Linux Basics for Hackers: The first book of year 2019

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I am not a voracious reader however, the environment where I stay really motivates me to read at least a book in a month and despite this newly acquired habit is little demanding of my time and sometimes it is bit daunting to spend the time in solitute ..

Nevertheless, please excuse my shabby English provided I am providing you any sense of impression that I don’t enjoy reading. Instead I really like to read, despite I got 18 out of 30 in the Reading Section, during my TOEFL exam (which was the prime reason why I scored only 90 out of 120 and all my friends scored 100 and above).

Through reading I get to know more things,  some feelings that is  hard to scribble down and many a times it is beyond the scope of the word to describe the existence of it !! Perhaps I am bluffing too much, like how my friends use to talk about the movies that they watch and bluff it right to my face as if I should go and die with remorse lol ….

Anyhow, I think it is a good omen that I completed reading a Book called “Linux Basics for Hackers” . It is such a coincidence that today is the last day of the April, 2019 and we just had a mild shower! (weather was scorching). This is the first book I have read in the year 2019 and I have kept few notes while reading the book. I am little skeptical whether the note could be any use to you yet I would like to share it here.. And I look forward to do more of this thing in the near future..

I wish happiness, health an success to you and people around you 🙂



find     directory     options     expression
find     /     -type     f     -name     apache2
find     /etc     -type     f     -name     apache2
To change IP address:
ifconfig     wlan0
Changing your  Network Mask and Broadcast Address:
ifconfig     wlan0     192.1681.2     netmask     broadcast          
Spoofing your Mac Address:
ifconfig     eth0     down 
ifconfig     eth0     hw     ether     00:11:22:33:44:55
ifconfig     eth0     up
hw: hardware
ether: Ethernet
ifconfig and verfity the result 
Assigning New IP addresses from the DHCP Server:
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server
To request an IP address from DHCP, simply call the DHCP server with the command
dhclient eth0
Manipulating the Domain Name System:
It can be used to garner information  on the target
Examining DNS with dig
dig     ns
dig mx
Both BIND an DNS    helps to resolve the domain name to respective IPs 
Changing your DNS Server
echo “nameserver”  >> /etc/resolv.conf
Mapping your own IP address 
Chapter 04
Adding and Removing Software
Before downloading a software package, you can check whether the package you need is available from your repository, which is a place where your operating system stores  information. The apt tool has a search function that can check whether the package  is available . 
apt-cache search keyword
apt-get isntallkeyword 
apt-get remove snort
If you want to remove the configuration files at the same time as the package, you can use the purge option
apt-get purge snort
Adding Repository to your sources.list file
The servers that hold the software for particular distributions of Linux are known as repositories.
Installing Software with Git
Chapter  5
Controlling File  and Directory Permission
Granting Ownership to an individual User:
chown bob /tmp/bobsfile
Granting Ownership     to a Group
Let’s say the root group downloads and installs a program named newIDS; the root group  will need to change the ownership to the security group so the security group can use it at will.
chgrp security new IDS
Checking Permissions
If you want to give both user and other users (not including the group) execute permission, you could enter the following:
chmod u+x, o+x filename.txt
add execute privilege to user and other.
Giving Root Execute Permission on a New Tool
Setting More Security Default Permission with Masks
The unmask method represents the permissions you want to remove from the base permissions on a file or directory to make them more secure.
For example, if you umask is set to 022, a new file with the original default permissions of 666 will now have the permissions 644, meaning the owner has both the read and write permissions, and the group and all other users have only read permission. 
The umask value is not universal to all users on the system.  Each user can set a personal default umask value for the files and directories in the personal  .profile file. 
Special Permissions
Linux has three more special permissions. These three special permissions are set user ID or SUID, and set group ID or SGID, and Sticky bit. 
Granting Temporary Root Permissions with SUID
To set the SUID bit, enter a 4 before the regular expressions, so a file with a new resulting permission of 644 is represented as 4644 when the SUID bit is set.
chmod 4644 filename
Granting the Root User’s Group Permission SGID
with the SGID bit is set, someone without execute permission can execute file if the owner belongs to the group that has permission  to execute the file.
The SGID bit works slightly differently when applied to a directory: when the bit is set on a directory, ownership of new files created in that directory goes to the directory creator’s group, rather than the file creator’s group. This is very useful when a directory is shared by multiple user’s. All user’s in that group can execute the file(s), not just a single user.
The SGID bit is represented as 2 before the regular permissions, so a new file with the resulting permissions 644 would be represented as 2644 when the SGID bit is set.
chmod 2644 filename
The Outdated Sticky Bit:
The sticky bit is a permission bit that you can set on a directory to allow a user to delete or rename files within that directory. However, the sticky bit is a legacy of older unix systems, and modern  system like linux ignores it.
Special Permissions, Privilege Escalation, and the Hacker
find     /     -user     root     -perm     -4000
Start looking at the top of the filesystem with the / syntax. It then looks everywhere below / for files that are owned by the root, specified with user root, and then have the SUID  permission bit set (-perm -4000).
rwsrwxrwx   s SUID bit is set
sudo find / -user root -perm -4000 2>/dev/null
Chapter 6
Process Management
ps aux
Finding the greediest process using Top
Changing process Priority with nice
The values for nice range from -20 to +19, with zero being the default value.  A high nice value translates to a low priority, and a low value translates to a high priority. When a process is started, it inherits the nice value  of its parent process. The owner of the process can lower the priority of the process but cannot increase its priority. Of course, the superuser or the root user can arbitrarily set the nice value of whatever they please.
When you start a process, you can set the priority level with the nice command and then alter the priority after the process has started running with the renice command. The nice command requires that you increment the nice value, where as renice command wants an absolute value for niceness.
Setting the priority  when staging a Process:
If we want to speed up its completion.
nice  -n  -10   /bin/slowprocess
want to be nice to other users and process then you can also set the value to 10. (+ve)
nice  -n  10   /bin/slowprocess
Channing the priority of a Running Process with renice
The renice command takes absolute values between -20 and 19 and sets the priority to the particular level, rather than increasing or decreasing from the level at which it started.
renice requires process ID rather than process name.
So, if slowprocess (PID=6996) is using inordinate amount of resource on your system and you want to give it a lower priority, thus allowing other processes a higher priority and more resources, you could renice the slowprocess, give it a much higher nice value.
renice 20 6996
You can also use  top utility to change the nice value. With the top utility running, simple press R key and then supply the PID and the nice value.
Kill Processes
The kill command has 64 different kill signals, and each does something slightly different. 
kill-signal pid
If you don’t supply a signal flag, it defaults to SIGTERM.
few signals are available at page 96
If you want to restart a process with the HUP signal, enter the -1 option with kill, like so:
kill     -1     6996
kill     -9     6996
This is the absolute kill signal
If you don’t know a process’s PID, you can use the killall command to kill the process.  This process takes the name of the process rather the PID.
killall     -9     zombieprocess
Finally, you can also terminate a process using top command by process K key and then offer the PID number.
Running processes in the Background:
ps &
Moving a process to the foreground:
fg pid
Scheduling Processes:
–     at
–     crond
at     7:20pm     06/25/2019
Chapter 7:
Managing User Environment Variables
Technicall, there are two types of variables: shell and environment. Environement variables are system-wide variables built into your system and interface that control the way your system looks, acts

