Unigroup's November 2014 Meeting Announcements


Security Vulnerability Hot Topics (eg. Shellshock/Poodle)
Debian Linux Mail Server Topics (Email, WebMail, Encrypted FS, etc)

Security Topics: Robert Weiner from Programming Plus and Unigroup of NY, Inc.,
Debian Topics: Chris Knadle

Thursday, 20-NOV-2014      (** Regular 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
Foundation Building   (*** Historic Landmark ***)
7 East 7th Street    (*** SPECIAL LOCATION ** 3rd Avenue @ 7th Street ** Across the Street from Engineering)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: 215_FB   (FOUNDATION BUILDING 2nd Floor, Note: Room Changes Month-to-Month)
** Please RSVP **

6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Please see the Fee Schedule below.


Unigroup's November 2014 meeting has a topic change. Our speaker had to postpone our planned talk on The Open Compute Project, and that talk will be re-scheduled in 2015.

Note: Our November meeting is scheduled to be in the OTHER building, Cooper Union's original Landmark Foundation Building situated _on_ Cooper Square, across from Cooper's Engineering Building where we normally meet. (We've met there previously.)

For Part 1 of the meeting, we will discuss various important Computer Security Vulnerability current events, including the serious security bugs that have materialized in recent months, such as the ShellShock Vulnerability which affects BASH and other shells (including Unix ksh) and the Heartbleed+Poodle Vulnerabilities affecting SSL (and everything using SSL including: SSH, VPNs, HTTPS, SSH, etc).

**If you have researched and/or worked on these or similar Vulnerabilities please let us know, and please participate at our meeting! Also, if you do not think you have been affected by one of these, check your public server logs and think again, attacks and probes have been wide-spread.

For Part 2 of the meeting, an informal discussion on various Debian Linux Mail Server topics is planned, covering issues including: Email Server, Email Lists, WebMail, Automatic Email Categorization, Storing on Encrypted Volumes, etc.

New for 2013+: Regarding credit card payment methods, Unigroup now has the ability to accept all major credit cards: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa, Discover.


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      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      Foundation Building
      7 East 7th Street on Cooper Square (*** SPECIAL LOCATION *** 3rd Avenue @ 7th Street)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month)

   Located on Cooper Square.  Look for the Historic Landmark
   Building.  Entrance is on Cooper Square, facing south.

   Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
   Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
     directions to the Unigroup Meeting Room.

   Nearest mass transit stations are:
     '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
                   then walk 1 block East and 1 block South.
     'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
                   then 1 block South.
     '4/5/N/Q'     to Union Square, then walk South and East.
                   or transfer to the downtown '6' to Astor Place.
     'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.
                   or transfer to the uptown '6' to Astor Place.

   Free street parking in the area becomes available at 6pm.

   There are parking lots on Broadway, at (or just South of) 8th
   Street, across from the West side of Cooper Square, as well
   as various others in the area.


  Security Vulnerability Hot Topics (eg. Shellshock/Poodle)
  Debian Linux Mail Server Topics (Email, WebMail, Encrypted FS, etc)

Introduction & Description of Talk:

For Part 1 of the meeting, we will discuss various important Computer Security Vulnerability current events topics that have been in the news in recent weeks, including the recently published major Shellshock BASH and SSL Poodle security bugs.

If you will be attending Unigroup and have worked on some of the recently announced security vulnerabilities, please bring some notes with you to the meeting, we'd like to share experiences.

For Part 2 of the meeting, an informal discussion on various Debian Linux Mail Server topics is planned, covering issues including: Email Server, Email Lists, WebMail, Automatic Email Categorization, Storing on Encrypted Volumes, etc.

Presentation Outline:

References & Web Resources:



Security Topics: Robert Weiner.

Debian Topics: Chris Knadle.





Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR/Pearson, and O'Reilly have been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. The publishers always ask that the persons receiving the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

Unigroup would like to thank both publishing companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.


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Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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