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Attack by ZmEu

Who is ZmEu?

An image showing ZmeuThe name Zmeu (no capital E) is the name of a fantastic creature of Romania. There are so many stories that there isn't a clear understanding of what it is... but it is human like, can spit fire and wants to marry young women.

If you're wondering, it is generally a bad guy.

ZmEu Attack

Today, I noticed a lot of traffic on one of my servers. Looking into what was happening, I immediately found out that an attacker was looking for a loophole in that system. That attack was being performed from China.

HP Printer options not offering "Color: Off" option anymore

As I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10, I noticed that I lost the option to turn off the color when printing.

Looking around all the available options, no one to make it black and white (although the old option was saying something like: Color: Off; it was somewhat weird.)

Now that option is completely gone. There is no way for me to turn off my HP Printer color when I am in Acrobate or LibreOffice. I searched on the Internet to see whether that was just HP trying to get you to use colors on your printer or whether the option was available... somewhere else.

Indeed, I had to go to the System ...

Setting tag attributes in a dynamic way in XSLT with XQuery

I wanted to dynamically manage the attributes of the HTML tag. As I'm working on the Snap! C++ system, I thought that should be done with the standard XSLT feature: <xsl:attribute-set name="...">. Unfortunately the the XQuery implementation does not currently support such, at all.

There is a way, though, to still make it work with a central template definition which can be used to decide what should be and what should not be added to the HTML tag.  Especially, in this way we can make use of one template that is a system defined template. This being said, if you use ...

Large scale Linux console

As I am working on our Snap! C++ CMS, I created a set of virtual systems to test the compilation on "clean" system (yeah! my main computers has all sorts of things that I don't even know about...)

In those virtual system, I only install the basic server and then do a sudo apt-get install of anything else the server needs to get compiled. This includes libraries such as libmagic, boost, and Qt and some tools like xmllint. This is pretty cool, but when working in a console, and that console is very small, it makes it a bit difficult, so I looked into making it big.

For this ...

Remote access to another MS-Windows computer

I have used several different software to gain remote access to other's computers.

With a Unix system, it's easy. You use ssh and you can do everything you want (although some people just cannot handle a console, I'm fine with such, but ssh allows you to access X-Windows if you'd like with the -X command line option.)

With MS-Windows, since that system is just a desktop application, you need a special tool in order to achieve that feat. Most of them are for money or make use of things that do not work under Linux. Yet, there is one that I like, it is called TeamViewer. It was ...

tripwire --init not saving the database

I ran in a problem with tripwire, it did not want to generate the <hostname>.twd file under /var/lib/tripwire

I could see that because it reports, once a day, whether tripwire ran sucessfully or not. It was not and the main error was: the tripwire database does exist which is actually shown as:

### Error: File could not be opened.
### Filename: /var/lib/tripwire/<hostname>.twd
### No such file or directory
### Exiting...

That, in itself, looks easy to fix. So I ran tripwire --init and voià!

sudo tripwire --init

As usual, it print a few errors and ignored them.

Postfix says it does not allow relaying?!

As we are upgrading our server to jump from version 12.04 to 13.04, we encounter a few problems.

Two with Postfix, first the Postgrey port has changed. It was 60000 before, now it is 10023. Don't ask me... Anyway, that was the easy one.

The other problem was a relay error. I could send emails all I wanted, but not my partner who does not show his server as part of our Made to Order Software Corp. network. Relay is why a computer allows emails from server X to be sent to server Y through server Z. You are server Z, that's the relay.

The fact is that if you can log in your account on ...

Quoting to run MS-DOS commands with system()

As I am working on wpkg, a tool to build and manage advanced packages, I encounter problems running MS-DOS scripts. I am not the strongest in that realm. I have been working with Unix scripts for a little over 15 years and MS-DOS scripts are so limiting...

Anyway, to run a batch file, you need to write a script in a file that ends with .bat and to make sure it gets run properly, you want to run it using the %COMSPEC% command using the /c flag.

If parameters to the command include spaces, you want to place those parameters between double quotes. Although some commands are capable of ...

Cannot log in user with Samba

Today I wasted another hour or so in trying to get samba to work for one of my Windows computer so I could connect to one of my Linux computer. I knew that the installation was correct since I could log in with another computer/user that had worked for a long time. So... why would this one fail?

Two things, for of all, I could see NOTHING happening in the logs. Really wondering why the default is to log close to nothing with such a non-secure piece of software, but that's a different question. I added the following to actually get about enough logs to understand what was happening:

log ...

Installing Oracle Java on Ubuntu, very easy

I don't personally program in Java, but since I use Cassandra, Java is a requirement on my system.

The OpenJdk works, but it is presented as having problems when running Cassandra. Having run in a problem (see http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11182637/data-in-cassandra-not... on Stack Overflow,) I thought I would finally give a chance to Oracle and install their version to see whether that was the culprit.

I was really thinking that the OpenJdk was working fine because I have two other systems working just fine, but those two ...

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