Archive for the ‘Security’ Category

Quickie: Problem accessing FTP using PHP

February 9th, 2015 No comments

One of our customer asked me to install and setup software to manage FTP storage via web page. We decided to insall ftp2net free version. I tested it at my testing server and there was no problem at all. At customer server I had problems. Installation went well. But when I tried to log to ftp2net website I received error that connection was refused. I decided to check if Safe mode is on. It was off. Then I checked if PHP restriction allow_url_fopen is on. It was on, so I turned it off. But website still didn’t work. I came to time when I started tcpdump and looked on network interfaces if there is any FTP traffic. There was none. When I tried FTP connection from shell on server, I could connect and I also saw FTP traffic via tcpdump. It was weird. Something blocked initialization of FTP connection for Apache processes.

I found solution after the lunch time 🙂 It was SELinux. It’s security feature for linux kernels. I had to run command:

setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect 1

This command disables SELinux protection which protected network connection made by httpd/apache processes.

I wanted to spend 10 minutes on this product, but I spent almost half of the day debugging this issue 🙂

Have a nice day,

Quickie: Use pfx certificate in linux

January 27th, 2015 No comments

When you export certificate in Windows with private key, you export it to .pfx file with password. When you want to use this certificate in linux you need to convert pfx file into .crt and .key files. You can use following commands to convert it:

[root@nagios]# openssl pkcs12 -in nagios.pfx -clcerts -nokeys -out nagios.crt
Enter Import Password:
MAC verified OK
[root@nagios]# openssl pkcs12 -in nagios.pfx -nocerts -nodes -out nagios.key
Enter Import Password:
MAC verified OK

Now you have two files .crt and .key which can be used in linux.

That’s all folks,

Categories: Linux, Microsoft, Quickie, Security Tags:

Quickie: Real location for virtualized files and registry keys when using UAC

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

This is just a note. When you have UAC (User Access Control) enabled and if application wants to write data into %ProgramFiles% all writes are redirected into %localappdata%\virtualstore\. If application writes into registry HKLM\Software it is redirected to HKCU\Software\Classes\VirtualStore.

That’s all folks,


Quickie: Clean up your bash history

September 30th, 2014 No comments

Sometimes when you work on linux in bash you don’t want to leave commands in bash history (.bash_history). Easy way to clean it up it’s to run following command:


Now your bash history will be not accessible and not saved when you logoff.


Quickie: Default Synology Console password

July 10th, 2014 No comments

I had little problem with Synology 814+ and I couldn’t get into Web management. So I connected to console (speed of serial console is 115200). I was able to see a console, but I was not able to login into console. I was looking for default password and I found out that Synology generates password for admin and root by actucal date. More about is here. When your Synology doesn’t have access to Internet’s NTP server, it has local date 01/01/2001. So it means default console password is 101-0101 if Synology doens’t have access to Internet.

I hope this saves at least hour of your time 🙂

DFSR not copying all temporary files

June 6th, 2014 No comments

I implemented DFSR replication in our customer between two locations. There are people opening same files on both locations and they want to use Office document locking feature. This locking mechanism is based on creation of temporary files (~*). So I removed file exception (~*) from DFSR Replicaiton Group and allowed to replicate temporary Office files. When I create and open Word document on one location two files are were: WORD.docx and ~$WORD.docx. And when I created new Excel document two files were created: EXCEL.xlsx and ~$EXCEL.xlsx.

Creation of temporary filesOn other location only two files were replicated (created): WORD.xlsx and ~$WORD.xlsx:

Replicated filesWhen I closed Word and Excel temporary files dissapeared and docx and xlsx files replicated correctly.

So let’s look why those files were not replicated. In some Technet articles I found that DFSR doesn’t replicate temporary files. More info is here and here.

It’s nice to know that DFSR doesn’t replicate files marked as temporary. So let’s look at those opened Word and Excel files.


File attrib

– Only archive attribute set (0x20)


File attrib– Archive attribute (0x20) and Hidden (0x02)


File attrib– Only archive attribute set (0x20)


File attrib

So utility fsutil cannot open data from this file. It looks that Excel opens its files different way as Word does. And that’s why file ~$EXCEL.xlsx didn’t copy to other location, because DFSR cannot access this file while it’s opened in Excel.

This Excel behaviour causes that Office locking mechanism is not working over DFSR.

Let’s hope Microsoft will fix this in other release Office 🙂

Have a nice day,

Problem with issuing certificate to domain controllers

June 6th, 2014 No comments

I have experienced same problem in two customers within four days. I had server with operating system Windows Server 2012 R2. I installed role Active Directory Certificate Services with default settings. Also default certificate templates were installed. One of the default certificate templates is called Domain Controller and it should be enrolled automatically to all domain controllers using autoenrollment method.

