Technology Insights

Clear Out Postfix Queue, Analyze Postfix Email Queue

Earlier today we had a minor issue on a development server that generated around 175,000 emails dumped into a Postfix queue in a short amount of time. I needed to first analyze the emails and second clear the Postfix queue. Below is information on how to learn more about the emails in the Postfix queue, what domain they are being sent to, and last but not least delete those emails from the queue if they are not needed.

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Technology Insights

Windows 7 IDT Audio Jack, Allow Reconfiguration Pop-Ups

When I first got my Dell Studio XPS laptop I would get a popup asking for me to specify what was being inserted into the audio jack. At some point I must have reconfigured this and forgotten exactly how I did so though I did remember that it was something to do with reconfiguration pop-ups. After searching around I finally found where you can enable or disable the Audio Jack Reconfiguration Pop-Ups on Windows 7. Follow the directions below to enable the reconfiguration popup on Windows 7 with the IDT software installed.

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Technology Errors

Ubuntu 10.4 eth0 – not available! – RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)

I had a customer today who brought in a laptop and wanted to switch over to Ubuntu linux. I always try to go the extra mile for people who want to convert to Linux. After installing Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, I rebooted and to my dismay the wired (eth0) interface was not working. I always run into wireless problems with Linux but its pretty rare that a wired interface doesn’t work. Below I show the fairly simple fix.

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Information Security

Backtrack 4: Information Gathering: Route: Tcptraceroute

The next tool up for review in the information gathering section is tcptraceroute. tcptraceroute is a traceroute implementation using TCP packets. The more traditional traceroute sends out either UDP or ICMP ECHO packets with a TTL of one, and increments the TTL until the destination has been reached. By printing the gateways that generate ICMP time exceeded messages along the way, it is able to determine the path packets are taking to reach the destination. The problem is that with the widespread use of firewalls on the modern Internet, many of the packets that traceroute sends out end up being filtered, making it impossible to completely trace the path to the destination. However, in many cases, these firewalls will permit inbound TCP packets to specific ports that hosts sitting behind the firewall are listening for connections on. By sending out TCP SYN packets instead of UDP or ICMP ECHO packets, tcptraceroute is able to bypass the most common firewall filters.

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