htaccess if the host matches

It is a hassle to have different configurations in development and production. Often it is required to protect the new webpage with user and password. Publishing that config on production on the other hand would be fatal.
With Apache 2.4 that is pretty easy done

<If "%{HTTP_HOST} == ''">
    AuthType basic
    AuthName "private"
    AuthUserFile /home/example/.htpasswd
    Require valid-user

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Fun with windows subsystem for linux Part 3

Now there Debian available over the Microsoft Store on Windows 10. Very small RAM usage, much better than the ubuntu version.

Open PowerShell as Administrator and run:

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

Then Open the Microsoft Store and search for debian.

The File are now in C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Packages\TheDebianProject.DebianGNULinux_*

I wonder why it is no longer in C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\lxss\

For having correct displayed german characters I had to change the console

sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales
sudo apt install console-setup
sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup

MariaDB Case Sensitive Table names on Windows

I had an issue while migrating (My)SQL data back and forth from Linux and Windows. When ever I made come changes on my local windows dev system and tried to apply the changes to the production system the SQL statement failed. Later I noticed that the table names on Windows were no matter what I tried in lower case. The MariaDB docs told me that the table names on Windows where always lower case and case insensitive. What a bummer.

Searching I foundlower_case_table_names in the docs. With the values 0,1 and 2.

0 (Unix) = table names and aliases and database names are compared in a case-sensitive manner.
1 (Windows) = names are stored in lowercase and not compared in a case-sensitive manner.
2 (Mac OS X) = names are stored as declared, but compared in lowercase.

I tried 0 and got

[ERROR] The server option 'lower_case_table_names' is configured to use case sensitive table names but the data directory resides on a case-insensitive file system. Please use a case sensitive file system for your data directory or switch to a case-insensitive table name mode.
[ERROR] Aborting

But setting it to 2 works. No longer problems

datadir=C:/Program Files/MariaDB 10.2/data
performance_schema = ON
lower_case_table_names = 2
plugin-dir=C:/Program Files/MariaDB 10.2/lib/plugin

I wonder cause in the old days of using MySQL it never was a problem.

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http/2.0 sslciphersuites with 256 bit alias crypto wars part six meeting HIPPA

The chosen SSL Config was very good! But for I client I had to meet the specs from PCI DSS[1], HIPAA[2] and NIST[3].
The server already was PCI DSS ready. However since there are medical data it had to meet HIPAA too.

It turned out that HIPAA does not allow the nice CHACHA20-POLY1305 ciphers and I had to enable SSLStaplingCache that I turned of when I used StartSSL Certs cause of the timeout / outage from the response server from start ssl.

<If "%{SERVER_PORT} == '443'">
    <IfModule mod_headers.c>
        Header always set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=15553000; preload"
SSLUseStapling On
SSLSessionCache shmcb:/opt/apache2/logs/ssl_gcache_data(512000)
SSLStaplingCache shmcb:/opt/apache2/logs/ssl_stapling_data(512000)
SSLOptions +StrictRequire +StdEnvVars -ExportCertData
SSLProtocol -all +TLSv1.1 +TLSv1.2
SSLCompression Off
SSLHonorCipherOrder On

SSLOpenSSLConfCmd ECDHParameters secp384r1
SSLOpenSSLConfCmd Curves sect571r1:sect571k1:secp521r1:sect409k1:sect409r1:secp384r1:sect283k1:sect283r1:secp256k1:prime256v1

H2Direct On

I still get an A+ on ssllabs plus all green lights on htbridge ssl test.

[1] Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
[2] Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
[3] National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Access Controller for Apache 2.2 and 2.4 in one. Migrate httpd Apache config

Even though Apache 2.4 is available for a long time. Switching config might be easy on the config files itself. But inside code it can be harder, since that code might has to work on both versions. Developers often use .htaccess files. That is not recommended for performance, but a quick easy way for testing and development.
One solution is to use a .htaccess file that supports both versions.

<IfVersion < 2.4>
    order allow,deny
    deny from all
<IfVersion >= 2.4>
    Require all denied

http/2.0 sslciphersuites with 256 bit alias crypto wars part five A+ at SSL Test

At Qualys SLL Test labs tests I never had 100% for Key Exchange. Even adding a 4096 Diffie Hellman key did not do the trick.

Now I found adding

SSLOpenSSLConfCmd ECDHParameters secp384r1

to the config from Part 4 does the trick!

Now I can have all your bars on Qualys SSL Test at 100% without having an insane config no client can connect to.

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rm -rf argument list too long

Well to often here is this the error message rm -rf argument list too long cause there are too many file in the directory. With the help of a little script those files can be deleted.

for FILE in `ls`
rm $FILE

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Office 365 get users last password change

This requires admin access to Azure / Office 365

Import-Module MSOnline

$login = Get-Credential
Connect-MsolService -Credential $login

Get-MSOLUser -All | Select DisplayName, UserPrincipalName, LastPasswordChangeTimestamp, PasswordNeverExpires | Sort-Object LastPasswordChangeTimestamp

Note You must have the PowerShell Azure Active Directory (MSOL) Cmdlets installed for this script to work.  You can download them here:

Fun with windows subsystem for linux Part 2

After upgrading Windows with the creators update I was able to do a sudo do-release-upgrade Now running xenial on windows subsystem for linux. Microsoft has improved a lot of things on bash on ubuntu on windows. I am now able to run PHP-cgi over mod_fcgid.

Maybe I should do a benchmarking to see how apache is performing compared to plain / native windows apache binaries.

Fun with windows subsystem for linux

After the install and the required reboot I was able to start bash. At first I was confused where to find the files from the home directory. It isn’t the one from windows itself.
Well I found it in AppData\Local\lxss . So each user has his / her own files.

Since I was able to find most stuff I wanted to know if I am able to compile httpd apache on it. I cloned and the build went smooth.
But apache didn’t start. Adding AcceptFilter http none and AcceptFilter https none helped. To get rid of the first error messages. But still apache wasn’t starting. Got the following error message.

[Tue Jan 24 22:31:33.590385 2017] [fcgid:emerg] [pid 1289:tid 140034843477824] (38)Function not implemented: mod_fcgid: Can't create shared memory for size 1200712 bytes

Okay, I disabled mod_fcgid and apache starts with /opt/apache2/bin/httpd -k start . Even running C:\Windows\System32\bash.exe ~ as Adminstrator did not solve to run fcgid.
I have to find out how to run mod_fcgid. I like to run PHP over fcgid.

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