For users of screen readers, depending on the screen
resolution, the two checkboxes are for opening and closing the side menus that
appear to the left and right side of the screen. This is designed both for large screens
and for mobile devices with a touch screen. Checking either the main menu or sidebar checkboxes causes
the menu to open from the left or right side of the screen, respectively. Clearing
the checkox in either the main menu or sidebar closes the menu. The checkboxes are
visible to screen readers such as JAWS and NVDA for Windows, Voiceover for Mac,
and Orca screen reader for Linux. When a screen reader says "clickable" for both
main menu and sidebar, that is for the respective checkboxes. End of explaination.
In part 1 of the article, I have covered how to create and configure virtual machines and install both VyOS and pfSense. In part 2 of this article, I’m going to cover how to configure pfSense with OSPF networking. Let’s get going, shall we?
This is part 1 of 2 of configuring multiple networks that can communicate with each other through OSPF.
How much do you know computer networking? Do you know how subnetting works? What about IP addresses? Do you know how routers and switches work? Do you have a homelab and do you know what a homelab is? If you answer yes to all of the questions and you want to expand your knowledge of networking, this article is for you. Yes, I’m targeting audience that have a good knowledge in networking. This is even for those with lack of certificates such as CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+, and even for those without a degree! Well, why don’t we delve right into it, shall we? If you are Network+ certified, you must know that OSPF is a dynamic link-state protocol that allows the two or more private networks to talk to each other. If you have a consumer router such as Netgear or Linksys, this article is only for the pros!
Also, my article covers the use of virtual machines and networking bridging, so I’m going to assume you know how to set them up. I’m using Ubuntu Server 20.10 as my Linux home server that runs KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine). Virtual machines are what enables a computer to run inside a computer and network bridging behaves similar to a network switch. And because of that, I’m also going to assume you are familiar with the Linux command line.
Now buckle your seatbelt because this article is going to be a very long one.
About my website that I built with a custom CMS, I focused in the paradigm called Model-View-Controller, or MVC for short. I will get into more detail at a later time as I want to keep my blog article short. However, I can show you the images for those who have eyesight.
I designed my administration panel in such a way that without a client certificate, I cannot login for security reasons. Plus, no one can log into my administration panel within my production website, but because I switched to ClassicPress, anyone with my username and password can or else do a brute-force attack against my website’s admin dashboard. And plus, remember when I mentioned that I can’t separate the ClassicPress Admin Dashboard from my website? That’s one of the compromises I have to make. Plus, I would also lose my ability to associate tags with one or more categories. I also can’t trust the security of underlying code that makes a connection to the database. I will have to update ClassicPress to ensure the vulnerabilities have been patched.
Custom CMS: Built With Security In Mind
I’m not going to show code or anything; however, I want to tell you the details regarding how I wrote my own CMS with security in mind. First, no website is secure, so there will always be vulnerabilities, including vulnerabilities in a web server. I do a lot of abstraction between PHP code and the database server. To do that, I make use of prepared statements in PHP that separates data (“testing123”) from the query (“‘; DROP myTable;–“). In the database side, I use stored procedures that execute a sequence of commands needed to perform tasks within the database server. Inside a stored procedure, I wrote a prepared statement, pass along values, and execute the command. In other words, I can put “CALL spShowBlogPosts” inside the PHP’s prepare() function, pass in the values as parameters, and call execute() in PHP. And the database server will do the rest and even return the result back to the PHP application! If you are interested, have a read about stored procedures.
And what about something like this for Twitter in ClassicPress that I used in my custom CMS? I have created fields for description and thumbnail in the database.
The functions in PHP are quite similar to WordPress/ClassicPress’s functions such as is_single(), is_category(), etc. I even have a boolean variable for checking if the image for the thumbnail will be shown in Twitter. Maybe I might check out some Twitter plugins but I won’t install it unless it is absolutely necessary.
Why ClassicPress? Why not WordPress?
With new unwanted features comes new security vulnerabilities. Even though it’s important to keep WordPress up-to-date, that “up-to-date” means new features that I have no plans on using it. That’s why I’m happy that the developers of ClassicPress are taking a “security-first approach.” Plus, I applaud the ClassicPress team for keeping bloat minimal by removing features and plugins that I don’t care to use as part of my website. If you are interested, you can read the roadmap for ClassicPress 1 and 2. ClassicPress 2 is still in development and I’m very optimistic about what the ClassicPress 2 will bring. Hopefully I won’t have to modify the PHP code for my custom theme, but if I have to, I would hope the changes will be minimal.
As for enabling comments, you can @ me in Twitter. My Twitter handle is @graysonpeddie. I won’t enable comments unless I want comment spam in my website (and seriously, I don’t). I might enable comments in articles if I get a lot of traffic. But hey, thanks for checking out my website. Hopefully I won’t abandon my website just because I don’t have the time to write PHP code for synchronizing my development database with my production database. Writing PHP code is hard! 🙂
Hello! My name is Grayson Peddie and this is my first time writing my blog from scratch instead of using WordPress. I was born in Panama City and raised in Tallahassee, Florida throughout my entire life. I am CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certified and I love to get into career in Information Technology. I want to get my feet wet in a little bit of cybersecurity and a lot of network engineering. Not only that, I would also like to setup a homelab with a couple of servers for running OpenStack.
Let’s talk about my hobbies. So what do I do for a living? I listen to music, play games, and watch YouTube videos. I even administer my own network and program my home automation system using Home Assistant. Specifically, Home Assistant Core, although I do have a tendency to refer “Home Assistant Core” as “Home Assistant” because I’ve been a user for about 4 years as of Home Assistant 0.17 and the latest version is 0.108.
So what music do I listen to? Because I’m an adventure type, I like to listen to new age and Celtic music from around the world. (“Celtic” is pronounced “keltic” but with a “c.”) I listen to music from David Arkenstone, Yanni, Cusco, Kitaro, Loreena McKennitt, Clannad, Enya, and so many artists that I could list, but could get rather long. Plus, I like to listen to smooth jazz, symphony orchestra, 40s instrumental jazz, and even 60s, 70s, 80s, and early 90s. Most of the time, I listen to instrumental music. Unlike vocals, musical instruments speak their own language.