Oct 272011

I knew Linux had capability bits, but I had never used them until a friend figured out a way to run wireshark as a normal user and still capture packets. For a Network Engineer, this is really handy. I think distributions should make this standard.

sudo groupadd wireshark
sudo usermod -a -G wireshark YOUR_USER_NAME
sudo chgrp wireshark /usr/bin/dumpcap
sudo chmod 750 /usr/bin/dumpcap
sudo setcap cap_net_raw,cap_net_admin=eip /usr/bin/dumpcap
sudo getcap /usr/bin/dumpcap

The shell snippet is really trimmed down. For more details, check out tavshed’s blog post.

 Posted by at 10:41
Jul 192011

A friend offered to take me dirt biking last weekend. After battling the flood road closures, we finally got there and it was a blast. After killing the engine about 30 times and getting drenched in my own sweat, we called it quits at about 1pm. That was about right too, the 95F / 80% humidity was getting to be a bit much. I would have to guess that we each drank about a gallon of water.

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 Posted by at 16:29