Learn How to Control Consul Resources Using ACL

When we talk about service mesh, consul is one of the open-source tools which is widely used as a service discovery for multiple ephemeral or non-ephemeral resources. There are multiple consuls [service mesh] alternatives which are used as a service discovery but we won’t be discussing service discovery & alternative comparisons here.

If we talk about consul, it is not only used as a service mesh but also provides multiple options and features other than a service mesh. Yes, you heard it right, this lad can do lots of things that we didn’t know or haven’t explored yet.

Let’s talk about some of the options or features provided by the consul and further, we will discuss some of the aspects and impact of things provided by the consul.

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JQ – The JSON Processor

Tired of filtering semi-structured data from command output? What if I tell you can easily filter from structured or unstructured document data. Yes, you heard it right, we are talking about JSON [JavaScript Object Notation]. JSON is a text-based data format programming language that is used to serialize and transmitting structured or unstructured data or we can say semi-structured data over a network connection.

But Why Json ?

We generally think JSON means data provided general output from any API. But, if we talk about any technology, JSON is a very common programming language or we can say format, which is used as the output format of any resource. While using DevOps tools like Docker, Ansible, or any other tool, we generally get the output in JSON format when we use any output command like Docker inspect or Ansible facts gather.

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OpenVPN – A Custom Iptables journey

During this lockdown period, people are usually working from home which means they all are contributing to work by staying at home. So, if someone wants to work on something online, such as on a particular private or public server of a company, depending on the scenario, will need a network route to that server.

makes sense?

Meaning, they first need access to that particular server either via a public network or using VPN. These things have their own set of complexities. Therefore, we will discuss a few aspects of network access & their drawbacks:

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That’s Why Iptable Is Not A Good Fit For Domain Name?

Context

Let’s first talk about how it all started with and what we achieved.

It’s all started with a healthy discussion with a team where our team members were discussing many aspects of different fields of technology. So, one of our colleagues mentioned OpenVPN. So, we discussed the different working field, architecture, workflow of OpenVPN, in which role of iptables comes into the picture because for Linux architecture, OpenVPN support iptables as it’s primary firewall utility or can say OpenVPN support iptables as it’s a firewall for filtering workflow.

So in-between discussion, I mentioned that I am using iptables in OpenVPN to block traffic for the domain name and it is working fine. So, my colleague asked me about how you implemented & how is it possible to use iptables for domain and they discussed multiple logical explanations like OSI layer support and many other things. So, we decided to do POC of this discussion and try to write-up some blog or points to make clear that is it possible use iptables for the domain name and if not, what are the area that we can cover with iptables for the domain name and try to cover up flaws of this. Continue reading “That’s Why Iptable Is Not A Good Fit For Domain Name?”