pspy – unprivileged linux process snooping

pspy is a command line tool designed to snoop on processes without need for root permissions. It allows you to see commands run by other users, cron jobs, etc. as they execute. Great for enumeration of Linux systems in CTFs. Also great to demonstrate your colleagues why passing secrets as arguments on the command line is a bad idea. The tool gathers it’s info from procfs scans. Inotify watchers placed on selected parts of the file system trigger these scans to catch short-lived processes. Getting started Get the tool onto the Linux machine you want to inspect. First get the […]


Forkstat is a program that logs process fork(), exec() and exit() activity. It is useful for monitoring system behaviour and to track down rogue processes that are spawning off processes and potentially abusing the system. Note that forkstat uses the Linux netlink connector to gather process activity and this may miss events if the system is overly busy. Netlink connector also requires root privilege. forkstat command line options: -d strip off the directory path from the process name -D specify run duration in seconds. -e select which events to monitor. -h show brief help summary -l set stdout to line-buffered […]

THC-Hydra 8.6

Hydra is born more than 10 years ago, this page is used as a recap of the functionalities it provides, but also the differences in feature sets, services coverage and code between the most popular network authentication cracker tools available. Each feature is compared against Hydra as of the current version. This table is updated as new features are added to the project. If you find any inaccuracies on this page please do not hesitate to contact us. [0x00] News and Changelog Check out the feature sets and services coverage page – including a speed comparison against ncrack and medusa (yes, we […]

Raspberry Pi 2 is now

Let’s get the good stuff out of the way above the fold. Raspberry Pi 2 is now on sale for $35 (the same price as the existing Model B+), featuring: A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance) 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory) Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1 Because it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as Microsoft Windows 10. BCM2836 AND RASPBERRY PI 2 Since we launched the original Raspberry Pi Model B, back in 2012, we’ve done an enormous amount of software work to get […]

Start/Stop/Restart MySQL Server

If you are using MySQL on Debian/Ubuntu Linux then use following command: Start mysql server

Stop mysql server

Restart mysql server