#Technically, there are two types of variables: Shell and Environment.

Enrivonment variables are system-wide variables built into your system and interface that control the way your system looks, acts and “feels” to the user, and they are inherited by any child shells or processes.

Shell variables, on the other hand, are typically listed in lowercase and are only valid in the shell they are set in.

Variables are simply strings in key-value pairs. Generally, each pair will look like KEY=value.

Multiple values… KEY=value1:value2.



#Viewing All Environment Variables


#Filtering for Particular Variables:

set | grep HISTSIZE

#Changing Variable Values for a Session:

set the HISTSIZE variable to 0 so the system won’t store any of your past commands.


#Making Variable Value Changes Permanent

When you change an environment variable, that change only occurs in that particular environment; in this case, that environment is the bash shell session. This means that when you close the terminal, any changes you made are lost, with values set back to their defaults. If you want to make the changes permanent, you need to use the export command. This command will export the new value from your current environment (the bash shell) to the rest of the system, making it available in every environment until you change and export it again.

For eg

echo $HISTSIZE> ~/valueofHISTSIZE.txt

This way, you can always undo your changes. If you want to be even more cautious and create a text tile with all the current settings, you can save the output of the set command to a text file with a command like this one:

set > ~/valueofALLon01012017.txt

After you’ve changed a variable, you can make the change permanently by entering export and then the variable you changed.


If you want to change again



PS1=”World’s Best hacker: #”

export = PS1


Each directory is separated by a colon (:), and don’t forget to add the $ content symbol to PATH.

Adding to the PATH variable

To be able to use this new tool from any directory, you need to add the directory holding this tool to your PATH variable.

To add newhackingtool to your PATH variable, enter the following :

kali > PATH=$PATH:/root/newhackingtool

This assigns the original PATH variable plus the /root/newhackingtool directory to the new PATH variable, so the variable contains everything it did before, plus the new tool directory.

echo $PATH

Adding a lot of directories could slow down your terminal and your hacking

How Not to Add to the PATH Variable

One mistake commonly made by a new Linux users is assigning a new directory, such as /root/newhackingtool, directly to the PATH variable in this way:

kali > PATH=/root/newhackingtool

kali > echo $PATH


If you use this command, your PATH variable will only contain the /root/newhackingtool directory and no longer contain the system binaries directories such as /bin, /sbin, and others that hold critical commands. When you then go to use any of the system commands, you’ll receive the error command not found, unless you first navigate to the system binaries directory when you execute the command:

kali > cd

command not found

Remember that you want to append to the PATH variable, not replace it. If you’re in doubt, save the contents of the variable somewhere before you modify it.


you can create your own custom, user-defined variables in Linux by simply assigning a value to a new variable that you name. This may be useful when you are doing some more advanced shell scripting or find you’re often using a long command that you get tired of typing over and over.

kali> MYNEWVARIABLE = “Hacking is the most valuable skill set in the 21st century”


Just like out system environment variables, user-defined variables must be exported to persist to new sessions.

If you want to delete this new variable, use the unset command. Always think before deleting a system variable, though, because your system will probably operate much differently afterward.



