Sunday, January 30, 2011

Inguma Is Back – The Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Research Toolkit

A new version has just been released almost 3 years later with some major changes and a big GUI revamp. Inguma is a penetration testing toolkit entirely written in python. The framework includes modules to discover hosts, gather information about, fuzz targets, brute force user names and passwords and, of course, exploits. While the current exploitation capabilities in Inguma may be limited, this program provides numerous tools for information gathering and target auditing.

There are some good docs to get you up and running too:
The announcement from the developers blog is here: We are back
Download Inguma 0.2 here: inguma-0.2.tar.gz
Or read more here.

Nmap v.5.50 Released

A primary focus of this release is the Nmap Scripting Engine, which has allowed Nmap to expand up the protocol stack and take network discovery to the next level. Nmap can now query all sorts of application protocols, including web servers, databases, DNS servers,FTP, and now even Gopher servers! Remember those? These capabilities are in self-contained libraries and scripts to avoid bloating Nmap's core engine.

The actual NSE engine became more powerful as well. Newtargets support allows scripts like dns-zone-xfer and dns-service-discovery to add discovered hosts to Nmap's scan queue. We also added a brute forcing engine, network broadcast script support, and two new script scanning phases known as prerule and postrule.
This release isn't just about NSE. We also added the Nping packet probing and analysis tool ( in 5.35DC1.Version 5.50 improves Nping further with an innovative new echo mode (


Monday, January 17, 2011

Acer Concept Laptop Features No Keyboards, Two Touchscreens

Acer introduces a concept product that they think could lead the next level of laptops. The Iconia features two capacitive touchscreens, both with 1,366 x 768 resolution, and no keyboard as it is replaced by the second touchscreen. The idea behind this creation is that having two touchscreens increases what users can do with the device.
Despite having dual screens, the Iconia is still supposed to function as a laptop. This means that there is only one way to view it, with one screen functioning as the navigator and keyboard, and that it cannot be unfolded in such a way that it becomes a giant tablet.
By design, the insides of this concept device include a Core i5 processor, integrated graphics set, 4GB of DDR3, a 2.5-inch HDD, 3G connectivity, and a USB 3.0 port. Expect this spec list to change, however, as it nears mass production. That is, if it comes to that.
Software-wise, the Iconia features a suite of touch-based apps such as a journal, a scrap book, and a social stream. The main feature of the second screen is the “Acer Ring” and gesture editor, which enable users to utilize the device by “grabbing” the screen or putting their palms on it. However, the device is supposed to run on Windows 7, which is not that friendly when it comes to touch-based navigation.
The Acer Iconia has promise. Let’s see if that holds true once the actual product is out.

Source: CrunchGear

Victorinox Slim Flight USB Drive

Victorinox is more widely known for its quality pocket knives and watches. But it has recently moved on to develop other products that are just as known for their quality. Victorinox has even upgraded its line of pocket knives to include the now essential flash drive. And just recently, the company has announced a new airplane-friendly version called the Victorinox Slim Flight USB Drive.
The Victorinox Slim Flight USB Drive is designed to look like just one of its more popular pocket knives. But since sharp objects have become prohibited object to bring into airports. The Victorinox Slim Flight is bladeless and only contains a 64GB USB Flash Drive. The Victorinox Slim Flight USB Drive provides a secure back up drive since it comes with secure data encryption technology and is also waterproof and durable. The drives can also be removed and swapped with a higher capacity USB drive later on. The Victorinox Slim Flight is set to be available any time this month. No word yet on its pricing.
Image Source: Victorinox

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Moovida Core media player

Immersed Media Center view

Two big changes have landed since our last, albeit acerbic, look at the player: a new ‘theme’ and the introduction of ‘Moovida Immersed’ – a beautiful 3D interface for browsing your video library.

Having ditched its buff gray and familiar Banshee layout for something a bit different Moovida has moved away from looking like nothing more than ‘Banshee for Windows’. The players controls have been moved to the bottom of the app window, a ‘genre’ pane has wiggled into the filter pane and a deadly black colour scheme tries to exude ‘slickness’ but, in all honestly, just looks naff.

