ethereal and securemote

Today i updated my securemote/secureclient to version R56 Build 619.

After the upgrade my ethereal stopped working.
The problem was with the winpcap driver. It didn’t return me any interface for capture.
Upgrading the winpcap from version 3.0 to version 3.01a solved my problem.


LAND attack

Do you remember those funny days 8 years ago, where you could crash your win95 colleague pc with a nice Blue screen of Death ?

Microsoft hasn’t forgotten you. Now you can still do it on Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2003.
Have a look at securityfocus: [url][/url]

Thank you microsoft


Firefox 1.0.1 Released

Firefox 1.0.1 released to fix a lot of security problems. The good think is that it appears that they corrected (a bit) the problem with rendering the slashdot pages



I use dspam for its speed and accuracy, for it’s web interface and statistics.

I miss one feature. Retrain via History. Why ? Cause i don’t like to bounce messages. Cause you cannot convince your users to do it, and do it properly, cause i use the signatureLocation=headers, and the only MUA that works is mutt.

I had a look today on the 3.4 RC-1 changelog.

Quoting from dspam site [url][/url]:

[quote]Retrain Options via History
Retraining options have been added to the history tab, allowing users to
quickly retrain messages without actually delivering or forwarding them. This
is ideal for lazy users.[/quote]

Yes i am a lazy user.

Thank you very much guys.


sendmail and maildir

Yes sendmail DOESN’T support maildir format.

But if you use procmail here is the solution:
Create a Maildir directory on your home folder using maildirmake. If you don’t have it you can try the following:
mkdir $HOME/Maildir
mkdir $HOME/Maildir/cur
mkdir $HOME/Maildir/new
mkdir $HOME/Maildir/tmp

And create a .procmailrc using only that rule:

If procmail is setuped correctly in your it will work.

I am posting this since a friend ask me about it. And i am using it a long time after switching from exim to sendmail. Don’t ask why. It is a new machine and i haven’t the time to switch to exim or qmail 🙂


lame server resolving

My DNS server (bind 9) was writing on the syslog quite often the common error message:
[b]lame server resolving[/b].

A server is marked as lame when either an NS record points to an
incorrect host, or the authoritative server is not giving authoritative
anwers (that means is responding from his cache).


You can turn off the logging by adding the following in your /etc/named.conf.

logging {
category lame-servers { null; };


firefox crashes

I have about 5-6 installation of firefox 1.0 on win32, most of them on windows xp. All of them with the same settings, same extensions and theme.

From time to time i get a lot of crashes with the following error:
[b]AppName: firefox.exe AppVer: ModName: js3250.dll
ModVer: Offset: 000084f7[/b]

Especially when i try to open the url of gmail: Everytime i try to open that page first after i open the browser equals to the message above.

First i though that it was something wrong with the setting regarding automatic updates, then with the live bookmarks.

It appears that the problem is with the “tabbrowser extensions” extension, i removed it and for this day i have no problems-crashes.

I switch it to tabbrowser preferences. Let’s see if it will work without any problems now

Photography Software

RAW thumbnails

The common problem of a RAW photo is that you must open it with the apropriate tool on your PC in order to preview it. Yesterday i came across with the dpmagic [url][/url] (following a post from, a nice tool to produce thumbnails directly from raw and of course it supports my favorite Olympus 5060 :).

Installation is easy and working with that is easier: Open a folder that has raw photos inside. Switch to thumbnail view and here is the preview of your photo.

Very,very nice work. And it is free


Slimbrowser V4.03

Finally after many many versions slimbrowser now can be closed before a file is completely downloaded.

Slimbrowser is my second option after firefox (even if it uses the IE engine)


Asterisk PBX

Today i found some time to update my asterisk installation. I used for a long time the 0.9.

Now the latest version is 1.0.3. The update was less than ten minutes and everything work as expected, including my Zaptel interface.

I removed also the oh323 support since i am switching to IAX.

More on IAX soon


ssh forwarding

Did i say how much i love the ability to do a port forwarding with ssh ?

The problem: My router has a web interface which it is acceptable only from my internal network.
That mean that i cannot change anything if i am not home. OK i can use a lynx from one of my internal machines but the interface doesn’t work correctly.

SSH forwarding does your life easier: Setup a port forwarding using an ssh client for your localmachine port lets say 1234 to connect to the other machine port 80.
The command is the following:

ssh -C -L 1234:themachineyouwanttoreach:80

After you login to your ssh server you can use a http://localhost:1234 and you are up and running



Sveasoft firmware problem

I tried to upgrade my WRT54GS firmware to Alchemy 6.0 RC3 from Alchemy pre5.4.
Result: iptables didn’t load the rules. Restore to defaults didn’t solve it. I download the RC4 and everythink is back to normal.

Thanks sveasoft guys.


New Vulnerability Affects All Browsers

I was reading slashdot and drinking the first coffe of the day, and i came across to this
“Secunia is reported about a new vulnerability, which affects all browsers. It allows a malicious web site to “hi-jack” pop-up windows, which could have been opened by e.g. a your bank or an online shop”

The bad think with that is that it affects also firefox…

General Software

Permalinks finally

Finally. I got permalinks to work.

The story: My blog is under a virtual host on apache (Fedora Core 3), and i allways got a 404 error when i enabled permalinks.

Solution simple:

Options Indexes Includes FollowSymLinks Multiviews
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

For the directory that wordpress is installed

And do a apachectl restart.

That allowoverride all makes the trick. It took me a couple of hours to figure out what was wrong.

The .htaccess file used was the one that wordpress suggests but even i searched on google i didn’t found a correct solution till i found this one [url=][/url]


thunderbird 1.0

The time has come. Mozilla Thunderbird reaches 1.0. Just got it and installed.



vi and repeat command

First time that somebody told me i don’t use the vi the way i should.

There was something like 0,10,20,30,40,50 and i should switch it to all zeros.
I did it with dw and insert a 0. And the other guy said “Why you don’t use the repeat command” 🙂

cw changewhatyouwant for the first and “.” for the others (For people that they don’t know it)

Yes it is easier 🙂


Life with firefox

I have been using firefox for the last 6 months. I think now is time to write how is life with it.

Why i switched to firefox ? Many reasons and security wasn’t the first cause i allready use linux and bsd.

It is [b]fast[/b] and it is [b]fully customized[/b].

But you need some extra stuff to make your life easier.

Tabs: Allready has tabs, but you need something to customize them. Tabbrowser Extensions should do it get it from here [url][/url]

BBCode Extension: You need it if you write on forums with BBCode. Try it and you will not regret it. [url][/url]

Adblock: Simple you need it. Use it and you will find out how different the web is.

SwitchProxy: I use proxies all the time. Change is a bit messy. Now it is 2 clicks 🙂

FlasGot: Does the option in IE Download all with FlashGet/Getright sound familiar ? [url][/url]

TweakNetwork: More speed. Turns on pipelining and you can switch it off back with a click

Enough for now. Start downloading it 🙂 [url][/url]