Chapter 8



Adding Functionality with Variables and User Input

#! /bin/bash

echo “What is your name?”

read name

echo “What chapter are you on in Linux Basics for Hackers?”

read chapter

echo “Welcome ” $name ” to Chapter ” $chapter ” of Linux Basics for Hackers!”


nmap is used to probe a system to see whether it is connected to the network and finds out what ports are open. From the open ports discovered, you can surmise what services are running on the target system. This is crucial skill for any hacker or system administrator.

Hacker Max Story is interesting port 5505 Aloha POS

A Simple Scanner

#! /bin/bash

# This script is designed to find hosts with MySQL installed

nmap -sT -p 3306 > /dev/null -oG MySQLscan

cat MySQLscan | grep open > MySQLscan2

cat MySQLscan2

Improving the MySQL Scanner

#! /bin/bash

# This script is designed to find hosts with MySQL installed

echo “Enter the starting IP address: “

read FirstIP

echo “Enter the last octet of the last IP address: “

read LastOctetIP

echo “Enter the port number you want to scan for: “

read port

nmap -sT FirstIP/FirstIP/LastOctetIP -p $port > /dev/null -oG MySQLscan

cat MySQLscan | grep open > MySQLscan2

cat MySQLscan2



: Returns 0 or True

. Execute a shell script

bg Puts a job in the background

break Exits the current loop

cd Change directory

continue Resumes the current loop

echo Displays the command arguments

eval Evaluates the following expression

exec Executes the following command without creating a new process

exit Quits the shell

export Makes a variable or function available to other programs

fg Brings a job to the foreground

getopts Parses arguments to the shell script

jobs Lists background (bg) jobs

pwd Displays the current directory

read Reads a line from standard input

readonly Declares as variable as read-only

set Lists all variables

shift Moves the parameters to the left

test Evaluates arguments

[ Performs a conditional test

times Prints the user and system times

trap Traps a signal

type Displays how each argument woul be interpreted as a command

umask changes the default permission for a new file

unset Deletes values from a variable or function

wait Waits for a background process to complete

Chapter 9


  • dd command which allows you to copy entire drives, including deleted files on those drives.


LOSSY COMPRESSION is very effective in reducing the size of files, but the integrity of the information is lost. In other words, the file after compression is not exactly the same as the original. This is great for graphics, videos, and audio files.

However, lossy compression is unacceptable when you’re sending files or software and data integrity is crucial.

LOSSLESS COMPRESSION is not as efficient as lossy compression, as you might imagine, but for the hacker, integrity is often far more important than compression ratio.


  • gzip, which uses the extension .tar.gz or .tgz

  • bzip2, which uses the extension .tar.bz2

  • compress, which uses the extension .tar.xz

Compressing with gzip

gzip HackersArise*

ls -l


gunzip HackersArise.*

Compressing with bzip2

bzip2 HackersArise.*

now extension is .tar.bz2

To uncompress

bunzip2 HackersArise.*

Compressing with compress

compress HackerArise.*

To decompress

uncompress HackerArise.*


The basic syntax for the dd command is

dd if=input_file of=output_file

dd if=/dev/sdb of=/root/flashdrive

Numerous options are available to use with the dd command, and you can do a bit of research on these, but among the most useful are the noerror option and the bs (block size) option. As the name implies, the noerror option continues to copy even if errors are encountered. The bs option allows you to determine the block size (the number of bytes read/written per block) of the data being copied. By default, it is set to 512 bytes, but it can be changed to speed up the process. Typically, this would be set to the sector size of the device, most often 4KB (4096 bytes). With these options, your command would look like this:

dd if=/dev/media of=/root/flashcopy bs=4096 conv:noerror

Chapter 10


Mounting in this context simple means attaching drives or disks to the filesystem to make them accessible to the operating system.


cd /dev

ls -l

How Linux Represents Storage Devices:

Linux uses logitcal labels for drives that are then mounted on the filesystem. These logocal labels will vary depending on where the drives are mounted, meaning the same hard drive might have different labels at different times, depending on where and when it’s mounted.

Drive Partitions

swap is similar to page files in Windows – when RAM capacity is exceeded.

Charaacter and Block Devices

crw­­­­­­­ 1 root root 10,175 May 16 12:44 agpgart

These letters represent the two ways that devices transfer data in and out. the c stands for character, and these devices are known, as you might expect, a character devices. External devices that interact with the system by sending and receiving data character by character, such as mice or keyboards, are character devices.

brw-rw—-. 1 root disk 253, 1 Apr 29 08:05 dm-1

The b stands for the second type: block devices. They communicate in blocks of data (multiple bytes at a time) and include devices like hard drives and DVD drives. These devices require higher-speed data throughput and therefore send and receive dat in blocks (many characters or bytes at a time). Once you know whether a device is a character or block device, you can easily get more information about it.

List Block Devices and Information with lsblk

lsblk – list block

The result is similar to the output from fdisk -l, but it will also display devices with multiple partitions in a kind of tree.


A storage device must be first physically connected to the filesystem and then logically attached to the filesystem in order for the data to be made available to the operating system.

The point in the directory tree where devices are attached is known as the mount point. The two main points in Linux are /mnt and /media. As a general rule, internal hard drives are mounted at /mnt, and external USB devices such as flash drives and external USB hard drives are mounted at /media, though technically any directory can be used.