Certification Template

Certificates didn’t autoenroll to domain controllers so I tried to enroll certificate manually. I received following error:

Error: The RPC server is unavailable. 0x800706ba (WIN32: 1722 RPC_S_SERVER_UNAVAILABLE)

CA Error

After couple of minutes of debugging I found out that it should have something to do with security of accessing DCOM object. When I have looked on DCOM security settings I found some domain group called CERTSVC_DCOM_ACCESS. I tried to google for this and I found out that this group should contain all domain members that want to enroll certificate using DCOM. And it was missing “Domain Controllers” group:


I just inserted group “Domain Controllers” into domain group CERTSVC_DCOM_ACCESS. Rebooted domain controllers, they had to get new group membership, and everything started to work as expected.

More info here and here.

That’s all for today,

How to implement Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol

April 8th, 2014 4 comments

Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol known as WPAD is protocol used by web browsers to locate URL of configuration file using DHCP or DNS.

How does it work?

Computer running web browser must be configured to detect settings automaticaly. It can be turned on in Internet Explorer:

When this browser starts it detects WPAD URL. If browser supports DHCP discovery it will send DHCPINFORM query on network asking for WPAD option. If client doesn’t get DHCP answer it will try DNS query. Let’s assume we have local domain expo.domain.local. Client will try following URLs:

  • http://wpad.expo.domain.local/wpad.dat
  • http://wpad.domain.local/wpad.dat

When this DNS is not successful browser will try URL with NetBios name http://wpad/wpad.dat.

This behaviour can depend on WPAD implementation in browser. Some browser doesn’t use DHCP detection. Some will try also http://wpad.local/wpad.dat URL. I will write only about Internet Explorer behaviour.

Finally when browser gets wpad.dat file from WPAD URL it will parse this file and set proxy settings described in wpad.dat file.

How to make it work?

Let’s assume we have DHCP and DNS services running on Windows Server. We also need IIS installed on server. First of all we need to create new IIS Website:

We will bind this website to port 80 and Host name will be set to wpad.domain.local. We will create new directory C:\inetpub\wpad where website will point. Second, we need to define new MIME type in IIS. Click on IIS server name in IIS console. Then click on MIME Types:

On right side click on action Add.. and define new MIME type (.dat – application/x-ns-proxy-autoconfig):

In directory C:\inetpub\wpad create new file called wpad.dat with following content:

function FindProxyForURL(url, host) {

if(shExpMatch(url,"*intranet/*")) { return "DIRECT"; }

if(shExpMatch(url,"*.domain.local/*")) { return "DIRECT"; }

if(shExpMatch(url,"10.0.*")) { return "DIRECT"; }

if(shExpMatch(url,"192.168.*")) { return "DIRECT"; }

// DEFAULT RULE: All other traffic, use below proxies, in fail-over order.

return "PROXY";


This file is in format Proxy auto-config (PAC file) and it is self-explanatory. It’s kind of fucntion which says if URL is “*intranet/*, “*.domain.local/*,… browser will go directly to this URL. Those are proxy exceptions. Other not defined traffic will be send to proxy server and its port 8080. This script can be more advanced. Be aware, if you make some mistake some stupid browsers (including Internet Explorer) will skip whole script and not use it 🙂

Now when we have our wpad.dat file ready we can try if we are able to download it using browser. Just try if you can download file http://wpad.domain.local/wpad.dat.

If everything works let’s inform browsers we have published autoconfiguration file.

Publish in DHCP

We need to create new DHCP Option 252 first:

  • Open DHCP Console
  • Right click on DHCP server and select Set Predefined Options and then click Add
  • In Name type wpad, Data type select String and Code type 25

  • Click OK
  • Enter value http://wpad.domain.local/wpad.dat in Value String field
  • Click OK
  • Right-click on Scope Options in DHCP scope where you want add DHCP value 252 and select Configure Options…

  • Scroll all the way down and select DHCP value 252 and click OK

This is all for DHCP setup. Let’s look on DNS setup.

Publish in DNS

You need to create DNS A record wpad.domain.local and point it to IP where WPAD Website runs. Windows servers will not answer on DNS A “wpad” requests. It’s basically for security reason. “wpad” is blocked in DNS by default. In default DNS block list are two records: wpad and isatap. To enable wpad we need to left only isatap in block list. You can do it by command dnscmd /config /globalqueryblocklist isatap.


