Technology Insights

Mac OSX – Make Specific App Default File Opener

I have been meaning for a long time to set some configuration parameters for specific file types including which applications open them by default. I deal with a lot of different file types and I am typically having to scroll through a long list of Mac applications to select the one that I want to open the file. Since its not easy to do this in one spot on Mac OSX Mountain Lion without adding a third party application I started looking around to see what was available and ended up with Default Apps by Rubicode. Below I describe installing Default Apps and how it works.

Information Security

exiftool – Backtrack 5 – Forensics – Digital Forensics Analysis – exiftool

Many people still seem to not be aware of EXIF data and the information it provides anyone that wants to view it. EXIF data is attached to image files as well as other files and provides all sorts of details from file creation time to exact GPS coordinates. This is the type of data that was extracted from an image uploaded by Vice Magazine that gave away John McAfee’s location when he escaped Belize. On Backtrack Linux there are numerous tools to extract EXIF data including exiftool which is written in Perl and easy to use. Below we will describe exiftool, which is located in /pentest/misc/exiftool/ or /usr/bin, and provide examples to show how easy it is to use.

Technology Insights

List Of Mac OSX Lion screencapture Format Types & Photoshop Image Mode For Each Mac Format

When I got my Macbook about 9 months ago one of the first things I did was change the default OSX screenshot format type from PNG to GIF. I edit a lot of images in Photoshop to post in technical articles and for the GIF’s I have been having to change the Photoshop Image Mode from Indexed Color to RGB to apply most filters during the process of editing the image. Photoshop loses a lot of functionality when an image’s Image Mode is set to Indexed so each time I modified an screenshot image and say wanted to apply a filter I would first have to modify the Photoshop Image Mode from Indexed Color to RGB. I recently got fed up with having to do that so I was looking for a solution when I realized if I just change the default screencapture format back to PNG the images open in Photoshop with the Image Mode set to RGB or Red/Green/Blue Color Model. Anyhow when doing so I started to wonder what image formats were available to set as the default screencapture format. Below I describe the details of what screencapture image formats are available in Mac OSX Lion and also what Image Mode that Adobe Photoshop opens each format from the Mac in.

Technology Errors

Nmap 5.51: Zenmap: Error Saving Snapshot: Surface.write_to_png takes one argument which must be a filename (str)

I upgraded to Nmap 5.51 early this afternoon because a friend asked me to take a look at creating a topology image of a network scan of around 3,000 hosts. After upgrading I opened his scan in Zenmap and attempted to export the topology of the scan as a PNG but I received an error which I at first assumed was an issue on my computer or an issue with the fact that the export to PNG image was taking place on a 64-bit Windows 7 computer however both of those turned out to be incorrect. Below I describe the error in more detail as well as the current newest Nmap version that will allow PNG export, a workaround for the issue, and notes about the response from the Nmap development team that already pushed a fix to SVN only a couple hours after the issue was reported (+1 Nmap devs!).

Technology Insights

How To Open .ECW Files On A Mac, EclipseCrossword On A Mac

Unfortunately EclipseCrossword is only available for Windows so you cannot install it directly on OSX on a Macintosh computer without the use of third party software. This leaves you a couple options if you only need to view the .ECW files including installing EclipseCrossword via third party software on the Macintosh or have someone with a Windows computer convert the ECW file to a format you can view more easily on your Mac. Below I describe each option in more detail.