Thursday, 30 August 2012

Installing scalpel on Linux Mint Mate

sudo apt-get install libtre5 libtre-dev

download  and extract the scalpel source from

usual tar -xzf ,  ./configure make / make install....

Now go throught scalpel.conf and edit out files formates you are likely to encounter.  By default they are all commented out.

Also remember that you have to have your scalpel.conf file in the present working directory when executing scalpel or use the command 'scalpel -c /path/to/scalpel.conf/'

WindyCityTech Blogger
WindyWindyCityTech Wordpress

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Automount hard drives and partitions on startup for Linux Mint Mate Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install pysdm 

Run as root from the command line

Click on the partitions you want to mount at startup, click assistant button and make sure that the check box 'file system is mounted at boot time', is selected.

Important! If your drives are named by the UUID, they will be renamed by the partition number.  i.e /media/0546188641348786  may become /media/sda3 .  This is guaranteed to break any previous references to files and folders stored in music playlists or other programs that previously used the uuid paths.  You will have to go back and quickly edit these files to the correct path

WindyCityTech Blogger
WindyWindyCityTech Wordpress

Monday, 27 August 2012

Gimp 2.8 Auto Export No Prompt Save Fix [solved]

I was happy to get the new gimp 2.8 as it had the promised one window feature, yay!

But soon, I noticed that they have stuffed up on another important feature, saving...  One step forward, one step backwards.

Saving now saves a image as a XCF file, which is has a serious ability to interrupts ones workflow.  Unfortunately Gimps designers have no clue what most people use Gimp for, I will break it down:
  1. Take a photo with the camera as a JPG
  2. Edit the photos with Gimp
  3. Overwrite-save the photo back as a JPG <<<<----  Important!
  4. Close Gimp on to other things
Unfortunately in Gimp 2.8 they make you do it more like this:
  1. Take a photo with the camera as a JPG
  2. Edit the photos with Gimp
  3. Export the photo back as a JPG
  4. Be bombarded with several options on how to save the image...
  5. Close Gimp and still be reminded that you have not saved the image as a XCF  FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!1

Alot of people are completely pissed about this 'feature' and would like to a workaround.  Of course there is nothing in settings to help you but someone named Akkana Peck has come to save us with a cool script to help.

Applying the script is easy, just navigate do the following commands in the terminal:

cd ~/.gimp-2.8/plug-ins/
chmod +x

Restart gimp and now you will be greeted with a Save/Export Clean button in the File menu, yay.

Now remap the keyboard shortcut CTRL+S to this button in the preferences and everything will be golden!  It is found in Edit > Preferences > Interface > Configure Shortcuts.  Search for 'save' and look under Plug-ins.

Thanks Akkana you are awesome!

WindyCityTech Blogger
WindyWindyCityTech Wordpress

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Adding custom location in places on Linux Mate Mint Caja

Basically you need to put a custom location place in caja (Places Shortcut), like Downloads, Pictures....

This works for the caja file manager and translates to file manager dialogues like 'save as' in Firefox, pluma, whatever.

The this example, I am going to create a places shortcut for home/user/Downloads

Open caja and make sure that the places sidebar is visible.  Navigate to the subfolder that you need to create the places shortcut for, i.e home/user/

Here is the simple trick, it is done graphically, by dragging and dropping the folder of choice into the places sidebar BELOW the line at the bottom of the default places that came with the system.  So drag Downloads across and MAKE SURE that the folder is not being redirected into another partition or the trash. Below that line.


WindyCityTech Blogger
WindyWindyCityTech Wordpress

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Linux Mate Mint, Firefox Open Download Folder launches Nautilus

Where:  Firefox in Linux Mint Mate
Problem:  Nautilus is invloked instead of Caja
How:  Right clicking a downloaded file from the downloads dialog and selecting 'Open Containing Folder' Triggers it.

Solution:  in mate menu look for preferred application under preferences menu

If the drop down box is blank, reselect mate file manager.

These solutions below did not work or might of helped?  Source

in about:config
create two bolean strings and set both to TRUE

Create a string and add 'caja' to this

add line

WindyCityTech Blogger
WindyWindyCityTech Wordpress

LMMC header on DLink router file, decoding the zlib zpipe Plaintext password

LMMC header on router file, decoding.

