Thursday, December 28, 2017

Free Cryptocurrency Payed Directly to your Wallet

There are many sites that offer free cryptocurrency. These sites are called faucets they give tiny amounts of cryptocurrency in exchange for showing you adds. Many of these faucets make you come back repeatedly before you can withdraw the funds to your cryptocurrency wallet. I have found some faucets that payout immediately and/or directly to your wallet, no more waiting.

So far I have only found the one faucet for Bytecoin and a few related faucets for the Waves coin. Using these websites will not make you rich, but free money is free money and the ads on the sites are not excessive. One interesting thing about the Waves coin is that it is a Proof of Stake (PoS) coin, meaning that holding the waves coin in the Waves wallet will earn you more Waves coin.

Faucets rules
All of the the Faucets listed below will allow you to withdraw once per hour. All but one of the faucets below track you using your IP address. In order to withdraw more then that you will need more then one external IP address. The WavesGo faucet tracks you via the waves wallet address, so for example if you have 2 Waves wallet address then you can withdraw 2 times an hour.

Bytecoin (BCN)

The Bytecoin faucet is managed by the developers and maintainers of Bytecoin.

This faucet can be used once an hour per IP address. They have recently switched to a manually payout system so you will not get the BCN instantly. You will however get the payout in a timely manner.

The Waves faucets are managed by the Waves stacking or mining pools. This is to promote the Waves coin and to encourage Proof of Stake (PoS) mining of the Waves coin.

This is the best and most reliable Waves faucet. You will get some Waves coins as well as some WavesGo (WGO) tokens. This faucet can be used once hour, per wallet address.  Will work though a VPN.

You will get some Waves coins and the option to get some random tokens. This faucet can be used every hour per IP address.

You will get some Waves coins and the option to get some random tokens. This faucet can be used every hour per IP address.

You will get some Waves coins and the option to get some random tokens, usually Mercury (MER) tokens. This faucet can be used every hour per IP address.

If you want to withdraw BCN or Waves from the faucets you will need a wallet.

Go to the Bytecoin website for a list of Bytecoin (BCN) wallets.

Waves Lite wallet
The Waves Lite wallet can also can also be used to hold Bitcoin, Ethureum,  Litcoin, and Zcash. The wallet also has a builtin exchange called DAX. The DAX exchange can be used to sell the tokens you get. The wallet is also needed to do Proof of Stake pool mining.

Many exchanges will not except small payments to there exchange wallets. Bittrex will not except the tokens or the Waves coin from the faucets as the payment amount is to small. The HitBTC exchange will except the BCN and Waves faucet payouts, but the free tokens from the Waves faucet be lost.

Current Bytecoin (BCN) and Waves prices

Sometimes the faucets will stop working or are under maintenance, so if it is not working check back later. I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or comments please post them below. If you know of any faucets that payout to your wallet, and not to a site like CoinPot or Faucet Hub, please let me know.

My Waves wallet address 

My BCN wallet address

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Manually Update Plugins on a Nessus Scanner (Windows)

I had an issue the other day with one of my Nessus Vulnerability Scanners which is being managed by Security Center. In Security Center the status of one of the Nessus scanners showed "Plugin Out of Sync". I tried to push the plugins to the Nessus scanner from the Security Center, but I was getting a status error of "Connection timed out".  So basically I was getting a latency issue on the connection. The Nessus scanner and the Security Center are in different states, so this may be why there is so much latency. I just built this Nessus scanner, so there were just too many plugins to be pushed over the wire by Security Center. To fix this issue, I just manually copied the plugins to the Nessus scanner. Then I manually loaded the plugins into the Nessus scanner. After I did this, I have not had this issue again.

Manually updating the Plugins can sometimes fix error or scanner status of "Protocol error". These instructions work on Nessus 5x and 6x, when managed by Security Center 4x or 5x.

Follow the instructions below to manually install plugins for the Nessus scanner on a Windows computer. For Linux computers click here.

1. Login to the Nessus scanner.

2. Open PowerShell or the Windows command line (CMD) as privileged user.

3. Stop the Nessus service
# net stop "Tenable Nessus"

4. Remove the Nessus scanner from Security Center

5. Reset the scanner
# …\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus>nessuscli fetch fix --reset

6. Connect the Nessus scanner
# …\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus>nessuscli fetch –security-center

7. Load the plugins into Nessus
# …\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus>nessuscli update plugins_file.tar.qz

8. Start the Nessus scanner
# net start “Tenable Nessus”

9. Login to the web interface for Nessus and verify that the configuration is complete.

10. Login to the web interface for the Security Center. Add the Nessus scanner back and verify connectivity.

Your done.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Turn off BEEP in BASH

Sometimes your on a computer that has speakers and if your on the termial it keeps beeping. This can be annoying if all your doing is using the tab key to use auto complete. Who ever thought that making the terminal beep was a good idea? Anyway below are some ways to get ride of the beeps.

In /etc/inputrc file add the line below.
set bell-style none

Put the line below in a profile. If you want to set it globally but in /etc/profile, otherwise set it in bash_profile, .bashrc, and/or .profile.
setterm -blength 0

This will make the beeping sound go away for good. If you have any questions or comments please post them below.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How to clear Nessus Plugin 42873 on Security Center

I use Security Center with Nessus scanners from Tenable to do vulnerability scanning on my servers. Sometimes the scanner finds hits on itself, such as a hit on plugin 42873 "SSL Medium Strength Cipher Suites Supported" on the Security Center. Below I show the steps needed to disable 3DES on Security Center..