Mounting Storage Devices Yourself

To mount the new hard drive sdb1 at the /mnt directory,

kali> mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt

That hard drive should then be available for access. If you want to mount the flash drvie sdc1 at the /media directory

kali> mount /dev/sdc1 /media

The filesystems that are mounted on a system are kept in a file at /etc/fstab (short for filesystem table), which is read by the system at every bootup.

Unmounting with umount

kali> umount /dev/sdb1


Getting Information on Mounted Disks

The command df (for disk free) will provide us with basic information on any hard disks or mounted devices, such as CD, DVD, and flash drives, including how much space is being used and how much is available. Without any option


Checking for Errors

fsck (filesystem check) checks the filesystem for errors and repairs the damage, if possible, or else puts the bad blocks table to mark it as bad.

So, the first step when performing a filesystem check is to unmount the device.

umount /dev/sdb1

I can add the -p option to have fsck automatically repair any problems with the device, like so:

fsck -p /dev/sdb1

With the device unmounted, I can now check for any bad sectors or other problems with the device, as follows:

fsck -p /dev/sdb1

Chapter 11



Linux uses a daemon called syslogd to automatically log events on your computer. Several variations of syslog, including rsyslog and syslog-ng, are used on different distributions of Linux, and even though they operate very similarly, some minor differences exist.

locate rsyslog

The rsyslog Configuration File

vi /etc/rsyslog.conf


Each line is a separate login rule that says what messages are logged and where they’re logged to. The basic format for these rules is as follows

facility.priority action


The authpriv file has restricted access.

authpriv.* /var/log/secure

Log all the mail messages in one place.

mail.* -/var/log/maillog

The facility keyword references the program, such as mail, kernel, or lpr, whose messages are being logged. The priority keyword determines what kind of messages to log for that program. The action keyword, on the far right, references the location where the log will be sent. Let’s look at each section more closely, beginning with the facility keyword, which refers to whatever software is generating the log, whether that’s the kernel, the mail system, or the user.

The following is a list of valid codes that can be used in place of the faciity keyword in our configuration file rules:

auth/ authpriv Security/authorization cron Clock daemons daemon Other daemons

kern Kernel messages lpr Printing mail Mail system system user Generic user­level messages

An asterisk wildcard(*) in place of a word refers to all facilities. You can select more than one facility by listing them separated by a comma.

The priority tells the system what kinds of messages to log. Codes are listed from lowest priority, starting at debug, to highest priority, ending at panic. If the priority is *, messages of all priorities are logged. When you specify a priority code of alert, the system will log messages classified as alert and higher priority, but it won’t log messages marked as crit or any priority lower than alert.

Here’s the full list of valid codes for priority:

  • debug
  • info
  • notice
  • warning -deprecated
  • warn -deprecated
  • error -deprecated
  • err – deprecated
  • crit
  • alert
  • emerg – deprecated
  • panic -deprecated

The action is usually a filename and location where the logs should be sent. Note that generally, log files are sent to the /var/log directory with a filename that describes the facility that generated them, such as auth. This means, for example, the logs generated by the auth facility would be sent to /var/log.auth.log

Let’s look at some examples of log rules:

mail.* /var/log/mail

This example will log mail events of all (*) priorities to /var/log/mail

kern.crit /var/log/kernel

This example will log kernel events of critical (crit) priority or higher to /var/log/kernel


This last example will log all events of the emergency (emerg) priority to all logged-on users. With these rules, the hacker can determine where the log files are located, change the priorities, or even disable specific logging rules.


Log rotation is the process of regularly archiving log files by moving theme to some other location, leaving you with a fresh log file. That archived location will then get cleaned up after a specified period of time.

Your system is already rotating log files using a cron job that employs the logrotate utiity. You can oconfigure the logrotate utiity to choose the regularity of your log rotation with the /etc/logrotate.conf text file,

First, you can set the unit of time your rotate numbers refer to. The default here is weekly, meaning any number after the rotate keyword always refers to weeks.

Further down, you can see the setting for how often to rotate logs – the default setting is to rotate logs every four weeks.

If you check your log files every week and want to save storage space, you could change this setting to rotate 1. If you have plenty of storage for your logs and want to keep a semi-permanent record for forensic analysis later, you could change this setting to rotate 26 to keep your logs for six months or rotate 52 to keep them for one year.

By default, a new empty log file is created when old ones are rotated out. As the comments in the configuration file advise, you can also choose to compress your rotated log files.

At the end of each rotation period, the log files are renamed and pushed toward the end of the chain of logs as a new log file is created, replacing the current log file. For instance, /var/log.auth will become /var/log.auth.1, then /var/log.auth.2, and so on. If you rotate logs every four weeks and keep four set of backups, you will have /var/auth.log.auth.4, but no /var/log.auth.5, meaning that /var/log.auth.4 will be deleted rather than being pushed to /var/log/auth5. You can see this by using the locate command to find /var/log/auth.log log files with a wildcard.


Removing Evidence

  • (shred) the log files

shred –help


On its own, shred will delete the file and overwrite it several times – by default, shred overwrites four times. Generally, the more times the file is overwritten, the harder it is to recover, but keep in mind that each overwrite takes time, so for very large files, shredding may become time-consuming.

