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Unix / Linux Discussion / Re: Any general purpose "Rescue Disk"?
« on: March 09, 2006, 03:37:23 am »
I don't boot from writable media at all. I just boot from my trusty Slackware CD then pass the appropriate kernel parameters depending on which machine I'm on. Of all of the solutions this method provides, my favourite is the fact that random people can't walk in and boot my machines. All you've got to do when it drops you into the boot: prompt is give it the kernel image you want booted and pass the root drive you want as a parameter. There are directions written directly above the prompt (on Slackware). I'm not too sure if this is what you were asking.

Unix / Linux Discussion / Re: I broke Slackware..
« on: March 05, 2006, 10:13:20 pm »
Download OpenSSH/compile it against your new OpenSSL libraries.

General Security Information / Re: A cool idea
« on: February 26, 2006, 06:09:04 am »
Alternatively, you could find an exploit in any Windows (or any OS for that matter) component and have it spread exclusively via wireless.

Unix / Linux Discussion / Re: halt
« on: February 07, 2006, 03:28:41 am »
FYI: if you use /sbin/poweroff it'll shutdown the power for you automatically (shutdown doesn't, unless you throw the -p switch on the FBSD version).

Thought I'd mention poweroff is part of the sysvinit package (, if you're interested in downloading it. Slackware comes with it installed by default.

Unix / Linux Discussion / Re: Hey iago, question!
« on: January 31, 2006, 04:04:08 pm »
You can use iptables for that........

Unix / Linux Discussion / Re: Mounting NFS Directories
« on: January 31, 2006, 03:54:53 am »
You're right. My bad.

Unix / Linux Discussion / Re: Mounting NFS Directories
« on: January 31, 2006, 03:34:14 am »
Good work. Should look at NIS+ for premission preservation.

I'm pretty sure it's mauddib ;P

Unix / Linux Discussion / Re: Why?
« on: January 06, 2006, 04:01:48 pm »

If you intend to become more of a Linux power-user, I recommend finding the book Beginning Linux Programming by Stone.  It gives you a quick overview over the main points, like Bash, Make, IPC (Inter-Process Communication), I/O, POSIX, TCL, GTK+, and many other things.  Tmp recommended it to me, and I'm very happy he did, it was one of my better investments. 

If you want to understand more about the culture of Linux, and the fundamental ideas behind open-source and Linux design decisions, find yourself The Art of UNIX Programming.

Refer to post:,3013.msg30292.html#msg30292

General Discussion / Re: Spammer fined $11 billion
« on: January 06, 2006, 03:06:55 pm »
I wonder how much money he MADE spamming, though..

If that guy made anything even close to 1 billion dollars, let alone 10 times that amount, I'm in the wrong profession.

Unix / Linux Discussion / Re: Why?
« on: January 06, 2006, 03:21:10 am »
This is a pretty good question. I'll tell you why I prefer Linux over Windows.

First off, I am a computer hobbyist. I do not work in any field related to computers/computing/compsec, etc. I enjoy learning about how computers work. That is the only reason I do anything on here, for enjoyment. Mainly my interests revolve around various programming languages and learning how the x86 architecture works on a lower level. So, my number 1 reason that I fell in love with Linux is because I found it gave me way more access to information and a more open opportunity to learn. Windows never even came close to Linux in this respect at all, imo. Nothing could satisfy my geeky curiousity more than a documented open source OS and the things it entails... open source kernel, open source implementation of the TCP/IP stack, open source implementation of a score of filesystems, etc, etc ,etc.

Second, I found Linux had better support for budding developers. The system provided a healthily developed set of compilers/linkers/libraries and a variety of text editors, IDAs, debuggers, etc. Windows didn't even have a compiler. And I had to pay for the flagship compiler (VC++) apparrently. As far as a debugger went, I was on my own there as well. Quite the contrast there.  On another note, I found that bash was a much more helpful platform for my programming adventures than the Windows shell. If you don't see how, try commands like grep, head, interpreters like awk, perl, and tools like od, ctags, time, etc. People have told me tools like this exist for Windows, and the Windows shell can do all the same things, which may be true, but I don't know how you'd begin to learn Windows shell. Is there something similar to man for Windows ? I'm not sure about today, but there wasn't when I used it. If you google "Windows shell", the first thing to come up is an exploit for it.

Third, I hate to sound cliche, but it is free. I didn't mind putting up with all of the cracks, cd key generators, nag screens, trial versions, etc when I ran Windows. But in the years I've been running Linux, I've never encountered ONE of these instances. The only instance I can even think of pertaining to these on Linux was winex asking for a registration before downloading. I don't miss it at all. I don't know what all you Windows guys do everytime a new release comes out. Shell out a couple hundred bucks ? I guess most of you download it, or burn it or something. Although, I don't see how so many people can claim to be adament supporters of a software foundation they perpetually commit federal crimes against.

Anyhow, those are the 3 main reasons. I could rant endlessly about the fine points.

Also, I should note that the last time I had a Windows system was probably 3 years ago, and I was using Win2k. I've noticed Windows opening up more to developers lately, so some of my information may be outdated.

General Discussion / Spammer fined $11 billion
« on: January 06, 2006, 02:43:43 am »
I wonder what you do after you get fined $11 billion dollars. That's got to be a tough one to hide from the wife...

General Security Information / Re: Info on Windows' WMF Vulnerability
« on: January 06, 2006, 02:40:00 am »
A guy from hexblog released an unofficial fix for this before MS did:

General Security Information / Windows outdoes Linux
« on: January 06, 2006, 02:36:23 am »
According to CERT, Linux/Unix had far more vulnerabilities released last year than Windows did...

General Security Information / Re: mIRC Exploit Found
« on: December 26, 2005, 07:16:52 pm »
At first I thought this might be something neat and then i realized its a local exploit and totally lame. :(

Yeah, I looked at this and that was exactly my thoughts.


Local priviledge escalation is not cool, especially on Windows.

Local privilege* escalation is more important than you may think.

Why would mIRC be running on windows with Adminstrative privileges while being used by a user that doesnt' have admin?  It would only make sense if it was a set-uid program..

Wether this particular exploit is useful or not, I don't know. I'm saying local privilege escalation, regardless of OS, _is_ "cool".

General Discussion / Re: The post your picture thread.
« on: December 24, 2005, 04:35:15 am »
Harrison Hot Springs, BC.

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