DHCP: What’s behind the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

If you’re connected to an internet router and power on your computer, it automatically obtains the necessary network parameters, such as the IP address, subnet mask, or DNS server. This is made possible by the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), which simplifies address assignment when connecting to the internet and makes setting up local networks easy as pie.

MPLS: What’s behind the network technology

Speed and reliability play an important role for data transfer in networks. They reflect the quality of the connection, which is why providers do everything they can to guarantee the agreed services. A method primarily used in virtual private networks is the so-called multiprotocol label switching (MPLS).

The right configuration to secure your server

If you operate or rent your own server, it is your responsibility to protect it against failures and external access. You can immediately begin to set the foundation for this when configuring the server, if you have the necessary administrative rights. The correct settings can work wonders, especially with encrypted remote connections via SSH protocol, and greatly increase security.

HTTPoxy: Threatening the security of CGI applications

Fifteen years after the discovery of the security flaw HTTPoxy, it’s still an issue with CGI applications. The reason for this is the fact that the Common Gateway Interface standard provides the use of environment variables to process HTTP requests. These can include header contents that modify the original proxy configuration, allowing hackers to redirect data packets to a completely foreign...

Neighbour Discovery Protocol (NDP) – what is it?

Network configurations today are done quickly. For those who do not rely on their own fixed settings for routers, computers, and more, the Internet Protocol family provides the appropriate set of automatic mechanisms to determine critical parameters, such as the default gateway, IP address, and MAC address.

Dynamic DNS (DynDNS): making remote control easier

Being able to access your home computer from another location is no longer a complicated matter thanks to remote connection. It is handy to be able to use your computer from the office and swap files. But IP addresses change often and this throws a spanner in the works. DynDNS (DDNS) services are the solution. In this article, we explain what these are and how you can access your computer via the...

What is CentOS?

Finding a suitable operating system that meets your own requirements is usually not very difficult in the private sector. Most of the time, it’s just down to personal taste whether you favour Windows, macOS, or Linux. The search for a system solution for enterprise and server environments is far more difficult and complex. When selecting, factors such as long-term support, security, and cost play...

WLAN security: how to make your wireless network into a fortress

When you’re travelling with portable devices, you’ll find public WLAN everywhere, giving you access to the world wide web. Even in residential and work spaces, practical wireless networking is widespread. It’s easy to forget that there’s a risk involved when transferring data using one of these access points. In the following article, we explain the biggest security risks and show you how to make...

Debian: what does this Linux kernel offer?

Anyone looking to learn about Linux operating systems will come across Debian soon enough. The GNU/Linux distribution was one of the first of its kind and is still one of the most widely used today. Over 1,000 community members work on the Debian project, furthering the development of the collection. But how did Debian become so successful? And what makes this system software so interesting to...

IP Spoofing: Simple manipulation of data packets by attackers

Sending data over networks is one of the most important and highest utilised functions of the modern computer era. But the structure of the necessary TCP/IP connections makes it all too easy for criminals to intercept data packets along their way and either view or alter their contents. One of the most common methods of attack is IP spoofing, which allows DoS and DDoS attacks, among other things...