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Get AWS temporary credentials ready to export based on a MFA virtual appliance
You might want to secure your AWS operations requiring to use a MFA token. But then to use API or tools, you need to pass credentials generated with a MFA token. This commands asks you for the MFA code and retrieves these credentials using AWS Cli. To print the exports, you can use: `awk '{ print "export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=\"" $1 "\"\n" "export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=\"" $2 "\"\n" "export AWS_SESSION_TOKEN=\"" $3 "\"" }'` You must adapt the command line to include: * $MFA_IDis ARN of the virtual MFA or serial number of the physical one * TTL for the credentials

Connect-back shell using Bash built-ins
Connect-back shell using Bash built-ins. Useful in a web app penetration test, if it's the case of a locked down environment, without the need for file uploads or a writable directory. -- /dev/tcp and /dev/udb redirects must be enabled at compile time in Bash. Most Linux distros enable this feature by default but at least Debian is known to disable it. --

create a colorful 田 image

Change the default editor for modifying the sudoers list.
On Ubuntu, the default editor for visudo is nano. To change the editor to something else (e.g., vi) use this command.

find directory with most inodes/files
Find which directory in one filesystem that contains most inodes or files.

Number of CPU's in a system
this works for a Linux based system, other UNIX systems may have other way(s) to check the number of CPUs.

shows history of logins on the server
outputs a history of logins on the server (top 10, when piped to 'head'); optional flags: '-a' put the hostname at the end of the line (good for long hostnames), '-i' post the IP instead of the hostname, '-F' put the full login and logout times, rather than short times.

Check if a web page has changed last time checked.
Checks if a web page has changed. Put it into cron to check periodically. Change and [email protected] for your needs.

route add default gateway

List only locally modified files with CVS

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