Information Security

readpst – Backtrack 5 – Forensics – Forensics Analysis Tools – readpst

We have had a couple requests to write a post about readpst which is included in the default path of Backtrack 5 and also located in the Backtrack menu underneath Forensics/Forensics Analysis Tools. The readpst application will read PST files which are also known as Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders and convert them to mbox, MH, or KMail formats. There are various other switches that can be used to output each email into a separate file, include attachments, modify contact formats, be recursive, etc. I will explain basic functionality below along with a couple of the formats and various switches.

Technology Insights

Change Default Mail Client On OSX To Microsoft Outlook For Mac

When clicking on hyperlinks that are set to open a compose email message on OSX the application will launch. Since it is likely that your preferred email application is something other than such as Mozilla Thunderbird, Opera, Microsoft Outlook for Mac, Postbox, Sparrow, or something else then you will want to change the default email client to your preferred email application. In my case I use MS Outlook for the Mac so I needed to set the default email client to Outlook. Use the directions below to modify the default application that opens to compose email messages.

Technology Errors

Postfix Error: cannot update mailbox /var/mail/user for user user. error writing message: File too large

Earlier while troubleshooting an error with PHP’s mail function I noticed an error in the maillog on a CentOS server. I know I have run into this error before and previously I fixed the issue by setting a larger size limit on the Postfix mailboxes. Below is information about the Postfix error in the maillog explaining mail cannot be delivered to a specific user because the mailbox has reached the maximum size allowed as configured in the Postfix file.

Technology Errors

postfix/smtpd[XXXXX]: fatal: unsupported dictionary type: mysql, Postfix maillog Errors

I recently updated a development server running CentOS and ran into various minor issues including one regarding postfix being compiled with MySQL support. The development server runs ISPConfig for various virtual hosts and after upgrading all the packages on the server which included Postfix I noticed errors in the maillog. Below I describe what the error was in more detail as well as how it can easily be resolved.

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Send Mail Attachments Using mail Command From A Linux Shell

One thing that can be really helpful for Linux administrators is sending mail attachments via the Linux command line. It is fairly widely known that you can inject text files into email by piping the outputs of those files to the mail command however something that is less known is attaching files to an email sent via mail. The information below describes how to send mail from a Linux shell using the mail command.