NetApp Shell Commands

One of the guys I work with sent me a link to an article on Kings Pride and I decided to post them here.  Mostly, so I can find them again later when need them later. Any how, from Kings Pride here’s the details on how to invoke a Java based shell on a NetApp. Here’s the link to the … Read More

Facebook and Privacy

So Facebook has made some changes to privacy that I didn’t like much.  Thought I’d pass it on.  The new change is that if one of your friends uses a Facebook application (any application) and it requests personal information, Facebook will share that information to them without your knowledge.  So even if you don’t want your birthday published to anyone … Read More

The Importance of Backups and the SMB

Today we had a really bad thing that happened, but it ended up not mattering at all.  One of my clients was busy doing some work and accidentally deleted a directory with about 1 GB of data in it. I got a very worried email from them and if it could be restored.  Fortunately, we had recently implemented a new … Read More

Reconnoiter featured on Pauldotcom Podcast

The last week was really busy while I prepared to do my presentation at the Utah Open Source Conference.  While I was engaged in this process I got a message from Larry Pesce of the Pauldotcom Podcast.  He had some updates to Reconnoiter and wanted to shoot them over to me.  He said that he would be doing a tech … Read More

UTOS 2009 Presentation Resources

On Friday October 9th at 12:00 PM I will be speaking at the Utah Open Source Conference on how to put together a kit of security tools using open source software.  I discuss a fictional company that we work at and some of the things that we can put in place to help secure the environment and handle some of … Read More

New Open Source Project Created – Reconnoiter

Earlier this month I decided to take the scripts for username generation and roll them into an open source project.  There were a couple of reasons for doing so.  First, I needed source control hosting and SourceForge provides that for free as long as you release the project to the public.  Second, I want to expand the scope of it … Read More

Speaking at the 2009 Utah Open Source Conference

Last month I sent the Utah Open Source Conference a proposal for a presentation on “Building an Open Source Security Tool Set“.  Presentations are voted on by the registered attendees and the other folks who have submitted a presentation.  When I was making my votes, I saw that there were a lot of great abstracts.  In fact, there were a … Read More

Scripts to Generate Usernames

I’ve written a couple of posts about a script I wrote to generate usernames.  Since then I’ve written another script that uses Yahoo’s XML API and both of them have been included in SamuraiWTF.  It’s been pretty cool to see people try out something that I wrote and find it useful to them.  The scripts are still pretty rough and … Read More


Mike Patterson on the Pauldotcom mailing list commented that he thought could use handling for middle names.  The template that he suggested was of first initial, middle initial and last name.  I think he’s right.  Originally I had the script avoid middle names or initials, but I went back and added the format Mike requested. So here it is.  … Read More

Need usernames? Ask Google what Linkedin has!

I wanted to do some testing on access controls to a SQL server recently, but I needed to a decent password list and username list. Password lists are fairly straight forward to find and I used an excellent how to from the Pauldotcom Podcast to create my password list. Next I needed a list of usernames. To be effective, it … Read More