Saturday, June 28, 2014

Notes from Violent Python

1. The European Network and Information Security Agency provides an excellent resource for analyzing network traffic. They provide a live DVD ISO image that contains several network captures and exercises. You can download a copy from

2. NMap can be used in python via a library.

3. Pexpect(python) can be used for automating interactive applications - for e.g.   

4. ftplib for brute force ftp user credentials.

5. Metasploit as a penetration testing tool.

6. for finding lat/long for a wifi router   

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Python simple script to connect to a host/port and get response.

__author__ = 'admin'
import socket
s = socket.socket()
ans  = s.recv(1024)
print ans

Thursday, June 19, 2014

MySql db restore from dump failing

Solution : increase max_allowed_packet

Details :
Recently, I had a strange problem. While doing source dbdump.sql (dbdump.sql was generated by mysqldump) - initial data was loaded fine but after a while data was not being restored properly due to foreign key checks failing.

The dump file was disabling foreign key checks at the top and enabling again at the bottom  - so it was highly surprising.

To debug this I wrote a php script which executed queries line by line from the dump. I observed that it failed at a query where the data being inserted was huge which made database connection go away. And when it came back the foreign key check was enabled again - which in turn made a lot of things fail.

So I increased max_allowed_packet to 64M in my.ini and restarted mysql server. Solved.

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