Uh oh – Pidgin stores passwords in plain text in accounts.xml

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Funny thing we found out at work today: Pidgin, which is a multi-protocol chat client I’ve been using for years and (worse) recommending to others, stores all passwords in plain text on the file system when you click “connect automatically” in your account options. This basically rules out use of the client in any corporate […]

TIL – Figuring out which port in a switch you’re connected to with tcpdump

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[root@yourbox ~] # sudo tcpdump -nn -v -i eth1 -s 1500 -c 1 ‘ether[20:2] == 0x2000’ tcpdump: listening on eth1, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 1500 bytes 13:53:51.808172 CDPv2, ttl: 180s, checksum: 692 (unverified), length 449 Device-ID (0x01), length: 26 bytes: ‘data_switch_3.dcctools.com’ Version String (0x05), length: 242 bytes: Cisco IOS Software, C3560 Software (C3560-IPBASEK9-M), Version […]