Category Archives: Releases

checkPTS: A script to detect if someone is trying to hide his presence on the server

I added a new script to the repo “ala-scripts” called checkPTS. This script is to check if any logged in user tried to hide his status by removing his entry from utmp, so if you are online, and you type “w” to check for logged in users, you wouldn’t see him.

This method is used by a lot of hackers (I mean the ones that try to gain illegal access to your box) to hide there presence.

When this happens, the script issues a bunch of commands, adds some log files and send that to me by email (using mutt).

Please if anybody finds an issue in that file, please send me, either here or on github.

Apple Launches New Site for Open Source

Mac OS Forge dedicated to projects focused on Mac OS X.

Mac OS Forge, a new community development site hosted by Apple, was recently launched to support Web Kit and other open source projects focused on Mac OS X. In addition, developers can create and browse third-party open source projects that are closely related to the Macintosh operating system. Current projects on Mac OS Forge include source code to the new iCal Server in Leopard Server, and Apache-licensed versions of Bonjour service discovery and Launchd process management.

While select projects in Mac OS X are featured on Mac OS Forge, a complete set of open source software within Mac OS X can be found by visiting the Apple Developer Connection.

Taken form the Apple Developer Connection newsletter

First Of June (Something New)

Well, it was a rough day, also a lot of new things were done.
First thing launched their new Home Page, it’s really nice, also the NoLimits thing where now you can take an unlimited storage for your email at maktoob, also by the end of the day also Maktoob-Women section (Beta Version) was launched too, it’s really nice.
In the middle of the day I found that Ubuntu at last realesed their dapper version (I’ve been using it for about 2 months through all the alpha beta thing, also my CD’s are on there way :P), well they’ve done a lot of good stuff in it.
In the end of the day I received an email from informing me that Zend Studio Version 5.2 has been released too, I really love this software, it really makes my life easier.
Well I guess there is something new about this June …

Firefox 2.0 alpha available

If you aspire to be an early adopter, here’s your chance. An alpha version of Firefox 2.0 called “Bon Echo” is available on Mozilla’s FTP servers, and you can choose from the Windows version, Mac OS X version, or Linux version.

Due out later this year, Firefox 2.0 promises a handful of improvements and new features over what is already a very solid browser. (By way of disclosure, I use Firefox 1.5 exclusively on my PC.)

Version 2.0 has a handful of new features. One of the more interesting features is the revamped places menu, which is accessible from the bookmarks toolbar. Clicking on that brings up a box that will allow you to search your history, bookmarks, and RSS subscriptions for a keyword. Very useful if you remember reading about something interesting earlier in the day and need to quickly locate the web page again. Aesthetically speaking, there are a few minor tweaks to the UI, such as Xs on inactive tabs for easy closing.

Google’s antiphishing tech is also planned for inclusion in a future version of Firefox. Although it does not appear to be incorporated into this early alpha of 2.0, Google Safe Browsing—which uses a combination of blacklisting and “best guesses” about a site’s intention—may yet make it into the final release of Firefox 2.0.

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