  • If browser has DHCP discovery and get some DHCP Option 252, it will not do DNS discovery
  • Some browsers don’t support DHCP discovery. Only Internet Explorer and Konqueror support both the DHCP and DNS discovery functions

That’s all folks for today 🙂

Problem with random generator /dev/random

June 27th, 2013 No comments

Yesterday called my friend that he wants to migrate one website to his webserver. I’ve created hosting for him and then problem began. When he accessed one .php file browser was “working”, but nothing happened. There was no log about problems on server. Nothing.

So I started to investigate problem. CPU was fine, RAM was fine, disk queue lenght was fine. So I focused on particular .php file. I ran following command:

strace php -f PATH_TO_PHP_FILE

and I saw:

strace PHP file

and this was not moving forward. After couple tens of seconds it was moved one line futher. It looks like problem with /dev/random. When I looked into file crypt.class.php

PHP file source

I saw function mcrypt_create_iv() which creates an initialization vector from random source. And that’s it, random source is defined as /dev/random. You can change source by defining second parameter to value MCRYPT_DEV_URANDOM. When I tested it with second parameter set to value MCRYPT_DEV_URANDOM everything worked like it should. Php file was generated normally. When I tried to do cat /dev/random I received some random characters and after couple tens of second I’ve got more random characters:

Slow /dev/random

So this look like slow /dev/random. When I tried cat /dev/urandom my screen was full of random characters. I started to look for differences between /dev/random and /dev/urandom. Some random generator is implemented in linux kernel which generates random bits into entropy pool. When entropy pool is empty, reads from /dev/random will block until additional random bits are generated. Ublocked/non-blocing random source /dev/urandom will not block when entropy pool is empty (it will reuse existing random bits). You can check how many bits are generated in entropy pool by looking into file cat /proc/sys/kernel/random/entropy_avail. More info here.

So how to make faster generation of random bits into entropy pool? There is daemon which can help you out rng-tools. To make it work in Debian you have to do following:

  • apt-get install rng-tools
  • Edit file /etc/default/rng-tools
  • In file set HRNGDEVICE=/dev/urandom
  • Start up daemon /etc/init.d/rng-tools start

When I started this daemon /dev/random starts generate lots of random characters. 🙂

So this took four hours of my life. I’m working with Linux couple years, but I had no idea between /dev/random and /dev/urandom. I’m smarter now.

Have a nice day,


ESET Smart Security makes problems when migrating computers between domains

April 13th, 2013 6 comments

I was facing weird problem with computers when I was trying to migrate computer accounts between two active directory domains. When you use ADMT to migrate computer accounts, ADMT installs ADMT Agent on computer and this ADMT Agent makes all changes during computer account migration.


When there was computer with ESET Smart Security installed I had following problems. First problem was that migration failed and in ADMT log file I received following error:

2013-04-12 16:29:54 The Active Directory Migration Tool Agent will be installed on CENTRALA.DOMAIN.LOCAL
2013-04-12 16:29:59 WRN1:0000 Could not open SCManager on \\CENTRALA.DOMAIN.LOCAL : GetLastError() returned 5
2013-04-12 16:29:59 WRN1:7015 Failed to connect to the service control manager on \\CENTRALA.DOMAIN.LOCAL, rc=5   Access is denied.
2013-04-12 16:29:59 ERR2:7006 Failed to install agent on \\CENTRALA.DOMAIN.LOCAL, rc=5   Access is denied.

 So error number 5 means I have no rights somewhere. After reading couple pages of ADMT documentation I found out that ADMT installs ADMT Agent using Admin share called ADMIN$. So I tried to access ADMIN$ share on computer CENTRALA.DOMAIN.LOCAL. I received following error:

Problem with NETLOGON service

I have never seen such an error:”An attempt was made to logon, but the network logon service was not started.”. I checked services on computer CENTRALA.DOMAIN.LOCAL and Windows was right. Service NETLOGON was Disabled!


I had to temporary turn off ESET Smart Security (I would preffer not use this software at all 🙂 ) and also enable and start service NETLOGON.


Every computer I migrated and had installed ESET Smart Security had the same problems. So IMHO ESET Smart Security has changed service NETLOGON to Disabled. I really don’t understand why this is necessary, but I think it’s not right way “smart security product” should protect your computer.

I found one article about disabling NETLOGON service as security practice. It’s maybe good security practice, but there is also pitfall stated on websie:

If you disable the NetLogon service, a workstation no longer functions reliably as a domain member. This setting may be appropriate for some computers that do not participate in domains. However, it should be carefully evaluated before deployment.

I’m wondering what other functions are not available when NETLOGON disabled (besides not accessible ADMIN$ share) on domain member computer.

I hope this helps someone 🙂