Thursday, May 20, 2010

Trac and forum up again

You probably noticed earlier today that the trac and forum were working again. They finally fixed the issue (which was according to them probably a bad RAM module or the CPU fan) by replacing completely the server (but keeping the hard drive).

I think that it's the CPU fan that failed, not the RAM module. But whatever, it works again and that was what we all wanted.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Trac and forum down

All started Sunday, around 6AM GMT, our 4-year old dedicated server wasn't responding anymore and even a hardware reboot didn't bring it up. So, I opened a ticket and the technicians noticed the power supply died and quickly replaced it.

Everything worked fine until Monday morning, 9AM GMT, the server started to be unstable. I first thought it was Apache because during my tests, the process used several times 100% CPU when it crashed.
Then I tried stopping Apache and MySQL, the 2 most consuming processes (the CPU usage was on average at 6% without these 2 processes) and even with that, it was crashing after 15 minutes.

I thought that our kernel might be corrupted due to the crash of the server, so I tried using one of their netboot kernel (as well as the hardware testing mode) and it kept crashing.

So, I just opened another ticket for this issue. I really wonder what's going on.

Also, the migration of the forum and trac to the new server was planned at the end of this month but it might happen sooner than expected (I'll try to do it this week-end).

I'll keep you updated.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Monthly news (May 2010)

- Aircrack-ng 1.1 was released a bit more than a week ago. A lot of bug fixes (including the buffer overflow in different tools) and improvements have been done. The most noticeable changes are the addition of airdrop-ng by TheX1le and the interaction in airodump-ng.
The following screenshot shows some of the possibilities of the interaction (more details in the wiki and in the manpage). In this case, when you color an AP, its clients are automatically colored the same:

- criser released v0.8 of his C# (Mono) GUI, wepcrack. He uses git for his source control and if you want to use the latest source and don't know much git, read the following. He is looking for someone who can design an icon for his software.
- Zermolo released permutator beta 1.3. It generates incremental wordlists/dictionaries based on your needs. The package by Jano contains the source code and an Ubuntu package.

- ShamanVirtuel released a GUI to capture WPA handshakes called Autohs-GUI. His project is hosted on Google Code along with a few other programs.