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This Week in Self-Hosted (2 February 2024) 9 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (2 February 2024)

Self-hosted news, software updates, launches, and a spotlight on PiAlert - a network device scanner with configurable alerts

By Ethan Sholly
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In the News

A roadmap and appeal for help from The Foundation
Matrix, the open protocol for secure decentralised communications
Remote user impersonation and takeover
### Summary Due to insufficient origin validation in all Mastodon, attackers can impersonate and take over any remote account. Every Mastodon version prior to 3.5.17 is vulnerable, as well as…
Streaming media company Plex raises $40M as it nears profitability | TechCrunch
Media streamer Plex has raised new capital. The company, which began as a media organization startup, has morphed over the years to become a one-stop shop
Thanksgiving 2023 security incident
On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2023, Cloudflare detected a threat actor on our self-hosted Atlassian server. Our security team immediately began an investigation, cut off the threat actor’s access, and no Cloudflare customer data or systems were impacted by this event.
Sendent for MS Teams: Integrating Nextcloud and Microsoft Teams - Nextcloud
Integrate Nextcloud with Microsoft Teams to effortlessly share files and folders stored on their private Nextcloud server directly from the Teams user interface.

Software Updates

New Software

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Community Content

Running a Mastodon instance entirely free forever | Josh’s Cool Dev Blog
The dev blog of Joshua Byrd
HTTPS with self-signed certificates for your Homelab services
In this article we will deep dive into understanding how we can setup HTTPS with self-signed certificates for our Homelab services.This is often required when you are running your own services and you want to access them over HTTPS.
No, really: Invite anyone to your tailnet
Right around the turn of the new year, we rolled out a little update to our user invite system. The change: you can now invite people who don’t authenticate through GitHub to join a tailnet owned by a user who does. For users who have built out tailnets based on a GitHub login and had run into this issue, it’s a small headache relieved. But it also reflects a bigger milestone — we were finally able to remove the “limitations” section from our “Invite any user” documentation.
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Weekend Discussion (@[email protected])
Weekend Discussion 💬 What self-hosted wiki software have you deployed for documentation in your homelab? #selfhost #selfhosted #selfhosting #wiki #opensource #discussion

Content Spotlight: PiAlert

Meet PiAlert, a network security monitor and scanner with a web interface inspired by Pi-hole. Developed as an easy-to-run application (not just limited to the Raspberry Pi as its name suggests), PiAlert scans networks for new devices, always-connected device downtime, IP changes, and more – with support for over 80 notification services for customized and configurable alerts. The software can run in conjunction with other network-related applications and even import databases and configured leases from Pi-hole, UniFi controllers, and other generic DHCP implementations. Functionality can be easily extended with a supported Home Assistant integration or custom plugin system.

PiAlert can be installed via Docker or bare metal. Note that the project linked above and below is an actively-developed fork of the original, unmaintained project.

Screenshot of the software's 'Devices' screen with the dark theme
Screenshot from the project's repository

Links: GitHub, Documentation

What We're Watching

What We're Listening To

The Homelab Show Ep. 118 – Backup Strategies – The Homelab Show

Smart Home and Automation

Companion app for iOS 2024.1: CarPlay is here!
Home Assistant arrives in CarPlay; open your garage with a simple tap!
Why Matter is Irrelevant to Home Assistant Users
If you are a Home Assistant user, here’s my personal take on why you shouldn’t care about Matter and why it is irrelevant to you for the foreseeable future.

Upcoming Events

FOSDEM 2024 - Home
Voice Assistant Contest - Let’s build and win some prizes!
We are organizing a voice assistant contest between the 17th of January and the 10th of March. You can win some Home Assistant Green, some Home Assistant SkyConnect, and a chance to be on a livestr…

Fediverse Chatter

Is there any "intel processor names for dummies" tool? I want something that'll be good as a server/homelab.

I don't know wtf "Intel® 12th Alder Lake N95" or "Intel 13th Core i5 13500H" or "12th Gen Intel Core ™ i7 12650H " means.

My knowledge of processors id basically back when the i-series first came out and i7 was better than i5.

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Announcing the Mattermost Trustcenter
Our Trustcenter is your hub for everything and anything your organization needs to know about the security program at Mattermost
Data Privacy Week | Bitwarden Blog
What does your data privacy stack look like?
Data Privacy Week: Who owns your data? - Nextcloud
With Data Privacy Week in full swing, we’re excited to be part of the conversation in regaining and maintaining privacy of your data.

Command Line Corner: watch

Use the watch command to monitor changes to the output of another command over intervals of time. This is useful when monitoring things like script results, disk usage, and other tools that print a response as an output.

The command also comes with a number of helpful options including specifying an interval other than the default two seconds (-n), highlighting the differences between outputs (-d), or terminating the watch command when the output changes (-g). If not configuring the command with an option to automatically stop, use Ctrl + C to manually exit.

/$ watch date

Fri Feb 2 07:30:00 EST 2024

Click here to view an archive of commands shared in previous newsletters.

Other News in Tech

First look: Windows 11 is getting native macOS or Linux-like Sudo command
Microsoft is testing native support for Sudo command on Windows 11. This support was found in a leaked preview build of Windows Server.
Your home network might soon get a new — and simpler — name
.internal is for your intranet, not the internet.

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