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Implementing email verification in Laravel

Laravel PHP

Have you ever wanted to ensure your users use email addresses they actually possess? Here is a quick way to achieve it. This tutorial assumes that you already have:

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Training session GIT, GitLab and CI

News Training GitLab

We are organizing a new training session on git, GitLab and Continuous Integration (CI) for Python developers.

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Optimizing and compressing your Windows Virtual Machine

Windows

As I mentioned in the previous blog posts on the subject of the GHOSTS framework, I often use virtual machines to set up and run my tests. In the case of GHOSTS, i have the main GHOSTS server API running on a Linux VM with docker and docker-compose, and the GHOSTS client is running on a Windows 10 virtual machine. If you are interested to read about it, you can find the previous blogs at the following links:

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Automated web application testing with PHP, Selenium and GitLab

PHP GitLab

The easiest way to test that a web application is working correctly is to use a browser and manually go through the pages. If one wants to automate the testing process, there are conceptually two possible approaches: 1) using raw HTTP requests to simulate a browser or 2) using some library and code to drive an actual browser.

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Run your Laravel app with docker-compose

Laravel Docker PHP

Docker-compose is an elegant way to run a Laravel app. It allows to define and run the different services: the main web app, a MySQL database and a redis server. There are however a few tricks to solve: how to run the database migrations, how to run the queue worker and the scheduler?

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Opportunities of COVID-19 (mis)information

SOCMINT

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is being discussed a lot on social media platforms. Researchers and social media platforms a like make use of the online conversation to increase their situational awareness about the continuously evolving situation. At the same time, foreign powers or special interest groups have also been observed of piggybacking the large scale discussion to spread fake news and/or misinformation.

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Installing the cyrange Cyber Range platform

Cyrange Cyber Range

cyrange is a Cyber Range platform built on top of VirtualBox. Like some other tools, it has a web interface that allows to deploy and manage virtual machines.

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Laravel migrations tips

Laravel PHP

When developing a Laravel application, it's quite common to run the development (and test) version with a SQLite database, and the production version with a MySQL database. Normally, the migrations will take care of creating the correct database schema. However, there are a few caveats.

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Foreing powers are using COVID to harm European countries and industries

News SOCMINT Fake News

In a report published last year, the Belgian State Security (VSSE) indicates that foreign powers, including Russia, are using Social Media Intelligence (SOCMINT) to spread fake news about the COVID-19 crisis.

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OSINT Quiz

OSINT

These previous weeks, some blog posts about OSINT were published on this website. Maybe you want to use these tips in some practical cases or exercises.

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Cyber Security Challenge

News CSC

The Cyber Security Challenge is a Capture The Flag (CTF) competition for teams of maximum 4 students. Over a limited timeframe, the teams must solve challenges covering a wide range of security issues, e.g. cryptography, reverse engineering, network security, web or mobile application security, wireless and forensics analysis.

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Check your PHP dependencies for vulnerabilities

PHP

Enlightn Security Checker is a composer tool that uses the Security Advisories Database to check your dependencies for known vulnerabilities. It is actually the same database that is used by GitHub Action "PHP Security Checker". Here is how you can use it locally or with GitLab.

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