Upgrading Ubuntu from 17.04 to 17.10

In June of 2017 I upgraded my Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) LTS install to Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus). In October of 2017 Ubuntu released 17.10. (Artful Aardvark). I had not needed to upgrade my Ubuntu 17.04 installation for a while, but I felt it was best to keep it up-to-date. I was also experiencing issues with it from day-to-day. I decided an upgrade might work to fix some of the issues I was having.

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Checking Disks in Linux

To provide a little background: a few months back I accidentally washed a 32 GB flash drive. I waited a few weeks for it to completely dry out and then did not use it for almost four months. I formatted it recently in Windows and it did not seem to exhibit any issues, but I wanted to know with more assurance that it was reliable. Continue reading Checking Disks in Linux

How to Upgrade Ubuntu Distribution Versions in 5 Simple Steps

A few days ago I was attempting to install the OpenSCAP security compliance evaluation tool on a system I had running Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) LTS. The base package of OpenSCAP was in my distribution’s repositories and I was able to easily install it. But, it turns out the SCAP Workbench package, which I also really wanted, was only available in Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus). My choices were to attempt to build from source with directions for Fedora or upgrade my current Ubuntu distribution to 17.04. Continue reading How to Upgrade Ubuntu Distribution Versions in 5 Simple Steps

How to Install VirtualBox Guest Additions in Security Onion 14.05

After having to piece together a VirtualBox Guest Addition installation method from some old articles, I decided to put together one for Security Onion 14.05.

Once you have Security Onion 14.05 installed and running, start the Terminal Emulator and walk through the following commands, one-by-one:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo shutdown -r now

After the reboots, launch the Terminal Emulator and run the following commands:

sudo apt-get install build-essential module-assistant dkms
sudo add-apt-repository universe
sudo apt update
sudo m-a prepare

In the virtual machine window, select Devices > Insert Guest Additions CD image

cd /media/%username%/VBOXADDITIONS (tab complete)
sudo ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
sudo shutdown -r now

After the reboot, the VirtualBox Guest Additions should be installed and all features should be available.

As a last step, select Devices > Optical Drives > Remove disk from virtual drive…