  • -f option to give us permission to shred auth files
  • -n option with desired number of times to overwrite.

shred -f -n 10 /var/log/auth.log*

Disabling Logging

with root

service rsyslog stop

Chapter 12



Need to read this part later when the Raspberry pi is bought

Chapter 13




traffic correlation to break tor anonymity



kali > proxychains

eg, if you wanted to use proxychains to scan a site with nmap anonymously, you would enter the following

kail> proxychains nmap -sT -Pn

This would send nmap -sS stealth scan command to the given IP address through a proxy. The tool then builds the chain of proxies itself, so you don’t have to worry about it.

Setting Proxies in the Config File


Scroll down this file to line 61, and you should see the ProxyList section..

[ProxyList] #add proxy here #Defaults set to “tor” socks4 9050

We can add proxies by entering the IP addresses and ports of the proxies we want to..

proxychains firefox

Adding More Proxies

Dynamic Chaining

Go back into your proxychains configuration file, find the dynamic_chain line (line 10), and uncomment it, as shown next. Also make sure you comment out the strict_chain line if it isn’t already.

Random Chaining

Go back inside the /etc/proxychains.conf file and comment out the lines dynamic_chain and strict_chain by adding a # at the start of each line; then uncomment the random_chain line. We can only use one of these three options at a time, so make certain you comment out the other options before using proxychains.

Next, find and uncomment the line with chain_len and then give it a reasonable number. This line determines how many of the IP addresses in your chain will used in creating your random proxy chain.

chain_len = 3

proxychains will now use three proxies from my list in the /etc/proxychains.conf file, choosing them randomly an dmoving onto the next one if a proxy is down. Note that although this method certainly enhances your anonymity, it also increases the latency of your online activities.

“If someting is free, you’re not the customer; you’re the product.” – Bruce Schneier.


Chapter 14


Wireless at page 192

Chapter 15


kernel and user land.


modules can be added and removed from the kernel.

These drivers must be embedded in the kernel to be fully functional. In some systems, to add a driver, you have to rebuild, compile, and reboot the entire kernel, but linux has the capability of adding some modules to the kernel without going through the entire process. These modules are referred to as loadable kernel modules, or KLMs.

LKMs have access to the lowest levels of the kernel by necessity, making them an incredibly vulnerable target for hackers. A particular type of malware known as rootkit embeds itself into the kernel of the operating systems. Often through these LKMs, If malware embeds itself in the kernel, the hacker can take complete control of the operating system.

If a hacker can get the Linux admin to load a new module to the kernel, the hacker not only can gain control over the target system but, because they’re operating at the kernel level of the operating system, can control what the target system is reporting in terms of processes, ports, services, hard drive space, and almost anything else you can think of.

So, if a hacker can successfully tempt a Linux admin into installing a video or other device driver that has a rootkit embedded in it, the hacker can take total control of the system and kernel. This is the way some of the most insidious rootkits take advantage of Linux and other operating systems.

Understanding LKMs is absolutely key to being an effective Linux admin and being a very effective and stealthy hacker.


uname -a

cat /proc/version


Modern Linux kernels use the sysctl command to tune kernel options. All changes you make with sysctl remain in effect only until you reboot the system. To make changes permanent, you have to edit the configuration file for sysctl directly at /etc/sysctl.conf

In the man-in-the middle (MITM) attack, the hacker places themselves between communicating hosts to intercept information. The traffic passes through the hacker’s system, so they can view and possibly alter the communication. One way to achieve this routing is to enable packet forwarding.

sysctl -a | less | grep ipv4

The line net.ipv4.ip_forward = 0 is the kernel parameter that enables the kernel to forward on the packets it receives. In other words, the packets it receives, it sends back out. The default setting is 0, which means that packet forwarding is disabled.

To enable IP forwarding, change the 0 to a 1 by entering the following:

sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1

Remember that the sysctl changes take place at runtime but are lost when the system is rebooted. To make permanent changes to sysctl, you need to edit configuration file /etc/sysctl.conf. Let’s change the way the kernel handles IP forwarding for MITM attacks and make this change permanent.

To enable IP forwarding, open the /etc/sysctl.conf file in any editor and uncomment the line for ip_forward.

#/etc/sysctl.conf – Configuration file for setting system variables

# See /etc/sysctl.d/ for additional system variables.

# See sysctl.conf (5) for information.

From an operating system-harding perspective, you could use this file to disable ICMP echo requests by adding the line net.ipv4.icmp_echo_ignore_all= 1 to make it more difficult -but not impossible – for hackers to find your system. After adding the line, you will need to run the command

sysctl -p


  • insmod stands for insert module and is intended to deal with modules.
  • lsmod to list the installed modules in the kernel

From the insmod suite, we can load or insert a module with insmod and remove a module with rmmod, which stands for remove module. These commands are not perfect and may not take into account module dependencies, so using them can leave your kernel unstable or unusable. As a result, modern distributions of Linux have now added the modprobe command, which automatically loads dependencies and makes loading and removing kernel modules less risky.

