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Cleaning my follow list using “jacanaoesta”

Last year we saw the rise of the Fediverse. Mostly because of a series of external events, that ended up pushing many people to try other alternatives to their centralized platform of choice. Mastodon was clearly the software component that got most attention and has been under the spotlight in the last few months. It […]

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Software Development

Secure PostgreSQL connections on your Django project

Last week, an article was published with some interesting numbers about the security of PostgreSQL servers publicly exposed to the internet (You can find it here). But more than the numbers, what really caught my attention was the fact that most clients and libraries used to access and interact with the databases have insecure defaults: […]

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Technology and Internet

Preparing for Hacktoberfest

It already starts tomorrow… the next edition of “Hacktoberfest”. For those who don’t know, it basically is an initiative that incentivizes participants to contribute to open-source software. During the month of October, those who do 4 contributions or more, can either receive a t-shirt or opt for a tree to be planted in their name. […]

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Personal Python

Shutting Down Webhook-logger

A few years ago I built a small application to test Django’s websocket support through django-channels. It basically displayed on a web page in real time all the requests made to a given endpoint (you could generate multiple of them) without storing anything. It was fun and it was very useful to quickly debug stuff […]

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Security Technology and Internet

Controlling the access to the clipboard contents

In a previous blog post published earlier this year I explored some security considerations of the well known “clipboard” functionality that most operating systems provide. Long story short, in my opinion there is a lot more that could be done to protect the users (and their sensitive data) from many attacks that use of clipboard […]

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Python

Django Friday Tips: Less known builtin commands

Django management commands can be very helpful while developing your application or website, we are very used to runserver, makemigrations, migrate, shell and others. Third party packages often provide extra commands and you can easily add new commands to your own apps. Today lets take a look at some less known and yet very useful […]

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Security

Inlineshashes: a new tool to help you build your CSP

Content-Security-Policy (CSP) is an important mechanism in today’s web security arsenal. Is a way of defending against Cross-Site Scripting and other attacks. It isn’t hard to get started with or to put in place in order to secure your website or web application (I did that exercise in a previous post). However when the systems […]

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Python

Django Friday Tips: Admin Docs

While the admin is a well known and very useful app for your projects, Django also includes another admin package that isn’t as popular (at least I never seen it being heavily used) but that can also be quite handy. I’m talking about the admindocs app. What it does is to provide documentation for the […]

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Security Technology and Internet

Who keeps an eye on clipboard access?

If there is any feature that “universally” describes the usage of computers, it is the copy/paste pattern. We are used to it, practically all the common graphical user interfaces have support for it, and it magically works. We copy some information from one application and paste into another, and another… How does these applications have […]

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Python Software Development

Django Friday Tips: Deal with login brute-force attacks

In the final tips post of the year, lets address a solution to a problem that most websites face once they have been online for a while. If you have a back-office or the concept of user accounts, soon you will face the security problem of attackers trying to hack into these private zones of […]