacker-useful support tools were exposed to the Internet with ordinary authentication.In the case of the Pennsylvania school spy cam caper, the 'administrative interface' that the school placed on the laptops apparently is relatively easy to exploit, and because they sent the students home with the district laptops, the interface is/was exploitable from the Internet. Years ago one of our applications came with a vendor provided Tomcat install configured with the Tomcat management interf…

IPv6 Tunnels & Solaris

Following Dan Anderson’s instructions here I set up an IPv6 tunnel and put my home network on IPv6. It was surprisingly easy. I have an OpenSolaris server acting as the tunnel end point and IPv6 router, with IPv6 tunneled to Hurricane Electric, and didn’t spend much more than an hour doing it.Following Dan’s instructions, I:Signed up at Hurricane Electrics tunnel broker service, requested a /64 & created a tunnel Configured my OpenSolaris server as a tunnel end point Configured Solaris’s IPv6 Neighbor Discovery Protocol (NDP) service & reloaded itPointed my devices at HE’s DNS’s‘Bounced’ the wireless adapters on my various notebooks, netbooks and Mac’s I didn’t have to reboot anything – and better yet – when I did reboot the various devices, IPv6 still worked. I’m not sure why I needed to use HE’s name servers, but things started working a lot better when I did, and their name servers seem to work as good as anyone’s.I think I got lucky – my DLINK DIR-655 home router/access po…