The gold is in the ‘Moovida Immersed’ view. This super slick 3D animated view runs full screen and is designed to be used with an apple remote (of all things), although navigation with a keyboard still works if you’re wanting a quick play around. The screenshot below doesn’t quite capture just how fluid the interface is when browsing – if you have Windows knocking about on a partition I highly suggest giving Moovida a whirl.

Moovida is currently in Beta for Windows. Download from

Filesystem Hierarchy Standard

The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS) defines the main directories and their contents in Linux operating systems. For the most part, it is a formalization and extension of the traditional BSD filesystem hierarchy.

Directory structure

In the FHS all files and directories appear under the root directory "/", even if they are stored on different physical devices. Note however that some of these directories may or may not be present on a Unix system depending on whether certain subsystems, such as the X Window System, are installed.
The majority of these directories exist in all UNIX operating systems and are generally used in much the same way; however, the descriptions here are those used specifically for the FHS, and are not considered authoritative for platforms other than Linux.

Directory Description
/ Primary hierarchy root and root directory of the entire file system hierarchy.
/bin/ Essential command binaries that need to be available in single user mode; for all users, e.g.catlscp.
/boot/ Boot loader files, e.g.kernelsinitrd; often a separate partition
/dev/ Essential devicese.g./dev/null.
/etc/ Host-specific system-wide configuration files
There has been controversy over the meaning of the name, but in early versions of the UNIX Implementation Document from Bell labs, the section for /etc is clearly commented as etcetra directory, as this directory historically held everything that did not belong elsewhere (though in FHS it is clearly restricted to static configuration files and may not contain binaries)Alternative meanings that have been suggested, such as "Editable Text Configuration" or "Extended Tool Chest" are almost certainlybackronyms that were introduced much later on

Configuration files for /opt/.

Configuration files for the X Window System, version 11.

Configuration files for SGML.

Configuration files for XML.
/home/ Users' home directories, containing saved files, personal settings, etc.; normally a separate partition.
/lib/ Libraries essential for the binaries in /bin/ and /sbin/.
/media/ Mount points for removable media such as CD-ROMs (appeared in FHS-2.3).
/mnt/ Temporarily mounted filesystems.
/opt/ Optional application software packages
/proc/ Virtual filesystem documenting kernel and process status as text files, e.g., uptime, network. In Linux, corresponds to a Procfs mount.
/root/ Home directory for the root user.
/sbin/ Essential system binaries, e.g., init, ip, mount.
/srv/ Site-specific data which is served by the system.
/tmp/ Temporary files (see also /var/tmp). Often not preserved between system reboots.
/usr/ Secondary hierarchy for read-only user data; contains the majority of (multi-)user utilities and applications.

Non-essential command binaries (not needed in single user mode); for all users.

Standard include files.

Libraries for the binaries in /usr/bin/ and /usr/sbin/.

Non-essential system binaries, e.g.daemons for various network-services.

Architecture-independent (shared) data.

Source codee.g., the kernel source code with its header files.

X Window System, Version 11, Release 6.

Tertiary hierarchy for local data, specific to this host. Typically has further subdirectories, e.g.bin/lib/share/.
Variable files—files whose content is expected to continually change during normal operation of the system—such as logs, spool files, and temporary e-mail files. Sometimes a separate partition.

Application cache data. Such data is locally generated as a result of time-consuming I/O or calculation. The application must be able to regenerate or restore the data. The cached files can be deleted without data loss

State information. Persistent data modified by programs as they run, e.g., databases, packaging system metadata, etc.

Lock files. Files keeping track of resources currently in use.

Log files. Various logs.

Users' mailboxes.

Information about the running system since last boot, e.g., currently logged-in users and running daemons.

Spool for tasks waiting to be processed, e.g., print queues and unread mail.

Deprecated location for users' mailboxes.

Temporary files to be preserved between reboots.

Friday, January 14, 2011


inssider 2

inSSIDer 2 will display all Wi-Fi access points within range and display their MAC address, SSID, RSSI, Channel, Vendor, Encryption, Max Rate and Network Type. Use the filters feature to quickly sort through long lists of access points.

Great news for Linux users! inSSIDer 2, a very popular free/open source Wi-Fi network scanner for Windows Vista and Windows XP is now available for Linux

Download inSSIDer 2 for Linux (currently alpha) - includes .deb and .rpm files.


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