Information Security

How To Tell Exactly How Many Spaces A ESSID Includes Using airodump-ng Or Wireshark

The other day I had a wireless network packet capture file saved as a .cap file. The ESSID that was displaying via normal aircrack-ng output of the WPA/WPA2 wireless packet capture lead me to believe there was at least one space included in the beginning of the ESSID and likely after the ESSID since it was not processing properly using oclHashcat-plus. I had never run into this before so wasn’t exactly sure the easiest way to figure out the number of spaces so I posed the question in the Freenode aircrack-ng IRC channel and got a couple responses which are noted below as well as instructions following the clearest solution.

Technology Insights

Cannot Extract .EXE From Zip File On Windows 2003

Earlier today while working on a client’s server, which happens to be Microsoft Server 2003, I was unable to extract a .exe file from a zip file I had downloaded. After a moment of thinking I remembered that on Windows 2003 Server there is a default security setting that will simply not extract the .exe file. Below there are brief instructions on how to enable extracting a executable or .EXE file from a compressed zip file.

Information Security

Reset Metasploit Pro Web Console Password For msf User

Awhile back I installed a version of Metasploit Pro while juggling a couple other tasks and unfortunately I noted the password in an encrypted text document and forgot the location which in itself was a fail. Regardless of the mistake I made luckily Metasploit Express and Metasploit Pro make it easy enough to change the msf user web console password without any pain. Use the directions below to modify the msf users login information on your Metasploit Pro or Metasploit Express installation.