Information Security

pfSense IPSec Road Warrior OSX Client And Configuration

If you are not hip to pfSense I suggest you check it out. It is an open source firewall that is making waves in InfoSec. The pfSense guys have a great howto for configuring IPSec VPN on the pfSense firewall as well as making connections via a freeware Windows IPSec VPN client called Shrew Soft which can be read by clicking here. The only item lacking in the article is a recommendation for a Mac OSX client as well as configuration tips for a Mac OSX client which is the sole point of this article. Below is information about where to download a freeware Mac OSX IPSec VPN client and then the necessary configuration to make a connection to the suggested settings noted in the howto of the pfSense web site.

Technology Errors

Windows Defender: This operation returned because the timeout period expired. (Error Code: 0x800705b4)

I recently received a new Dell laptop that has Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit as the operating system. A friend and I were discussing virus protection software as well as spyware protection software and how Windows 7 handles each. I am a big fan of Windows Defender so I was looking at the configuration on my Windows 7 computer and realized that the Windows Defender service was not starting. I hadn’t even realized this because I typically turn off the Virus, Spyware, and Firewall messaging that Windows complains about if you don’t have each installed the way the OS wants. So needless to say I was surprised that Windows Defender was stopped. It took me awhile to finally figure out how to resolve and I came across a bunch of issues that others may have so below I describe the error, steps I took to resolve, and final resolution.

Technology Errors

phpMyAdmin: Script timeout passed, if you want to finish import, please resubmit same file and import will resume.

When attempting to import a gzip sql file into MySQL via phpMyAdmin I continued to get the error below. There are a couple ways to get around this issue which depend on if you have access to the server or not. Below I will describe two ways to resolve the error if you have access to the server and two ways to resolve the issue if you do not have access to the server.

Error: Script timeout passed, if you want to finish import, please resubmit same file and import will resume.