Finding More Information with modinfo

To learn more about any of the kernel modules, we can use the mdinfo command.

modinfo bluetooth

Adding and Removing Modules with modprobe

Most newer distributions of linux, including Kali Linux, include the modprobe command for LKM management.

To add a module to your kernel, you would use the modprobe command with the -a (add) switch, like so:

modprobe -a module-name

To remove the module, use the -r (remove) switch with modprobe followed by the name of the module:

modprobe -r module_to_be_removed

Inserting and Removing a Kernel Module

Let’s try inserting and removing a test module to help you familiarize yourself with this process. Let’s imagine that you just installed a new video card and you need to install the drivers for it. Remember, drivers for devices are usually installed directly into the kernel to give them the necessary access to function properly. This also makes drivers fertile ground for malicious hackers to install a rootkit or other listening device.

Let’s assume for demonstration purpose (don’t actually run these comamnds) that we want to add a new driver named HackersAriseNewVideo. You can add it to your kernel by entering the following:

kali> modprobe -a HackersAriseNewvideo

To test whether the new module loaded properly, you can run the dmesg command, which prints out the message buffer from the kernel, and then filter for “video” and look for any alerts that would indicate a problem:

kali>dmesg | grep video

If there are any kernel messages with the word “video” in theme, they will be displayed here. if nothing appears, there are no messages containing that keyword.

Then, to remove this same module, you can enter the same comamnd but with the -r switch

kali>modprobe -r HackersAriseNewVideo

Remember, the loadable kernel modules are a convenience to a Linux user/admin, but they are also a major security weakness and one that professional hackers should be familiar with. As I said before, the LKM’s can be the perfect vehicle to get your rootkit into the kernel and wreak havoc!

Chapter 16



The cron daemon and the cron table (crontab) are the most useful tools for scheduling regular tasks. The first, crond, is a daemon that runs in the background. The cron daemon checks the cron table for which commands to run at specified times. We can alter the cron table to schedule a task or job to execute regularly on a particular day or date, at a particular time daily, or every so many weeks or months.

To schedule these tasks or jobs, enter them into the cron table file, located at /etc/crontab. These cron table has seven fields: the first five are used to schedule the time to run the task, the sixth field specified the user, and the seventh field is used for the absolute path to the command you want to execute. If we were using the cron table to schedule a script, we could simply put the absolute path to the script in the seventh field.

Each of the five time fields represents a different element of time: the minute, hour, day of the month, month, and day of the week, in that order. Every element of time must be represented numerically, so March is represented as 3 (you cannot simply input “March”). Days of the week begin at 0, which is Sunday, and end at 7, which is also Sunday.

Time Representations for Use in the crontab

FieldTime Unit Representation

Minute 0-59

Hour 0-23

Day of the month 1-31

Month 1-12

Day of the week 0-7

M H DOM MON DOW USER COMMAND 30 2 * * 1-5 /root/myscanningscript

The crontab file helpfully labels the columns for you. Note that the first field provides the minute 30, the second field provides the hour 2, the fifth field provides the days 1-5, or Monday through Friday, the sixth field defines the user root, and the seventh field is the path to the script. the third and fourth fields contain asterisks (*) because we want this script to run every day Monday through Friday regardless of the day of the month or the month.

the fifth field defines a range fo the day of the week by using a dash (-) between the numbers. If you want to execute a script on multiple noncontiguous days of the week, you can separate those days with comma(,). thus, Tuesday and Thursday would be 2,4.

Sample of what is inside a crontab

# /etc/crontab: system­wide crontab # Unlike any other crontab, you don’t have to run the ‘crontab’ # command to install the new version when you edit this file # and files in /etc/cron.d. These files also have username fields, # which no other crontabs do. SHELL=/bin/sh PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin # m h dom mon dow user command 17 * * * * root cd / && run­parts ­­report /etc/cron.hourly 25 6 * * * root test ­x /usr/sbin/anacron II ( cd / && run­parts 47 6 * * 7 root test ­x /usr/sbin/anacron II ( cd / && run­parts 52 6 1 * * root test ­x /usr/sbin/anacron II ( cd / && run­parts #

Scheduling a Backup Task

if you only wanted the backup to run on the 15th and 30th of every month, regardless of what days of the week those dates fell on, you could revise the entry in crontab to appear as follows:

0 0 2 15,30 * * backup /root/

15,30 tells the system to run the script only on the 15th and 30th of every month, so around every two weeks.

00 23 * * 1-5 backup /root/

This job would run at 11pm, every day of the month, every month, but only on Monday through Friday(1-5). Especially note that we designated the days.

Using crontab to Schedule Your MySQLscanner

00 9 * * * user /user/share/

We’ve set up the job to run at 00 minutes, at the ninth hour, every day of the month (*) , every month(*), every day of the week(*), and to run it as a regular user.

