Thursday, February 25, 2010
Fixing VMware Workstation 6.5.3 and Linux kernel 2.6.32 Issues
The first step is to perform the following commands:
# cd /tmp
# tar xf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar
# vi vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.c (near line 37 add #include "compat_sched.h")
# tar cf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar vmnet-only
# tar xf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmci.tar
# vi vmci-only/linux/vmciKernelIf.c vmci-only/include/pgtbl.h (add #include "compat_sched.h" around line 30)
# tar cf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmci.tar vmci-only
# vmware-modconfig --console --install-all
The last command will fail, so you probably don't even want to try it. Then go to this section of the Arch Linux wiki page.
Download the vmware-build-modules shell script.
Now check your version of gcc. If it is gcc-4.3, install the latest version and change the symbolic link.
# cd /usr/bin
# ls -al gcc
# apt-get install gcc-4.4
# rm gcc
# ln -s gcc-4.4 gcc
# ls -al gcc
Now cd to the directory you downloaded vmware-build-modules and fix the permissions and execute the shell script.
# cd Desktop
# chmod 755 ./vmware-build-modules
VMware Workstation 6.5.3 should now work properly under Linux kernel 2.6.32.
Labels: VMware modconfig problems
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
NASA time series mosaic of the Aral Sea
Links: The Aral Sea Foundation
The Times Online article (2007) . If the URL fails, here's the Google Search URL
Labels: Anthropogenic Climate Change
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Stealing a Server Remotely
Here's a screenshot of a theft:
Stealing a VMware Virtual Machine
This is just a variation of remote file transfer since VMware virtual machines are just files. VMware has patched this flaw. You can search for public facing VMware Servers using Google:
Finding ESX Servers on the Internet (redacted version).
If you put your ESX Server's web access on the Internet, you better have patched the server and have a web application security proxy in front of it or you will lose more than just data. You'll lose system passwords, system configurations, internal network mappings, and your data.
Labels: VMware Guest Stealer
A Wily Escape
The preflight process in Russia is interesting. There's likely a variation of it here in the U.S., but no one remarks about it. Notice that the instruments are labeled in English.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Kingston MicroSD Forensics
Labels: memory chip forensics
Thursday, February 18, 2010
RootKit Authors Patch Their Software
Labels: MS10-015 blues
The Problem of Information Leakage
The PleaseRobMe site scrapes Twitter and a geolocation site to tell robbers when you are not home.
Both of these issues are due to people posting too much information on the Internet which companies and others can use that information any way they see fit. Paudotcom discussed both of these issues.
Labels: Information Leakage
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Snow in Dallas
Monday, February 08, 2010
A Hellish Prebiosis
But what came before it all? When did life arise in the Archean geologic eon? Better yet, where did it arise? The traditional school says that life arose in a warm little pond full of prebiologic precursors. Up until the 1990s, there was no other school of thought. With the discovery in the 1970's of deep sea hydrothermal vents and their continuing analysis, an alternative school of thought arose. One that suggested that hydrothermal vents were the birthplace of early life. (I am a member of that school of thought.) This article suggests that early life arose in a particular type of hydrothermal vents, alkaline hydrothermal vents that have chemical gradients to support a proton driving force for the production of energy. This protonmotive force exists in bacteria, choroplasts, and mitochondria, and is called chemiosmosis, the production of a selective ion gradient (hydrogen protons from water molecules) across a semipermeable membrane. I'm sure that the debate is just getting interesting, but perhaps one day the textbooks will be rewritten to suggest that the first life arose in what we mesophiles would call an underwater hell.
Labels: hydrothermal prebiotic origins
Are Dinosaur Descendants Alive Today?
Labels: dinosaur bird links