News Roundup for 9/23/16

500 million Yahoo Accounts Breached

USA Today reports that the accounts were stolen in 2014, and security researchers have been hearing rumblings of a hacker trying to see them since about August.

In an article from Business Wire, Yahoo believes it was a state actor that did it.

Of course, the scary thing here is that many users use the same passwords for everything, and although the passwords stolen were hashed, we all know that won’t last forever. Of course, Security Questions and Dates of Birth were also stolen, combine that with the other information, and you can see why this is so big of a worry.

Google Allo

I’m a bit confused on why Google spent time on Allo, sure, a the smart assistant seems pretty sweet, but why not put that into “OK Google” instead of a proprietary messaging app. Is there really a need for another messaging app? The reviews aren’t terribly good,

Snowden says that it’s a honeypot for US surveillance Efforts

The Verge Review says it’s “fine”.

Gigabit Speed for Rural users using Power infrastructure?

AirGig – Uses Power lines for 1G data. Not how you think though. They put a wireless device on top of the powerline.

ArsTechnica says that it’s very experimental. AT&T says it’s not even on their technology roadmap yet. The antennas are inexpensive though, and it would be a huge boost for rural areas who are historically underserved.

How to change port settings for printers in Windows 10

First off, click on start, then type “printers” and you should see “Devices and Printers”, click on that

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Find your printer and click on it once, then click on “Print Server Properties”

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Once the Print server properties dialog appears, click on the tab which reads “ports”.

You should see an option for “Configure Port”.

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Or you may see “Change Port Settings” on the bottom of the dialog.

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News update–2016-08-08

I have the nastiest habit of finding tidbits, then writing a little blurb about them, and never ever posting them. You see, the idea is to make it a regular feature of the site, I mean, we can’t all read every bit of news, right?

These are still pretty good, although they were from early July.

Federal Government releases their strategies to recruit new CyberSecurity talent (Link to FedScoop)

“The government has hired 3,000 people for cyber security jobs in the first half of the current fiscal year”, and plan on hiring 3,500 more before year end.

There’s even a Scholarship for Service (SFS) program called CyberCorps offering scholarships, and stipends, funded through the National Science Foundation.

After graduation you have to work for a Government Agency, or if approved, a State, Local, Tribal or Territorial Government, or a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, in a position related to cybersecurity. You have to work for them for a period equal to the length of the scholarship, with each academic year equaling one calendar year.

Intel is planning on selling “Intel Security” (formerly McAfee). (Link to Knowbe4.com)

Evidently Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO, thinks that antivirus is crap. He’s not the first to say so, with so many new variants of malware popping up, AV companies are having a hell of a time keeping their signatures up to date.

Court Rules that Microsoft can’t be forced to turn over emails stored abroad. (Link to The Guardian)

Will companies move emails all around the world? Does this set the stage for a neutral country to set up some sort of data service?

Create Repo runs out of disk space in tmp

I have one CentOS 6 computer that is completely stand alone, as in no internet / network access. What? Yea, in this day and age, but I won’t get into the whys.

To keep this box updated, and to make additional packages available on demand, I manually copy the repository files to it, after which I rebuild the repo.

After the last update, besides running into a kernel panic that was easily fixed, I also ran into an issue with filling up the /tmp partition.

Basically, I ran into a “IOError: {Errno 28] No space left on device” and “Worker exited with non-zero vaule: 1. Fatal”. Picture below for your viewing pleasure.

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I did a lot of searching for terms like createrepo and No space left on device, but didn’t have much luck finding anything. I was hoping to have createrepo save it’s temp files in another location, but no luck there.

Now, I’m not much of a Linux Admin, so forgive me if this is a clumsy fix, but the thought occurred to me that I could specify a different location for tmp, or even just change it temporarily, then I would be back in business.

I ran across this wonderful post that explained how I could do so using:

export TMPDIR=/path/to/other/directory

Someone in the comments mentioned that the command above would leave the change in the environment, and I assumed change it permanently, at least for that user. I wasn’t sure on that point, but they suggested using this instead:

env TMPDIR=/path/to/other/directory; command

I gave it a try, and it didn’t work for me. Now, I’ll admit here that I was running a script instead of a command, which could have made the difference.

What I ended up doing was to place the following at the beginning of the script:

export TMPDIR=/path/to/other/directory

Then the following at the end:

export TMPDIR=/path/to/original/directory

Evidently /tmp is the general location, and that’s what I set it to.

Kernel Panic in CentOS 6.7 After Kernel Upgrade

I ran into this issue after updating with Yum, on the next reboot, the system wouldn’t boot properly. In my case, the error I received was

Kernel panic – not synching:

VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)

 Picture of the full error below:

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In my case, I’m running CentOS 6.7 in a virtual machine running on Oracle VirtualBox.

You should be able to get around the error pretty easily, just reboot the computer, and when you see the “Press any key to enter the menu” pictured below, press a key.

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You should be presented with a list of the kernels you have installed, pictured below, select the previous one, and press enter.

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After doing that I was able to boot into CentOS.

I did a little digging, and found this bug report, which matched my error, the only difference I can see is that the kernel version was different.

The first solution I ran across was to run “yum reinstall kernel”, which is what I did, and the issue was resolved. Evidently in some cases the kernel doesn’t fully install, and in some cases fails transaction checks.

