Take physical security to the next step by building a web enabled, linux powered USB missile launcher and defend your hacker space (or use the laser to remotely annoy your cat). Plus smart phone emulators, custom Linux command GUIs using Usermin, USB booting and more.
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Our next deathmatch will be HalfLife 2 Deathmatch on Saturday, December 13 at game.hak5.wpengine.com. Prepare to get smack in the face with a flying toilet!
Mad props to TheX1le, Post_break, applecrisp and Codedninja
Web Controlled USB Missile Launcher
Can a hacker crowd source annoying their cat with frickin lasers? Darren invesigates. The Striker II USB Missile Launcher seems like the perfect platform for flying foam mayhem. After pulling his hair out trying six different control applications including Roy Solberg’s Java implementation, David Wilson’s mac app, mfire, Scott Weston’s Python version and Luke Cole’s simple C implementation, Darren finally settles on Alex Suzuki’s Striker-II C++ code as the base for the soon to be web enabled app. As it turns out there is a difference in control protocol between the Striker and the Striker-II which was the root of much frustration. Jason came to Darren’s aid and whipped up a sexy java client/server for the Striker-II. We’ll have him on the show shortly! Until then Darren shows off some of the Java applet code in Eclipse and the sweet plugin JFormDesigner. You can play with the Hak5 USB Missile launcher right now over at HakHouse.com or head over to the Hak5 Forums (Look for the USB Missile Launcher board) and get involved in the development, testing, or find out how to build your own.
Cell Phone Emulators
Perfect for the holidays are cell phone emulators. Try your choice of mobile OS before you actually buy them in store so you dont get stuck with your new smartphone and a two year contract with your wireless company. Using these emulators can introduce you to many, many different smart phone OS. You can compare and choose your favorite and your least favorite easily.
The ones I tried were Windows Mobile 5, Palm Centro, and Blackberry Storm emulators. All three run on different programs made by completely different people, and take a little bit of practice to learn each emulator. via Hak5 forums.
Congrats to SWFu and KirbyPPC who correctly answered last week’s trivia. Answer: Death-ray.
Custom Linux commands using Webmin and Usermin
Talking about making your life easier if you’re a linux system admin I demonstratred the great and free tools Webmin and Usermin available from http://webmin.com/
Installing the package is as easy as RPM -i webmin-1.441-1.noarch.rpm
Once installed goto https://yourserver.com:10000 and login with a user like root. After you’ve logged in you can just start clicking through the menus and see what you can do with this great piece of software.
During the show I explained how to create custom commands and deploy them to users with the webmin addon (http://webmin.com/usermin.html).
If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ustreamer-28589 (if that is your real name) asks if there is a way to burn ISOs to USB drives and boot off them. The answer is a beautiful little cross platform application called UNetbootin — the Universal Netboot Installer. This little guy rocks. It’ll download the latest live ISO of many popular linux distros (including our favorites Backtrack, Gparted, and Ubuntu) and “burn” them to your removable media. Best of all you can specify your own disk images (ISO or Floppy) or specify a custom kernel! Darren swears by this app.
JennyGo asks if there is a way to put her PC into some sort of Kiosk mode running only an SNES emulator for a party she’s having. She doesn’t want noobs effing with her rig. Matt suggests Windows Steady State to lock down the system state but the guys turn up empty when it comes to making the machine run ONLY the SNES emulator. Darren recalls some experimental hacks like replacing shell=explorer.exe in win.ini with shell=snes9x.exe but hasn’t tested this. We’re looking for your input on this one so if you’ve got a great idea on how to lock down this box hit up at email@example.com.
Until next week we welcome your feedback and remind you to Trust your Technolust