Some modern themes for your Linux desktop.

Themes This blog post: has a list of links and screenshots that show a themed desktop that looks roughly like Windows 10. This does need more work. But I am sure that you could make a Linux desktop resemble Windows 10 if you so wished. In time, there will be an actual Windows 10 […]

Find where an executable is on your Linux system.

Finding the location of an installed program can be annoying. But this is how to find where a program is. The whereis(1) command will print out the installed locations of various programs. darkstar:~/Documents> whereis tcsh tcsh: /usr/bin/tcsh /bin/tcsh /usr/share/man/man1/tcsh.1.gz The find command will also allow you to locate an executable. darkstar:~/Documents> find /bin -name "ls" […]

How to fork off a process from a program in C. Simple netcat example.

This post will explain how to fork() off a daemon process from a program in C. This is good if you wish to run a process on a machine after the program has finished and you have been returned to the command prompt. The sample program below uses the int daemon(int nochdir, int noclose); function […]

A simple random number routine in C.

This is a simple random number example in C. This will print a random number from 1 – 64. #include <stdio.h> #include <stdlib.h>   int main (void) {   srand(time(NULL)); int r = rand() % 64;   printf("Random INT: %i\n", r);   return 0; } This code is a simple netcat implementation that will open […]

Cracking an SSH login using hydra on Debian GNU/Linux.

The hydra brute forcing program allows a user to attack a login trying many passwords until the correct login information is discovered. I have tried this on localhost and I managed to crack the password for my SSH login on my laptop. I used rockyou.txt downloaded from this website and I had to add my […]

Useful C tricks and code samples.

How to define a string and print it out with the printf() function. #include <stdio.h>   /* Defining a global string. */   #define hi "Hello Sire."   int main(void) { /* Printing out the string. */ printf("%s\n", hi);   return 0; } How to run the /bin/sh executable with some C code. #include <stdlib.h> […]

Debian 8 still stores WIFI passwords in plain text.

The /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections directory in Debian and Ubuntu stores files that are named after the WIFI networks you have connected to. These contain the passwords for the wireless networks that your machine has connected to. Here is a sample file. [connection] id=detportal uuid=539c7711-95ba-4f0a-8797-33d32ec779d7 type=802-11-wireless   [802-11-wireless] ssid=detportal mode=infrastructure security=802-11-wireless-security   [802-11-wireless-security] key-mgmt=wpa-psk psk=detportal   [ipv4] method=auto […]

Get hardware information with the Linux command line on Debian.

The hwinfo command for Linux will allow the user to get hardware information from the command line. Type sudo apt-get install hwinfo to install this command. It will be installed in the /sbin directory and therefore, you will need superuser privileges to execute this command and get the hardware information. jason@darkstar:~$ sudo apt-get install hwinfo […]

Cracking a WPA2 .cap file with aircrack-ng on Debian Linux. Hacking a wifi network.


I had captured a handshake when I connected my phone to my WIFI at home using wifite. This allowed me to test out the aircrack suite to crack a WIFI passkey. This captured the WPA2 handshake when I reconnected my phone to my wireless network. I am using aircrack-ng against my .cap file with the […]

Jumping on the Windows 10 bandwagon too early.

A lot of users are jumping on the Windows 10 upgrade bandwagon too early. This operation system has been in development for a while, but upgrading straight after release is not the best option. Best to wait until after everyone else has been installing the operating system and has reported their problems to Microsoft to […]

Useful Linux weblinks. Very interesting information. Debugging Under Unix: gdb Tutorial. Setting up the Metasploit framework in Kali Linux. Using the netdiscover command on Linux to scan for hosts on a network. Watch Netflix on Ubuntu with the Google Chrome browser and ditch Windows on your media center machine. How to list only directories when using […]

How to search for files on a Windows machine with the command line. And some other useful tricks.

This command will search a directory recursively to find files matching a pattern. C:\Users\Homer>where /R C:\Users\homer\Documents *.txt C:\Users\Homer\Documents\age-of-ultron-script-outline.txt C:\Users\Homer\Documents\windows10key.txt C:\Users\Homer\Documents\Downloads\Linux The Complete Manual 2nd Edition (TRUE PDF)\Torrent downloaded from C:\Users\Homer\Documents\Downloads\Linux The Complete Manual 2nd Edition (TRUE PDF)\Torrent Downloaded From C:\Users\Homer\Documents\Downloads\Linux The Complete Manual 2nd Edition (TRUE PDF)\tracked_by_h33t_com.txt C:\Users\Homer\Documents\Downloads\Linux The Complete Manual 2nd Edition […]

How to get information out of the system logfiles on Linux. Showing failed logins.

There are a few ways to get information out of the /var/log files using the Linux command line. Here are a few examples. Show the history of apt commands on your Linux box with this command. jason@eyjafjallajkull:~$ grep ‘Commandline: ‘ /var/log/apt/history.log Commandline: apt-get upgrade Commandline: apt-get install gnome-alsamixer Commandline: apt-get install indicator-sound-switcher Commandline: apt-get upgrade […]

Use the netdiscover command to find hosts on your local LAN.

The netdiscover utility will list all connected hosts on your local LAN. This is useful for scanning a network and determining which hosts are online. I used this command to scan an IP range starting with jason@darkstar:~$ sudo netdiscover -r Currently scanning: Finished! | Screen View: Unique Hosts   17 Captured ARP Req/Rep […]

How to convert a Wikipedia article to a text file using the Linux command line.

The wikipedia2text command allows a command line user on Debian to output the contents of a Wikipedia article to a text file on your hard drive. Install this command this way: jason@darkstar:~/Documents$ sudo apt-get install wikipedia2text Then convert an article this way. jason@darkstar:~/Documents$ wikipedia2text Debian > Debian.txt I enter the name of the article I […]