Now, let’s say you wanted to be particularly careful and only run this scanner on weekends and at 2 AM when it’s less likely that anyone is watching the network traffic. You also only want it to run in the summer, June through August. Your job would now

00 2 * 6-8 0,6 user /user/share/

You would add this to your crontab like so:

# /etc/crontab: system­wide crontab # Unlike any other crontab, you don’t have to run the ‘crontab’ # command to install the new version when you edit this file # and files in /etc/cron.d. These files also have username fields, # which none of the other crontabs do. SHELL=/bin/sh PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin # m h dom mon dow user command 17 * * * * root cd / && run­parts ­­report /etc/cron.hourly 25 6 * * * root test ­x /usr/sbin/anacron II ( cd / && run­parts report /etc/cron.daily ) 47 6 * * 7 root test ­x /usr/sbin/anacron II ( cd / && run­parts ­­report /etc/cron.weekly ) 52 6 1 * * root test x /usr/sbin/anacron II ( cd / && run­parts ­­report /etc/cron.monthly ) 00 2 * 6-8 0,6 user /usr/share/

crontab Shortcuts

  • @yearly
  • @annually
  • @monthly
  • @weekly
  • @daily
  • @midnight
  • @noon
  • @reboot

So, if you wanted the MySQL scanner to run every night at midnight, you could add the following line to the crontab file:

@midnight user /user/share/


Whenever you start your Linux system, a number of scripts are run to set up the environment for you. These are know as the rc script. After the kernel has initialized and loaded all its modules, the kernel starts a daemon known as init or init.d. This daemon then begins to run a number of scripts found in /etc/init.d/rc. These scripts include commands for starting many of the services necessary to run your Linux system as you expect.

Linux Runlevels

Linux has multiple runlevels that indicate what services should be started at bootup. For instance, runlevel 1 is single-user mode, and services such as networking are not started in runlevel 1. The rc scripts are set to run depending on what runlevel is selected.

0 halt the system 1 single-user/ minimal mode 2-5 multiuser modes 6 Reboot the system

Adding Services to rc.d

You can add services for the rc.d script to run at startup using the update-rc.d command. This command enables you to add or remove services from the rc.d script. The syntax for update-rc.d is straightforward; you simply list the command followed by the name of the script and then the action to perform, like so

kali> update-rc.d <remove|defauls|disable|enable>


apt-get install rcconf


Chapter 17


pip3 install —

pip3 show —

Installing Third-Party Modules



sam = “Tashi Delek Samdup la!”

age = 29

pi = 3.141

myList = [1,2,3,4,5,6]

dic = {‘name’:’samdup’, ‘age’:29}

print(sam) print(age) print(myList) print(dic)

This creates five variables that contain different data types: a string, treated as text; an integer, which is number type without decimals that can be used in numerical operations: a float, which is number type with decimals that can also be used to numerical operations; a list, which is a series of values stored together; and a dictionary, which is an unordered set of data where each value is paired with a key, meaning each value in the dictionary has a unique identifying key. This is useful for when you want to refer to or change a value by referring to a key name. For example, say you have a dictionary called fruit_color configured like the following:

fruit_color= {‘apple’:’red’, ‘grape’:’green’, ‘orange’:’orange’}

If later in your script you want to get the fruit_color of the grape, you simply call it by its key:


You could also change values for particular keys: for example, here we change the color of the apple:



multiline comment “”” this is comment line “””


  • exit() exits from a program
  • float() returns its argument as a floating-point number. For example, float(1) would return 1.0
  • help() displays help on the object specified by its argument
  • int() returns the integer portion of its argument(truncates)
  • len() returns the number of elements in a list or dictionary.
  • max() returns the maximum value from its argument (a list).
  • open() opens the file in the mode specified by its arguments.
  • range() returns a list of integers between two values specified by its arguments.
  • sorted() takes a list as an argument and returns it with its elements in order
  • type() returns the type of its argument (for example, int, file, medhot, function).

You can also create your own functions to perform custom tasks. Since there are so many already built into the language, it’s always worth checking whether a function already exists before going through the effort of building it yourself. There are many ways to do this check. Library Reference.


Many programming languages use arrays as a way to store multiple separate objects. An array is a list of values that can be retrieved, deleted, replaced, or worked with in various ways by referencing a particular value in the array by its position in the list, known as its index.


A module is simply a section of code saved into a separate file so you can use it as many times as you need in your program without having to type it all out again. If you want to use a module or any code from a module, you need to impor it.


import nmap


OBJECT Property Attribute or state

    Function or procedure 

For eg, a car is an object that has properties, such as its wheets, color, size, and engine type; it also has methods, which are the actions the car takes, such as accelerating and locking the doors. From the perspective of natural human language, an object is a noun, a property is an adjective, and a method is generally a verb.

Objects are members of a class, which is basically a template for creating objects with shared initial variables, properties, and methods.For instance, say we had a class called cars; our car (a BMW) would be a member of the class of cars. This class would also include other objects/cars.

Class may also have subclasses. Our car class has a BMW subclass, and an object of that subclass might be the model 320i.

Each object would have properties (make, model, year and color) and methods (start, drive and park)


Building a TCP Client


import socket

s = socket.socket()


answer = s.recv(1024)



Once you make the connection, there are a number of things you can do. Here, we use the receive method recv to read 1024 bytes of data from the socket and store them in a variable named answer; these 1024 bytes will contain the banner information. Then we print the contents of that variable to the screen with the print() function to see what data has been passed over that socket, allowing us to spy on it!

We can use this script to find out what application, version, and operating system are running at that IP address and port.

Creating a TCP Listener

That socket can also be used to create a TCP listener, to listen to connections from outsiders to your server.

