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Current Python Working Environment.

Over the last nine to ten months, I’ve changed how I’ve been using Python, again.

Working environment:

I work in either Debian or Xubuntu Linux, or Windows Subsystem Linux (WSL) Debian. I prefer Debian on bare metal hardware. The VMs I use at work are usually Xubuntu (faster, easier setup). Work’s laptop has Windows 10 Enterprise on it, which is where WSL comes in.

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productivity vs tweaking

I’ve been wanting to switch back to a Linux based system for a while. Main hold up has been school. Recently I  got to rebuild my travel laptop to run Linux.

I started with Debian, but after 2 days and a bunch of tweaking of the system and still not to the point of of actually start working.

So out goes Debian, in moves Xubuntu. A couple of hours later up and running. Disappointed, I’d rather be running Debian. But I really don’t have the time to spend doing endless tweaking. I have several other things to do.

Remnux and Docker

At work, we have this thing on Fridays called power up time.  It is the last 4 hours of the week to work on personal projects, test new ideas to see if they are worth implementing, or self improvement.  Most weeks it is when I get to look at the most tickets doing Tactical level intelligence since the rest of the week is filled with project or priority case work.

Recently while working on tactical level information for SOC tickets, I was able to add in a little fun, and actually power up.  I wanted to do some reverse engineering of the malware associated with the  ticket, to see if there was more IOCs that could be extracted.

Earlier in the day I read an email in the SANS DFIR alumni list, which included someone talking about using Remnux with docker.  So later in the the day working the ticket, and because I didn’t have a Remnux box, I decided to check out the docker containers.  This was also my first time working with docker as well.  Starting at Lenny Zeltzer’s Remnux Docker Site.

I went to my linux vm, a box that gets reset to the fresh installed state via snapshot after each use.  After a sudo apt install and a sudo docker pull remnux/pescanner I had the container.

I ran it and learned a little bit about docker. I also got an understanding of some of the information that VirusTotal displays under the detail tab.

pulled in many directions

So my current reading list had changed 3 times in the last 3 weeks or so since the Fall class ended. I had started with:

Then it was going to be some Social Media Intelligence books:

Now it’s Counterhack Reloaded, which I’m using as my only study materials before the GCIH exam in a couple of months.

Can someone tell me again, why I try to make plans since I always seem to get pulled in many directions at once and not study what I want?

ARRL Field Day

Over the weekend I did my very first ARRL Field Day. It was rather interesting. For those that don’t know what Field Day is, it’s when the Amateur Radio Service (yes there is a public service aspect to the HAM Hobby and License) gets together to make contacts under adverse conditions. The club I am in, Ford Amateur Radio League, teamed up again this year with the Livonia Radio Club. We had a tent with a generator out in the middle of a field.

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Getting the Raspberry Pis ready

As I mentioned before here and here I’ll be at Circle City Con, talking about the Raspberry Pi WIDS project I did last year at Eastern.

I’ve updated all my Raspberry Pis, including the firmware. I’ve setup a Raspberry Pi B+ and the Raspberry Pi 2 with the respective Kali images. But they still need to be set up as kismet drones, and tested.

I also need to set up the hard drive for the con, and update my slide deck.

1 week to do it in. Plenty of time.  (Famous last words).

Home Lab – Lines to the basement

I currently have 2 lines ran to the basement. One black 15 foot, 1 red 25 foot. I ran the black line last year before the basement flooded in August, but I couldn’t tel you why I did it now. I really don’t remember. I think it was for my old tower. The red line is for the span port. I chose to color code them to make it easier to know what does what.

I used the pre-drilled holes in the floor for some reason the cable provider for who lived here before me drilled 2 holes next to each other. The old cable is still there, the other was empty, and what my provide used. Dropping the black line was quick and easy. The red cable though, was a pain in the butt. I could get it in the hole, but it would get stuck at the bottom edge of the wood. I ended up pulling up a length of coax, and then taping the span cable to it. I then fed it through the hole. That got it down there, then I fed from above instead of pulled because it was a tight fit, and figured pushing would do less damage to the cat5e twisted pairs.

I was thinking it would have been great to have flight line, fish tape, or a pole, but after looking at the head on a fish tape last night, I don’t think that would have worked either.

color code:
Black – switch to switch
white – entertainment
red – span
blue – Firewall to Switch, Switch to Router
green – ISP

I don’t know what color I’m going to use for the PI farm. I was thinking maybe purple.