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Archive for the ‘*nix’ Category

nmap for Windows: ncat as a TCP client to servers

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/11/16

Downloads are from a bit cryptic page [WayBack] Download the Free Nmap Security Scanner for Linux/Mac/Windows via [WayBack] Windows | Nmap Network Scanning.

An alternative is to go to [WayBack] nmap.org/dist, then search for the bottom most files having .exe or .zip extensions.

It is much more modern than netcat (see some links on that below) and has elaborate documentation:

As a comparison some netcat links:

–jeroen

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Find the TTL for a domain and subdomain by getting to the authoritative nameserver first

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/11/15

Lets find the authoritative name server and TTL (time to live) for the example.org domain and www.example.org subdomain.

Notes:

1a: get parents of name servers

First start with a root server (dig: getting the list of root servers) to get parents of the name servers for example.org (don’t you love indirection!):

$ dig +norecurse +noall +authority @f.root-servers.net. example.org.
org.            172800  IN  NS  a0.org.afilias-nst.info.
org.            172800  IN  NS  a2.org.afilias-nst.info.
org.            172800  IN  NS  b0.org.afilias-nst.org.
org.            172800  IN  NS  b2.org.afilias-nst.org.
org.            172800  IN  NS  c0.org.afilias-nst.info.
org.            172800  IN  NS  d0.org.afilias-nst.org.

You can repeat this query for 2 more root servers to ensure they are in sync.

1b: get authoritative name servers from the parents

Now repeat with at least 3 of these to ensure they give matching results for the name servers for example.org:

$ dig +norecurse +noall +authority @b0.org.afilias-nst.info. example.org.
example.org.        86400   IN  NS  b.iana-servers.net.
example.org.        86400   IN  NS  a.iana-servers.net.
$ dig +norecurse +noall +authority @c0.org.afilias-nst.info. example.org.
example.org.        86400   IN  NS  a.iana-servers.net.
example.org.        86400   IN  NS  b.iana-servers.net.
$ dig +norecurse +noall +authority @a0.org.afilias-nst.info. example.org.
example.org.        86400   IN  NS  a.iana-servers.net.
example.org.        86400   IN  NS  b.iana-servers.net.

2a: getting the domain name servers from a public name server

A query to a public DNS server will also return a name server list, but then you would need to know that name server first. In addition, you can not ask for +authority; you have to ask for +answer NS in stead:

$ dig +norecurse +noall +answer NS @8.8.8.8 example.org.
example.org.        55312   IN  NS  a.iana-servers.net.
example.org.        55312   IN  NS  b.iana-servers.net.

The name servers on the list are not guaranteed to be authoritative, as this query returns an empty result:

$ dig +norecurse +noall +authority @8.8.8.8 example.org.

2b. ensuring the name servers are authoritative name servers

From the name servers returned, you can now check if the servers themselves return the same name servers. If so, then you are sure they are authoritative:

$ dig +norecurse +noall +authority @a.iana-servers.net. example.org.
example.org.        86400   IN  NS  a.iana-servers.net.
example.org.        86400   IN  NS  b.iana-servers.net.
$ dig +norecurse +noall +authority @b.iana-servers.net. example.org.
example.org.        86400   IN  NS  b.iana-servers.net.
example.org.        86400   IN  NS  a.iana-servers.net.

3: get the actual TTL

With the authoritative name servers, you can get the actual TTL:

$ dig +norecurse +noall +answer SOA @a.iana-servers.net. example.org.
example.org.        3600    IN  SOA sns.dns.icann.org. noc.dns.icann.org. 2017042729 7200 3600 1209600 3600
$ dig +norecurse +noall +multiline +answer SOA @a.iana-servers.net. example.org.
example.org.        3600 IN SOA sns.dns.icann.org. noc.dns.icann.org. (
                2017042729 ; serial
                7200       ; refresh (2 hours)
                3600       ; retry (1 hour)
                1209600    ; expire (2 weeks)
                3600       ; minimum (1 hour)
                )

I got the +multiline trick from [WayBackHOWTO: Using dig(1) to Find DNS Time to Live (TTL) Values – A-Team Systems.

