Misc Quotes

2009/02/19

Just a selection of odd quotes that spring to mind and had kept somewhere and wanted to jot ’em down:

Nobody dies a virgin… Life fucks us all. Kurt Kobain

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle Sun Tzu

So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell? 
Pink Floyd

Half of the time were gone but we dont know where, And we dont know here. Simon & Garfunkel

Even the stars
Sometimes fade to gray
Even the stars
Hideaway
The Weepies

There’s room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be lime the folks on the hill,
John Lennon

You know I never meant to see you again
and I only passed by as a friend
All this time I stayed out of sight
I started wondering why
Phil Colins

Asking only workmans wages, I come lookin for a job, but I get no offers
Just a comeon from the whores on 7th avenue
I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome
I took some comfort there
Simon & Garfunkel

Do you like how I sing a love song?
Do you like Vincent VanGough?
I like to walk the streets at midnight.
I wanted you to know.
Brooke Ramel

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much
as your own unguarded thoughts.
The Buddha

We’re all lonely for something we don’t know we’re lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that goes around feeling like missing somebody we’ve never even met? David Foster Wallace

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the spaces between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. Maya Angelou

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” Mother Teresa


Quick Guide: Installing Bt3 on a VirtualBox Machine

2009/02/08

Recently I have been playing around with the Backtrack3 penetration testing OS and decided like many a tech enthusiast being able to have it running on a vmachine is better than booting a LiveCD all the time. Below are the steps that I have taken to install it based upon those found here . I personally prefer to use Virtual Box as it is free software and hasn’t let me down yet. I take no responsibility of the actions generated as a result of the tutorial.

Step 1: Obtaining and Installing Software

  1. Just go along to the Virtual Box site http://www.virtualbox.org and download the latest version and follow their instructions to install.
  2. Go to http://www.remote-exploit.org/backtrack_download.html and download the bt3-final.iso

Step 2: Creating Virtual Machine and Loading BackTrack3

  1. First create a new Virtual Machine, you can call it what you like. The wizard from Vbox is easy to follow and quite straight forward. However care must be taken at the following points:
    • Ensure that the intended OS is Linux and Version is Linux 2.6
    • At the end of the wizard that you remember to attach the bt3-final.iso as a mounted CD image
  2. Launch the new Virtual Machine
  3. During the boot please remember to select VESA KDE mode from the options present (Vbox has some graphics issues with the others).
  4. Login with user name and password mentioned.
  5. And start KDE using startx

Step 3: Installing Backtrack3 to the harddisk

Step 3.1: Wipeout Wipein

For this installation we are going to install Bt3 on a new partition and we are going to WIPE the current virtual machine hard drive.  In the terminal presented to you when you first log in to Bt3 enter the following (with /dev/hda representing the virtual machine’s harddisk):

$ fdisk /dev/hda
p
o
p
n
p
1
enter
enter
a
1
p
w

Then reboot the machine using the command reboot. And remember to select VESA KDE mode on boot up and log in as normal. The next step of commands will set up the hard drive for the intallation.

$ umount /dev/hda1
$ mkfs.ext3 /dev/hda1
$ mkdir /mnt/bt3
$ mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/bt3
$ mkdir /mnt/bt3/boot

Step 3.2: Copy left, right and center
These commands will perform the actual copy of the os across:

$ cp –-preserve -R /{bin,dev,home,pentest,root,usr,etc,lib,opt,sbin,var} /mnt/bt3
$ mkdir /mnt/bt3/{mnt,proc,sys,tmp}
$ mount –-bind /dev/ /mnt/bt3/dev/
$ mount -t proc proc /mnt/bt3/proc/
$ cp /boot/vmlinuz /mnt/bt3/boot/

Step 3.2: Lilo on the Filo
This will enable the OS to boot properly:

$ chroot /mnt/bt3 /bin/bash
# nano /etc/lilo.conf

Edit the lilo.conf file to look as so:

lba32
boot = /dev/hda
change-rules
reset
vga = normal
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/hda1
label = Backtrack3

Then we save with:
$ lilo -v 

Step 4: Shutdown and reboot

That is it simply restart the virtual machine (make sure the iso has been unmounted) and there you go. Enjoy

Future tutorials may include upgrading the base os of Backtrack3 to the latest slackware distro and or upgrading to KDE 4.2.