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Monthly Archives: August 2008

Beansec 08 08

The August 08 Beansec was a great success! We filled the entire club with people till well past 10pm. A special thanks goes out to Zach Lanier and Dan O’Neill who picked up the tab for drinks and food in Hoff’s absence. If you see them online or in person make sure you say “thanks” […]

MBTA security fail

In light of the events of last week I couldn’t help but be amused by this dialog box floating on a turnstile display in the central square T stop. EDIT: my cell phone camera takes lousy pictures. The text reads: Program: D:/FOAAA/ File: sprintf.c Line: 94

Security or convenience: Apple chooses poorly

My powerbook is in the third year of its life and as such has begun falling apart on a regular basis. I’ve had the laptop in for repair at least five times this year alone. Every time I bring my laptop in Apple employees ask me the same question. “What is your administrator password?” The […]

Unrescuable ruby error

I’ve been working on some DNS resolution code for a while now. It is multithreaded using event machine. The resolution code is wrapped in a begin/rescue statement yet it still errors out occasionally with the following error that I have never been able to rescue. /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/dnsruby-1.1/lib/Dnsruby/select_thread.rb:147:in `select’: time interval must be positive (ArgumentError) from /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/dnsruby-1.1/lib/Dnsruby/select_thread.rb:147:in […]

Domestic Terrorism Definition

I hope this purported FBI flyer is a fake. I hope that the FBI doesn’t actually define domestic terrorism as: groups or individuals operating entirely inside the US attempting to influence the US government or population to effect political or social change by engaging in criminal activity. My understanding of what made terrorists a special […]

The never ending robots.txt

While looking over logs for a server of mine I decided to write some code that would help me deter someone sniffing my server for weaknesses. The first thing I decided to write was a robots.txt file that had a few different qualities. 1) It would never end 2) It would not bog down the […]

MIT students sued By MBTA over research

Three students have been sued by MBTA over research that was to be presented at Defcon this weekend. The complaint by the MBTA lists over (7) counts for damages including “affect[ing] a computer system used by the government entity for national security purposes”. What is unclear is whether or not the researchers provided or attempted […]


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Granted Wish: Traceroute pickling in scapy

A friend of mine sent in a script that worked for him. #!/usr/bin/env python import scapy, pickle # pickler tr, un = scapy.traceroute([“”]) f = open(“/tmp/pickle-out”, “w”) p = pickle.Pickler(f) p.dump(tr) f.close() # unpickler f = open(“/tmp/pickle-out”, “r”) u = pickle.Unpickler(f) tr = u.load() print ” Original tr:—————————-” tr.display() I still couldn’t get this to […]