To disable 3DES within Security Center do the following:
1. Open the file /opt/sc/support/conf/sslciphers.conf

2. Search for DES-CBC3-SHA

3. After the colon that precedes the above string, add an exclamation mark which is the signal to disable the given cipher.

4. The whole string should look like :!DES-CBC3-SHA:

Once complete, restart the SC service and complete a rescan and this vulnerability should be remediation.

To clear the other part of this hit, make sure the server is using SSL ciphers have encryption key length of over 112 bits. 

Reference Plugin 42873

Monday, February 20, 2017

Rename & Combine Audio Book files into one audio book.

I like to listen to audio books and I get them them from places such as Audible, books on CD, the library or LibriVox. The issue is that all these places present the files to you in different ways. You can get one big file or a lot of small files. They all use different naming conventions which can make organizing your books difficult. To play my audio books I use the iBooks app from Apple and the Audible app form Audible, on my iPod Touch. Apples iBooks app works well but is missing some features that the Audible app has such as the bookmarking feature. The Audible app is really bad at playing books that are broken up into several files. The app will play the files out of order or show each file as a separate book.

So to fix the issues described above I recommend that you rename and/or combine all the files from one book into one file. Below I show the BASH script I wrote to fix this issue. I wrote and tested this script on a Mac. This script will also work on Linux and UNIX operating systems. After the files are combined the finder didn't show the right length for the audio book but when I imported the file into iTunes everything displayed right and the file worked fine.

The script below shows how to combine several MP3 files into one file. I put a comment after each command explaining what it is doing. If you have any questions about the script below ask it in the the comment section below.

Put contents of files here
# This script was created on 20170216
# This script was created to combine MP3 files form audio books into one file.
# usage ./script-book bookname
if [ -z "$1" ]
    echo -e "Please rerun the script with desired file name at the end \n 
              Example: ./script-book bookname"
    exit 1
# The if statement checks for $1 variable. 
# If no variable is present then the gives error message and exits 

for s in $(ls |grep .mp3|egrep -v '(png|jpg)'|awk '{print $NF}')
# egrep removes pictures
# $NF gives the last column in the file name. This removes the spaces in the name.
do mv *$s $1$s
# This renames the files
cat *$s >> $1.mp3
# Cat combines the files
rm *$s
# Removes old files
ls -lh

In order to make the script work, copy it into the same directory the audio books files are located in. In the example below the script is called script-book and the ls command shows the script in the same directory as the audio book files.

man@earth> ls
The Hot Gate 001.mp3    The Hot Gate 021.mp3    The Hot Gate 041.mp3
The Hot Gate 002.mp3    The Hot Gate 022.mp3    The Hot Gate 042.mp3
The Hot Gate 003.mp3    The Hot Gate 023.mp3    The Hot Gate 043.mp3
The Hot Gate 004.mp3    The Hot Gate 024.mp3    The Hot Gate 044.mp3
The Hot Gate 005.mp3    The Hot Gate 025.mp3    The Hot Gate 045.mp3
The Hot Gate 006.mp3    The Hot Gate 026.mp3    The Hot Gate 046.mp3
The Hot Gate 007.mp3    The Hot Gate 027.mp3    The Hot Gate 047.mp3
The Hot Gate 008.mp3    The Hot Gate 028.mp3    The Hot Gate 048.mp3
The Hot Gate 009.mp3    The Hot Gate 029.mp3    The Hot Gate 049.mp3
The Hot Gate 010.mp3    The Hot Gate 030.mp3    The Hot Gate 050.mp3
The Hot Gate 011.mp3    The Hot Gate 031.mp3    The Hot Gate 051.mp3
The Hot Gate 012.mp3    The Hot Gate 032.mp3    The Hot Gate 052.mp3
The Hot Gate 013.mp3    The Hot Gate 033.mp3    The Hot Gate 053.mp3
The Hot Gate 014.mp3    The Hot Gate 034.mp3    The Hot Gate 054.mp3
The Hot Gate 015.mp3    The Hot Gate 035.mp3    The Hot Gate 055.mp3
The Hot Gate 016.mp3    The Hot Gate 036.mp3    The Hot Gate 056.mp3
The Hot Gate 017.mp3    The Hot Gate 037.mp3    The Hot Gate 057.mp3
The Hot Gate 018.mp3    The Hot Gate 038.mp3    The Hot Gate 058.mp3
The Hot Gate 019.mp3    The Hot Gate 039.mp3    The Hot Gate 059.mp3
The Hot Gate 020.mp3    The Hot Gate 040.mp3    script-book

Note- Make sure the script is executable before you run the command as shown below. Alternately you can also run the script by bash before the command if you don't know how to make the script executable. Example: bash ./script-book bookname

In the example below the I show how to execute the script and show example output. This shows that the script combined the files listed above and named the file TheHotGate and removed all the old unneeded files.

man@earth> ./script-book TheHotGate
total 447744
-rw-r--r--  1  arich   staff    219M  Feb 20 11:34    TheHotGate.mp3
-rw-r--r--  1  arich   staff    624B   Feb 20 11:33    script-book

I hope this helps anyone who is having a similar issue.

Links to places to get audio books.