VPS Benchmarks update: Amazon EC2 and Lightsail, Azure, Contabo, DigitalOcean, Google, Hostworld, Linode, OVH, UpCloud, VPSServer, VPS.net, Vultr

This is an update to the original 2020 benchmarks post with a new Provider Contabo (the only slight difference is that this provider is based in Postsmouth in the UK, everyone else on the list has a London presence) and also DigitalOcean’s new option for Premium processor and storage, which… Continue reading

Install/Update OSSIM/OSSEC agent (AlmaLinux 8.6 or CentOS)

This is an update to the previous CentOS installation of OSSEC 3.6 ( here https://cheesefather.com/2020/06/install-ossim-ossec-agent-centos-7/), updating it to 3.7. You need one more library installed before OSSEC can update: dnf -y install systemd-develwget https://github.com/ossec/ossec-hids/archive/3.7.0.tar.gztar xzf 3.7.0.tar.gzcd ossec-hids-3.7.0/./install.sh Or to install from scratch, just change the first command and add the… Continue reading

VPS Benchmarks: Amazon EC2 and Lightsail, Azure, DigitalOcean, Google, Hostworld, Linode, OVH, UpCloud, VPSServer, VPS.net, Vultr

I recently needed to have a look at moving some services to a different VPS provider for redundancy so I decided to benchmark my options to compare them. The plan selected was whichever had 16GB of RAM (though Google is 15GB). The selected datacenter was always London (Azure only says… Continue reading

Install OSSIM/OSSEC agent (CentOS 7)

I couldn’t find proper instructions on doing this anywhere so here are mine: In your OSSIM portal go to Environment -> Assets & Groups -> Add Assets and enter the name/IP of the asset you want to add. On the agent run: yum -y install libevent-devel pcre2-devel openssl-develwget https://github.com/ossec/ossec-hids/archive/3.6.0.tar.gztar xzf… Continue reading

CentOS 7 Apache with PHP 7.1 and FCGId

Right, installing PHP 7.1 is simple, just get the Webtatic repo and install it # rpm -Uvh https://mirror.webtatic.com/yum/el7/webtatic-release.rpm # yum install -y mod_php71w php71w-cli php71w-common php71w-gd php71w-mbstring php71w-mcrypt php71w-mysqlnd php71w-xml php71w-opcache If you want to use FCGId instead of mod_php install and configure FPM and mod_fcgid (make sure you remove… Continue reading

PHPMailer NTLM (MS Exchange) SMTP authentication

PHPmailer does not work with NTLM authentication and insists on using mhash() which is deprecated – so you need to edit the file in /extras called ntlm_sasl_client.php Find the code that checks if mhash() is installed and replace the 3 mhashes with hash instead: || !function_exists($function = “mhash”) ) {… Continue reading