This week we have a new recipe, a fancy backlog, and a VMWare treat for premix sponsors!
Proving that even government-sponsored keyboard-monkeys have a sense of fun, this week’s recipe is “CyberChef”, developed and maintained by the GCHQ. (please don’t extradite me, just poking fun!).
It’s a handy web-based frontend to some common (and not-so-common) calculations and conversions you may need in your daily #geeklife. For example, you may find yourself needing to:
- Decode a Base64-encoded string
- Decrypt and disassemble shellcode
- Perform AES decryption, extracting the IV from the beginning of the cipher stream
- Automagically detect several layers of nested encoding
… if so, call on the CyberChef!
I’ve beefed up our GitHub issue templates - now there’s a beautiful template you can use to request a recipe, making sure that all necessary details are captured for the fastest-possible delivery! Check out the list of upcoming recipes here.
Sponsors have long had access to the Ansible playbooks which will deploy an entire stack in a few minutes. Until recently, users could either auto-deploy their VMs using proxmox (via terraform), or skip the VM-deployment step and jump straight into recipes. Thanks to my fellow snob @nshores, we now have an equivalent playbook for auto-deploying geek-cookbook stacks using VMWare. Thanks Nick!
That’s it for now - as always, swing over to Discord to say hi!