Linux Tech Tips
This page will grow as I have time; for now I just have:
I am often on the EFNet or irc.openprojects.net #linux channel, username ictx
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- A basic ipchains firewall you
can put into your startup routine.
- A perl script that monitors logs and alerts
you to anything matching, or not matching, a particular pattern
- Does your Slackware installation identd you as '1000'? It's showing
the UID rather than your username; fix supplied by aero_
(email@example.com) just before 2 AM EDT on 2002-08-02:
comment out or remove the line "uid-only=yes" in /etc/identd.conf.
Setting it to 'no' does not fix it, for some reason.
- Ever tried using a CGI to show manpages? I'd been trying for years, off
and on, in my "spare time"; one night I stayed up all night on it, finally
realizing that 'less' uses isatty(3) to determine if it is outputting to
a terminal, and if not, dumps the raw data, which shows up as M M A A N N
on the screen, since backspaces are rendered in html like any other spaces.
So, the time I spent starting a termcap/terminfo
description for an 'html' terminal was probably wasted. But anyway, once
I had that established, it wasn't hard coming up with a quick bash
to do what I wanted, man man for example.
- After attempting to install LIRC, having already downloaded almost 100MB
of files and had problems compiling it, I gave up and decided to implement
an extremely simple instant messaging protocol using perl. The first test
programs for it are jcimsend and jcimrecv. I didn't have to modify my firewall
because I was already allowing UDP on high-numbered ports for DNS and
- I've been concerned about the lack of security in identd for a while,
as there have been some exploits in various daemons and, while I couldn't get
one of the exploits on the net to give me a rootshell, I still don't trust
any code I didn't write myself (not that I can trust that,
either, but at least
I can hopefully fix it easier if I find it's broken). Anyway, I finally
accomplished two things: (1) learned the basics of the auth protocol from
rfc1413, and (2) cobbled together enough python for a working "fake" identd
that runs from inet. This and
identcheck (I know, I could have just telneted
to the port) are my first two working python scripts, klunky as they are, so
to me it was worth the effort.
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