For anyone that has done a long source code audit is not about really finding the easy/low hanging fruit stuff that can be slow and sometimes a bit “frustrating”. I recently had a nice 660,000 lines of code source code audit to be done in less than 2 weeks, the language was Java, so the first thing that was to be done (they had already hit fortify and other tools with it) and were looking for a bit of more interesting stuff apparently. This raised some specific problems while working and finding the vulnerabilities and exploitability of them.
Earlier while trying to SSH to a device from a Terminal windows on my Macbook Pro running OSX version 10.8, also known as Mountain Lion, I received an error when attempting to connect to a 64 Bit Windows 7 Professional server. The error in the Mac Terminal window stated that the terminal failed to initialize. After troubleshooting I realized that the Windows 7 Pro server, which is running WinSSHD as an SSH server, didn’t like the default terminal emulation that the Terminal window, which is xterm-color256, in OSX Mountain Lion uses. Below we describe the error message in more detail and how to resolve this issue within the Terminal window itself or by installing iTerm2.
I needed to use SVN on a new installation of Mountain Lion OSX on my Macbook Pro and initially assumed it would be there because I already had Xcode installed however it was not or was not located in my path. After playing around in the Xcode interface for a moment I located the Command Line Tools package available for download which ended up installing svn on the command line. Below I describe how to verify if SVN is installed on OSX and explain how to install it if it does not already exist.
Ever attempt to delete the Trash on OSX and run into an error that says you can’t complete the operation because you don’t have permissions to access some of the items? I am not sure how often this will happen to the average user that wouldn’t already know how to resolve the problem since the chances are high that the file or files created with different permissions required you to change to the root user in the first place. Anyhow below is a better description of the issue along with a screenshot followed by how to resolve the problem emptying your Trash on your Mac.
Recently I was looking to obtain a couple specific DNS record ID’s for domains with DNS hosted in the RackSpace Cloud so I could use the information to interact with RackSpace Instances through RightScale. Various RightScale ServerTemplates such as the MySQL Cluster ServerTemplates require you to enter the exact DNS record ID as RightScale Inputs for the ServerTemplate. I am not sure why the record ID’s are not listed in a column in the RackSpace Cloud DNS management interface but regardless the below method of querying the RackSpace API make it fairly easy to obtain them regardless.