4: get the count down TTL from a local name server

You can repeat the above process with a non-authoritative name server a few times to see the TTL decrease:

$ dig +norecurse +noall +answer SOA example.org.
example.org.        322 IN  SOA sns.dns.icann.org. noc.dns.icann.org. 2017042729 7200 3600 1209600 3600
$ dig +norecurse +noall +answer SOA example.org.
example.org.        321 IN  SOA sns.dns.icann.org. noc.dns.icann.org. 2017042729 7200 3600 1209600 3600

This is for instance what is returned by [WayBackexample.org DNS information – who.is example.org DNS information. DNS records such SOA, TTL, MX, TXT and more.

Public DNS servers having multiple servers per IP can even run disperse TTL numbers, for instance Google DNS at 8.8.8.8 does this:

$ dig +norecurse +noall +answer SOA @8.8.8.8 example.org.
example.org.        13  IN  SOA sns.dns.icann.org. noc.dns.icann.org. 2017042729 7200 3600 1209600 3600
$ dig +norecurse +noall +answer SOA @8.8.8.8 example.org.
example.org.        1388    IN  SOA sns.dns.icann.org. noc.dns.icann.org. 2017042729 7200 3600 1209600 3600
$ dig +norecurse +noall +answer SOA @8.8.8.8 example.org.
example.org.        10  IN  SOA sns.dns.icann.org. noc.dns.icann.org. 2017042729 7200 3600 1209600 3600

Note that +nssearch does not work for me

Using +nssearch as per [WayBackHow to find what Authoritative Name Server provided the answer using dig? – Server Fault fails for me:

$ dig +nssearch example.org
SOA sns.dns.icann.org. noc.dns.icann.org. 2017042729 7200 3600 1209600 3600 from server 199.43.135.53 in 83 ms.
SOA sns.dns.icann.org. noc.dns.icann.org. 2017042729 7200 3600 1209600 3600 from server 199.43.133.53 in 144 ms.
;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached

This reveals this in the bold values:

  • The authoritative nameserver sns.dns.icann.org is not publicly accessible.
  • TTL 7200 (7200 seconds is 2 hours).

Future research

Authoritative answers might not be present in dig queries on some platforms. I need to dig deeper into [WayBackterminal – Dig not returning authority section? – Ask Different to see why.

Glue records are always tricky to get right: [WayBackHow to check domain NS glue records using dig « Admins eHow

–jeroen

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Zabbix user groups and user type

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/11/12

Like any product documentation, Zabbix’ is shattered and terse.

So here is how I ensured a specific user could edit the items of hosts:

  1. Added new user group named Administer Configuration Host Items containing user Example having these read-write composing permissions:
    • Applicatie ontwikkel test
    • Applicatie productie Approve demo VPN
    • servers Dbases Kantoor applicaties
  2. Changed User type of user named Example from Zabbix User to Zabbix Admin so access to the Configuration tab is granted.

See 2 Permissions [Zabbix Documentation 3.0] for User type explanation; excerpt:

Zabbix Admin: The user has access to the Monitoring and Configuration menus. The user has no access to any host groups by default. Any permissions to host groups must be explicitly given.

 

–jeroen

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How to Setup Chroot SFTP in Linux (Allow Only SFTP, not SSH)

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/11/07

I need to script this one day: [WayBackHow to Setup Chroot SFTP in Linux (Allow Only SFTP, not SSH)

–jeroen

Posted in *nix, Awk, bash, Communications Development, Development, Internet protocol suite, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, SSH, TCP | Leave a Comment »

Some Computerphile videos starring Professor Brian Kernighan

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/11/06

Most you probably know [WayBackProfessor Brian Kernighan or the YouTube channel Computerphile (sister channel of Numberphile).

He stars in about half a dozen of their videos giving a nice insight in his contributions to the field and how well he can explain things.

Full videos are below; these are the titles:

BTW: If you like those youtube channels, check out [WayBackBrady Haran – Video Journalist who produces similar channels as well.

–jeroen

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