Episode 605 – Three VPN Servers and a Kindle Console
This week Shannon taps into a hidden Kindle serial port using a inty bitsy ribbon cable, a USB to Serial TTL cable and some jumpers in an attempt to hack root and finds herself upon the bootloader and nearly at a bash prompt. Darren guides you through the installation of VPN servers on Windows XP, Windows Server and Linux so you can keep your traffic secure in an encrypted tunnel while on untrusted networks.
Hacking into the Kindle Bootloader Part 1
This week, I’m introducing the bootloader Kindle 1st gen hack.
Igor Skochinsky explains how to hack into the bootloader of the Kindle very nicely on his blog, Reverse Everything. He includes screenshots, photos, and descriptions of everything you need to know to do this hack.
If you have any questions, you can email me at [email protected]!
Windows VPN Servers
In this segment I demonstrate setting up a VPN server in Windows XP which is rather limited at 1 concurrent connection. I also demonstrate building a Routing and Remote Access VPN server in Windows Server 2003.
Open Source VPN Server
I’m a big fan of open source. I’m also an overwhelmed systems administrator that likes easy. And when it comes to VPNs in Linux, OpenVPN is the go to solution. That’s why I’m excited about OpenVPN Access Server — an set of installation and configuration tools that simplifies rapid deployment of a VPN solution.
In this segment I demonstrate setting up this nifty, lightweight and powerful server in a typical home user scenario. I also speak to the fact that it can integrate with Active Directory via LDAP or even a RADIUS server for authentication. The web based backend makes administration a breeze and the web frontend makes client setup even easier. All the clients have to do is login to a website and download a prepackaged and configured connection app for Windows, Mac or Linux.
This package makes it incredibly easy to deploy a VPN server. But it comes at a cost. OpenVPN-AS requires a license key for each concurrent connection. Two are provided for free and additional licenses are $10 ea. Still a far cry from a windows Client Access License!
In future segments we’ll be getting our hands dirty with OpenVPN standard as well as some other interesting VPN technologies so be sure to send your feedback, requests and flames to [email protected]