Follow-up on Skype: PhoneGaim

Follow-up on Skype post:

PhoneGaim looks like a very strong potential Skype-killer.
1. Its Gaim- an already heavily adopted messaging client.
2. There are actual plans for calls to the regular phone system.
3. You can test out calling to landlines FREE for 5 minutes EVERY DAY.

So unless Google acquires Skype and adds their trademarked "free love" like they just did to Picasa, Skype might die young.

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The Joy of Trackbacks

See that thing at the bottom of each entry called "Trackbacks"? Its a nifty feature that lets one blog know that another has referenced it; a very cool way of interconnecting the blog-verse.
If your blog uses the "Movable Type" system, you should go into Preferences and select "Allow pings by default" and "Turn on Trackback auto-discovery" to make sure your blog is always doing the Trackback dance. I'm not sure of the full extent to which other services offer Trackback, but if you're on "Blogger, Blogspot, Diaryland, Diary-X, iBlog, Newspro, Pitas, and many other..." services, you can sign up for free at and join in on the fun.

Note to blog.kordix bloggers- I have personally set up Trackbacks for each and every one of you. If you want Trackbacks on old entries, you'll have to edit each one and select "Allow Pings" individually.

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Firefox: Livemarks

Whoa! Check out nightly builds of Firefox (0.9.1+) and you'll find a new feature called Livemarks (thanks redemption in a blog).

It takes RSS feeds and gives you a clever way to view them comfortably from Firefox.


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'The Matrix' hack

WARNING: Nerdy Linux geek speak ahead.
In the process of messing around with my different Linux boxen and virtual-boxen ala VMware (read: rooting my own boxes for fun and profit, minus the profit), I have come to realize that the first hack we see on the original 'The Matrix' is a perfectly realistic hack.

Wake up, Neo.

I remember seeing the movie when it first came out and thinking "Yeah, right- that's so cheesy" when Neo's screen goes black and the words "Wake up, Neo." are typed onto the screen. But in reality, there is minimal cheese involved. To recreate the scene from one of your computers to the other:

1. Get logged in remotely as r00t by one of these methods:
a . SSH into the box (we know Trinity loves SSH from Matrix:Reloaded) with a shell account and exploit a local vulnerability to elevate your priviledges to r00t.
b. Use a remote exploit that throws a r00t shell
c. ?

2. Execute the command 'ps aux | grep X' to see the list of running processes, singling out the X server (the windowing system). Note it's PID.

3. You can execute the 'w' command to see who is all logged into the box, and note the TTYs, but the X server is usually running on /dev/tty1, so we can assume it is that and skip this step.

4. Kill the process for X, bringing the victim to a blank terminal.

5. Execute 'echo "Wake up, Neo." > /dev/tty1', assuming the terminal the victim will be dropped to is on tty1, the default. This will place the words "Wake up, Neo." on your victim's screen.

6. You can keep sending messages to their screen in this manner, remembering to execute 'clear > /dev/tty1' to clear the screen between messages. If you want the screen to type the letters one at a time the way Trinity did to Neo, you can wget a nice little app called 'dirthy' from packetstorm.


And make sure to clear the screen one final time when someone knocks on the door and your victim looks away from the screen.

Linux is used in this example. There is no real reason why you shouldn't be able to take those same steps on any *nix system, adjusting commands accordingly.

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The Personal


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