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Next time you are leaching off of someone else's wifi use this command before you start your bittorrent ...for legitimate files only of course.
It creates a hexidecimal string using md5sum from the first few lines of /dev/urandom and splices it into the proper MAC address format. Then it changes your MAC and resets your wireless (wlan0:0).
put down the joint and rtfm :)
grep -o puts each occurrence in a separate line
I don't know why this ain't written as simply as it is. I always see it's just used as parameter, like: vi `!!`
But i use it to repeat a command, as i always work on several shells and check the result of one shell on a second.
The -p parameter tell the netstat to display the PID and name of the program to which each socket belongs or in digestible terms list the program using the net.Hope you know what pipe symbol means!
Presently we wish to only moniter tcp connections so we ask grep to scan for string tcp, now from the op of grep tcp we further scan for regular expression /[a-z]*.
Wonder what that means ?
If we look at the op of netstat -p we can see that the name of the application is preceded by a / ( try netstat -p ) so,now i assume application name contains only characters a to z (usually this is the case) hope now it makes some sense.Regular expression /[a-z]* means to scan a string that start with a / and contains zero or more characters from the range a-z !!. Foof .. is t
If you frequently need to connect to your ubersecure mainframe from various uberunsafe machines, you have to face difficult decision: (a) type the password everytime during the session (lame), (b) add local public key to mainframes authorized_keys file (unsafe), (c) as above, but remove this key at the end of the session (pain in the a55). So let's say you save The Command to tempauth file in bin directory of your mainframe's account and make it executable. Then, while you're on one of these unsafe ones, do:
cat $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa.pub|ssh email@example.com bin/tempauth 30
and password prompts stop the harassment for 30 minutes and you don't have to care to remove the unsafe key after that.
Say you want to execute 'file' on the command 'top' (to determine what type of file it is); but you don't know where 'top' resides: preface the argument with = and zsh will implicitly prepend the path.
Sometimes it is handy to be able to list contents of a tar file within a compressed archive, such as 7Zip in this instance, without having to extract the archive first. This is especially helpful when dealing with larger sized files.
say you want to edit your PATH variable using bash/zsh commandline editing, this will put something like this in history so you can edit it:
to make this a shell function such that:
will put /home/dave in the last history event:
print -s "$1='$(eval echo \$$1)'"
Don't track in history commands starting with whitespace.
Moreover ignore duplicates from history.
To be set in .bashrc
$ export HISTCONTROL=ignoreboth
$ echo antani
$ history|grep -c antani
say you've just found all the config files with this command
find . -name '*.config'
and you need to edit them all
will re-execute the command and present them to vi in the argument list
don't use if the list is really long as it may overflow the command buffer
grep's -c outputs how may matches there are for a given file as "file:N", cut takes the N's and awk does the sum.
I often use "vim -p" to open in tabs rather than buffers.
You got some results in two variables within your shell script and would like to find the differences? Changes in process lists, reworked file contents, ... . No need to write to temporary files. You can use all the diff parameters you'll need. Maybe anything like $ grep "^>"
is helpful afterwards.
Let dd use direct I/O to write directly to the disk without any caching. You'll encounter very different results with different block sizes (try with 1k, 4k, 1M, ... and appropriate count values).
This will create the file /tmp/pkgdetails, which will contain a listing of all the files installed on your RPM-based system (RedHat, Fedora, CentOS, etc). Useful should the RPM system/database become corrupted to find which package installed which files.
Note, the [remotePort] should be opened in the firewall first. First, start the destination box listening, then fire off the sending box. Data from the /dev/zero device in memory of the source machine is read out using dd, sent over the network with nc, and read back in from the other side of the network with nc, going to the /dev/null device. Essentially, it is a memory-network-memory copy operation, the output of dd will tell you how fast your network really is performing.
In Debian based distros, this command will list 'binutils' package details which contains 'nm' command. You can replace 'nm' to any other command.
Depending on the speed of you system, amount of RAM, and amount of free disk space, you can find out practically how fast your disks really are. When it completes, take the number of MB copied, and divide by the line showing the "real" number of seconds. In the sample output, the cached value shows a write speed of 178MB/s, which is unrealistic, while the calculated value using the output and the number of seconds shows it to be more like 35MB/s, which is feasible.
Scan for open ports on the target device/computer (192.168.0.10) while setting up a decoy address (192.168.0.2). This will show the decoy ip address instead of your ip in targets security logs. Decoy address needs to be alive. Check the targets security log at /var/log/secure to make sure it worked.
ps command gives the possibility to display information with custom formatting with the -o options followed by the format specifier list.
Redirects the contents of your clipboard through a pipe, to a remote machine via SSH.