Technology Insights

Ubuntu 12.04 View Package Version

While working to verify some packages in Ubuntu 12.04 had backport patches installed properly I needed to list installed package versions. To do this you can install a package called apt-show-versions which will allow you to list all installed packages and their versions with ease. This likely works on most Ubuntu versions but was tested on Ubuntu 12.04 also know as Precise PangolinĀ and Ubuntu 12.10 also known as Quantal Quetzal. Follow the instructions below to install apt-show-versions and then list all installed packages and their versions.

Information Security

apache start – Backtrack – Services – HTTPD – apache start

Backtrack Linux offers a lot to people of all skill sets and I really appreciate the thought that the developers have put behind making this a operating system platform that is friendly to all. In my experience there are penetration testers or information security enthusiasts of all levels and having Backtrack as a platform to learn from is great. The apache start menu item in Backtrack simply starts the Apache web server and is explained in more detail below.

Technology Errors

xplico pcap File Upload Fails

I have been playing around with xplico which is a NFAT (Network Forensics Analysis Tool) tool included in Backtrack Linux. Pretty cool application though there are some things I am still figuring out or may be caused by the version be older in Backtrack. One of the main items where I could see new users to Xplico running into is actually noted numerous times on Xplico’s website and so I simply wanted to expand on what has already been noted there. If you are having issues uploading pcap files via the Xplico web interface then it is likely related to the size of the pcap file and the size that the Apache web server will accept. Use the information below to modify the web server configuration to allow larger files to be uploaded.

Technology Insights

Require HTTPS For ClientExec Installed In Sub Directory

If you have ClientExec installed in a sub-directory say /clientexec and want to require HTTPS only for ClientExec the easiest way to accomplish this is by putting a .htaccess file inside of the sub directory itself. There are numerous solutions to this posted as CE Knowledge Base Articles and within the CE forums but many of them did not work for me so I wanted to post the solution that worked on setup using CentOS as the operating system and using Apache/PHP/MySQL on that platform.