Inspired from

Tested on a DLink DSL-G604T

Downloading the config file dumps a config.bin file.  The first line of the file has a LMMC which indicates a zlib header

Convert the file to a .Z file
dd if=config.bin of=test.config.bin.z bs=20 skip=1

download the zlib source and extract it.
go to the examples folder
compile zpipe.c using the command
gcc -o zipe zpipe.c -lz
now you will have something called zpipe

copy the zpipe command where the config files are and execute the command
./zpipe -d < test.config.bin.z > config.txt

now open config.txt and view it plaintext!

WindyCityTech Blogger
WindyWindyCityTech Wordpress

linux password basics 101 notes

full source:

passwords are encrypted into a hash and are stored in /etc/shadow

To look in the shadow file, type in a terminal sudo cat /etc/shadow


look at 'man shadow' for the full definition.

The hashes are delimited by the $ sign in this format
$id $salt $encrypted

Where $id 1 = MD5  5 = SHA-256   6 = SHA-512

Also look here for more info

WindyCityTech Blogger
WindyWindyCityTech Wordpress

Changing a linux password, recovering


Boot into a shell as root
type 'e' at the grub menu
change the line "ro quiet splash" TO "rw init=/bin/bash"
press CTRL-D to boot

search for home directory to find the username
confirm username by cat /etc/passwd
type 'passwd USER'
type in new password & confirm
type sync

another option is to boot from a live CD, mount the hard drive (sudo fdisk -l) and edit a character in the /etc/passwd file.
umount and reboot

login without a password.  Put a password in by typing
'passwd user'
sudo shadowconfig off
sudo shadowconfig on

WindyCityTech Blogger
WindyWindyCityTech Wordpress

compiling crunch 3.3 in ubunut and mint, error in Makefile

Found on Ubuntu forums here

Modify the makefile under build: crunch mode the $? to the left as shown.

val:    crunch.c

    @echo "Building valgrind compatible binary..."

    $(CC) $? $(VCFLAGS) $(LFS)  -o crunch

    @echo "valgrind --leak-check=yes crunch ..."

    @echo ""

crunch: crunch.c

    @echo "Building binary..."

    $(CC) $? $(CFLAGS) $(LFS)  -o $@

    @echo ""

Also note that crunch default install is /pentest/passwords/crunch  you may want to change the location in the make file to suit.

WindyCityTech Blogger
WindyWindyCityTech Wordpress

Migrating from Ubuntu to Linux Mint Mate, important notes

Few things to note when migrating:

  • Gedit is now pluma
  • Nautilus is now caja
  • Things that started with gnome now start with mate, such as Gnome-terminal is now mate-terminal
  • The green  theme can be cleaned up to not look not green at all, select appearances under the preferences menu
  • The menu bar can be moved back to the top of the screen like the classic gnome 2 Ubuntu.  Another bar can be added to the bottom of the screen for desktop and bun icons.
  • Install synaptic, to get the software installing power back

WindyCityTech Blogger
WindyWindyCityTech Wordpress

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Linux Mint 13 So much Better than Ubuntu 12.04

Ever since Ubuntu released the Unity desktop, I have been fighting a battle to not be forced into the fucking stupid Unity newfag hipster crap new default interface.

As a PC-Thug, I demand stability, productivity, power use and a customisable interface.

Installing gnome 3 ppa on Ubuntu 12.04 was a waste of time, basically what I got was the bloody leftovers from someone else's backyard abortion.  Not good enough.

Checking the Linux Mint 13 Mate 1.2 looked promising, so I tried it out using a live USB drive.  Burnt the ISO to the hardrive using unetbootin.
I was suprised to see very little extra bloatware installed.  No twitter crap, status updates.  Basically nice clean slate to build on.  Also being built on Ubuntu, it is very easy to pick up.

After installing it on a second partition, a few thing can be tweaked to make it look like the old Ubuntu (11.04), getting rid of the green colour was the first thing, then a few more tweaks to move the panel to the top got things looking familiar.

I suggest you try Mint, and get satisfaction.  Thank you Ubuntu for the memories.

WindyCityTech Blogger
WindyWindyCityTech Wordpress