In the following script, you will create a socket on any port of your system that, when someone connects to that socket, collects key information about the connector’s system. Enter the script and save it as Make sure to give yourself execute permissions with chmod.

program error


import socket

TCP_IP = “” TCP_PORT = 6996 BUFFER_SIZE = 100

s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET,socket.SOCK_STREAM) s.bind((TCP_IP,TCP_PORT)) s.listen(1)

conn, addr = s.accept() print(‘Connection address:’, addr)

while 1: data=conn.recv(BUFFER_SIZE) if not data:break print(“Received data: “,data) conn.send(data) #echo


The buffer size of the data we want to capture from the connecting system.

We define the socket and bind the socket to the IP address and port using the variables we just created. We tell the socket to listen using the listen() method from the socket library.

We then capture the IP address and port of the connecting system using the socket library’s accept method, and we print that information to the screen so the user can see it. Notice the while 1: syntax here; it is used to run the indented code that comes after it indefinitely, meaning Python keeps checking for data until the program is stopped.

Finally, we place the information from the connecting system into a buffer, print it, and then close the connection.



  • act like associative arrays in other languages.

  • iterable, meaning we use a control structure such as a for statement to go through the entire dictionary, assigning each element of the dictionary to a variable until we come to the end of the dictionary.

dict = {key:value1, key2:value2, key3:value3…}

Control Statements

The if statement

if conditional expression run this code if the expression is true else runt his code

For eg, here we have a code snippet that hcecks the value of a user ID; if it is 0 (the root user in Liunux is always UID 0), then we print the message “You are the root user.” Else, if it is any othe value, we print the message “You are Not the root user.”

if userid == 0 print(“You are the root user”) else print(“You are not the root user”)


The while loop


count = 1 
while(count <=10):
    print (count)
    count +=1

The for Loop

The for loop can assign values from a list, string, dictionary, or other iterable structure to an index variable each time through the loop, allowing us to use each item in the structure one after the other. For eg, we can use a for loop to attempt passwords until we find a match, like so:

for password in passwords:
    attempt = connect (username, password)

    if attempt == "230"

        print ("Password found: "+password)


In this code snippet, we create a for statement that continues through a list of passwords we have provided and attempts to connect with a username and password. If the connection attempt receives a 230 code, which is a code for a successful connection, the program prints “Password found: ” and then the password. It thne exits. If it does get a 230, it will continue through each of the remaining passwords until it receives a 230 or until it exhausts the list of passwords.


We’ll add a list of ports that we want to grab the banner from, rather than just listening on one port, and then loop through the list using a for statement. In this way, we can search for and grab banners for multiple ports and display them to the screen.

First, let’s create a list and put additional ports in it. Open our code and modify it..

I will rather write an another another improved version of it from the scratch …


import socket

ports = [21,22,25,80,443,3306]

for i in range(0,6): s = socket.socket() ports=port[i] print(“This is the banner for the port”) print(ports)

answer = s.recv(1024)

We create a list called Ports and add four elements, each representing a port. then we create a for statement that iterates through that list four times, since it has four items.

Remember that when you’re using a for loop, the code associated with the loop must be indented beneath the for statement.

We need to alter the program to reflect the use of a variable from the list on each iteration through. To do so, we create a variable named port and assign it to the value from the list at each iteration. Then we use the variable in our connection.

Didn’t work


to deal with possible errors, we use exception handling, which is simple code that handles a particular problem, presents an error message, or even uses an exception for decision making.


A try block tries to execute some code, and if an error occurs, the except statement handles that error. In some case, we can use the try/except structure for decision making, similar to if…else. For instance, we can use try/except in a password cracker to try a password and, if an error occurs due to the password not matching, move to the next password with the except statement.


import ftplib

server = input(“FTP Server: “)

user = input(“username: “)

Passwordlist = input(“Path to Password List > “)

try: with open(Passwordlist, ‘r’) as pw: for word in pw: word = word.strip(‘\r’).strip(‘\n’)

	try : 

		ftp = ftplib.FTP(server)
		print("Success! The password is" + word)
		print('still trying ...')

except: print(‘Wordlist error’)

we’re going to use tools from the ftplib module for the FTP protocol, so first we import that. Next, we create a variable named server and another variable named user, which will store some comamnds for user input. Your script will prompt the user to enter the IP address of the FTP server and the username for the account the user is trying break into.

We then begin the try block of code that will use th epassword list provided by the user to attempt to crack the password for the username supplied by the user to attempt to crack the password for the username supplied by the user.

Note that we use a new Python function called strip(). This function removes the first and last character of a string (in this case, the Passwordlist). This is necessary if the passwords in this list have a preceding whitespace or comma. the strip() function removes these and leaves just the string of characters of the potential password. If we don’t strip the whitespace, we might get a false negative.

Then we use a second try block. Here we use the ftplib module to first connect to the server using the IP address the user supplied and then try the next password from the password list on that account.

If the combination of the username and password results in an error, the block exits and goes to the except clause, where it prints still tryig and then returns to the top of the for clause and grabs the next password from the password list to try.

If the combination succeeds, the successful password is printed to the screen. The final line pciks up any other situations that would otherwise result in errors. An example would be if the user input something the program couldn’t process, such as bad path to the wordlist or a missing wordlist.



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