If the reinstall doesn’t work for you, keep reading the comments, there’s several other solutions, hopefully one of them will help you out. Feel free to let me know what worked for you.

Good Luck!

Fallout 4 Release Day Eve News

If you’re like me, you woke up this morning, and checked your preload status for Fallout 4, just to make sure you would be ready to go. Next stop? News of course! Today (Monday 11/9/15) is the day that reviewers are allowed to post their impressions of the title.

This weekend I dropped the $120 (2 copies at $60 each) on Fallout 4 this weekend just so I would be pre-loaded. Both my wife and I play, and I have to ashamedly admit, she’s going to play it a whole lot more than I will. That doesn’t mean I’m not still pumped about it though!

Reading this review on the Verge, which is very positive on the gameplay and the world of Fallout 4, “what Fallout 4 adds to the world is heart”, stating that for the first time they cared about their character.

What scared me there was that “the game also features the series’ infamous technical problems, with frustrating glitches and bugs that often pull you out of the experience at best, and at worst, lose hard-won progress”

The bugs they point out sound primarily related to NPC’s being difficult, characters talking over each other, blocking doors, with one case mentioned of loading a game and not being able to move.

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This PC World Review isn’t quite as glowing. While the Verge liked that the game had the same feel as Fallout 3, Hayden Dingman from PC World didn’t enjoy that part of the game. He goes on to say that the world is huge, but that most of the locations aren’t worth exploring, and it can feel pretty monotonous.

One of the new features I’m looking forward to is the crafting. When I saw the system on the E3 release video, I immediately became excited about the idea of customizing the weapons. Dingman doesn’t care much for it, and says that he ended up using the same weapons and armor most of the game.

He also points out a number of bugs / glitches, many with the NPCs. I guess that shouldn’t come as any surprise, being familiar with the other Fallout Games.

Installing RSAT for Windows 10 gives 0x80070003

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After the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, I’m missing all of my admin tools. Found the link to download the “Remote Server Administration Tools”

Fired up the install, and I received “Windows Update Standalone Installer” Installer encountered an error 0x80070003 The system cannot find the path specified.

Well, the fix was easy enough. I was actually installing it from a network location. Usually my first troubleshooting step is to copy it locally, and then try and install it. That’s what I did in this case, and it worked.

So just copy it locally, then try again.

How to Install Oracle VirtualBox Additions in Fedora 22

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I’ve had to beat around the bush in past distros, and finally found a pretty straight forward way to get the VirtualBox Additions working on my Fedora Virtual Machines under Oracle Virtual Box. It’s handy because you get all the native mouse and display support. Here’s all you have to do.

Once you’re at the Fedora Gnome Desktop, click on Activities (or press the windows key on your keyboard) and type terminal. Then click on the terminal icon.

Quick note, they replaced yum with dnf, don’t panic, the yum command still work. Anyway …

Enter the following:

su

(type your password)

dnf -y update kernel*

dnf -y install kernel-headers kernel-devel dkms

Reboot

Insert the disk and run it.

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You’ll have to enter a username and password.

When it’s all done, you should see something like this:

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Then reboot again.

How to Change your Password from the Command Line in Windows

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I mainly run into this when I’m using a server core install, but this works on pretty much any version of Windows. The only caveat is that you need to be an administrator on the system.

Of course, you need to run an elevated command prompt as well.

Just enter the following, and you’ll be prompted to enter the password and confirm it.

net user %username% *

You can also run the following command, which specifies the password:

net user %username% %password%

So, if BoDuke wanted to set his password, he would enter:

net user BoDuke *

or to specify a password of “GeneralLee4Life!” he would use:

net user BoDuke GeneralLee4Life!

Fix the OneNote 2010 Screen Clipping Shortcut Key

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I ran into a bit of a unique issue today, and it had to do with the Onenote Screen Clipping Shortcut key. Now if you’re a long time OneNote User, you’re probably used to the Windows+S shortcut key for starting a screen clipping.

Well, in Windows 8.1, Microsoft hijacked that shortcut key for search everywhere. Either way, OneNote’s shortcut was changed to Windows+Shift+S. I’ll admit, it took me a little while to get used to, but I’m good now.

However, one of my users is running Windows 8.1, and OneNote 2010, and OneNote is still using the Windows+S shortcut key, but it doesn’t work. To fix this, you can take 1 of 3 paths.

1. Disable the Windows +S shortcut key for Windows.

Once you free it up, OneNote will be able to use it. To do this, run the following command:

reg.exe add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced /v DisabledHotkeys /t REG_SZ /d S /f

2. Change the OneNote Shortcut to a different Key combination

For Office 2010, open registry editor, and naviate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\OneNote\Options\Other

Note: The 14.0 designates Office 2010, Use 15.0 for Office 2013, 12.0 for Office 2007.

There should be a DWORD value of “ScreenClippingShortcutKey”, if there isn’t, create one (32-bit DWORD). Change the value to 41 (Hexadecimal) and you’re new shortcut key will be Windows+a.

3. Get a New Version of OneNote

It’s free for personal use, so why don’t you get the new version? I’m only limited because it’s in an enterprise environment, and I’m waiting to roll out the entire office suite.

 

I went with the first option, since pressing start and typing seems to have the same, if not better, search capabilities.

Hope that helps!

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