BTSync 1.4 first time login issue


Heads up! I ran into this issue and the following works to fix it.
What’s happening: I’m able to get to the webgui and login with my preset username/password. It then asks me to create a new user, which I do. When I get in and click “Add Folder” there are no folders (it’s empty). Also, if I restart the btsync process, it asks me again to create a new user, like it never actually saved the first user I created.

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Poor Man’s Proxmox Cluster




Networking I had written this elsewhere before, but thought I would share it on my own site as well. The idea here is to create a Proxmox VE cluster with limited resources, in particular a lack of a private network / VLAN. We address this by creating a virtual private network using a lightweight VPN provider, namely Tinc.

You could use something else, like OpenVPN or IPSEC. The former is a bit on the heavy side for the task, whilst the latter may not have all the features we need. Specifically, Tinc allows us to create an auto-meshing network, packet switching and use multicast. Multicast will be needed to create a Proxmox VE cluster, whilst the virtual switching ensures packets will eventually be routed to the right server and VM.


Create an additional vmbr

By default there should already be a vmbr0 bridge for Proxmox.  We will need to create – or modify – an additional vmbr, which in this example we name vmbr1.


Warning: on many systems, vmbr0 bridge is used to make your server accessible over the public network – so do not edit that unless absolutely required!

You also need to think of what private IP block you would like to use, and assign each Proxmox VE server an IP from within that private IP block. For example, I use the IP range (which is and a netmask of The 192.168.15.x range I assign to the Proxmox VE servers, whereas the 192.168.14.x range I assign to containers / VMs. Using that IP range, you would change the /etc/network/interfaces file as following:

You can force the changes using:

You will need to do this on each server, taking care to select a different IP address. Keep it simple, start at, and increment the last number for each new server.


The next step would be installing Tinc and configuring it in such a way that Proxmox VE can use multicast over that virtual private network.

So on the server, install Tinc with:

Next, create a directory where the configuration for the VPN will reside (you can have multiple configurations as such):

Next, we create a basic configuration, which tells Tinc to use a “switch” mode and what this server’s “name” is. For sake of simplicity, use the hostname for the “name” (use uname -n to determine it):

The “ConnectTo” is currently left blank, but will be important once you have setup the other servers.  More on this later.

Then we create a server-specific configuration. Note that the filename is the same as specified in “Name =” above.

Obviously you should replace the “Address” line with the actual public IP address of your server.

Now we need to create a public/private key. The private key will remain exactly that: private. The public key will be appended to the file we just created (/etc/tinc/vpn/hosts/server1), which will eventually be distributed to the other servers.

It will ask you to confirm two file locations. The default should be correct (with the last/2nd one the file as mentioned above).

Now we need an up/down script, to do some post configuration of the network when the VPN comes up (or goes away). This is a simple copy & paste, provided you have setup vmbr1 as outlined earlier:

What the above does, is add the VPN tunnel to the vmbr1 bridge. Furthermore, it allows multicast messages over vmbr1. It also sets the use of masquerading, to allow a VM on a private IP to communicate successfully with the outside world – it will use the IP address of vmbr0 to do so.

Then, you need to tell Tinc that the contents in the “vpn” sub-directory should be started whenever it starts:

You will need to do this on each server that needs to be part of the VPN. In addition, the files within the directory /etc/tinc/vpn/hosts/ needs to be distributed to all servers (so that all servers have the files from the other servers). Its simple enough to script this, if you want to go that route, but that’s beyond the scope here.

As mentioned earlier, you will need to edit the /etc/tinc/vpn/tinc.conf and provide the name of another server in the “ConnectTo” setting that was previously left blank.  Which server you chose is entirely up to you, and you could chose a different one for each server – remember that Tinc is auto-meshing, so it will connect all servers over time.

Note: without making that change to /etc/tinc/vpn/tinc.conf, Tinc will not know what to do so you will not have a working VPN as a result.

Once you have edited the configuration as outlined, (re)start Tinc using the following command:

And test your network by pinging another node on its private IP, ie:

Note I use the “-c3″ here, to limit the amount of pings. If the VPN was not configured correctly, or a firewall is interfering, you may otherwise end up with a large number of “Host or destination is unreachable” errors.

Forcing the private IP address

We need to force Proxmox VE, or more specifically Corosync, to use the private IP addresses rather than the public IP address.  This because the multicast needs to be done over our virtual private network.

The easiest, but also the “dirtiest” method is to simply change the /etc/hosts, which I will outline here.

The first step is to ensure that the /etc/hosts file is read before attempting to do a full DNS lookup:

Next edit the /etc/hosts file, by commenting out the original line, and adding our own:

Make sure that the private IP address matches the one you assigned to vmbr1 (double check with ifconfig vmbr1).

Again, this is a “dirty” method and you may want to use your own DNS server instead that resolves IPs for a local network (say, “server1.servers.localnet”).

At this stage, reboot the server to ensure the changes get picked up and everything works as expected (that is, your server comes back up online – hmm!).

Create the cluster

If you do not yet have a cluster configured, you need to create one first. So pick a particular server that you would like to consider as a “main server” and perform the following:

Where <arbitrary-name> is something of your own choosing. Keep the name short and simple, without spaces or other funny characters.

The “main server” is a loose term really, as any server within the cluster can manage other servers. But use it as a consistent starting point for adding other servers to the cluster.

You can check if things are working correctly with:

In particular, you’d want to make sure that the “Node addresses:” portion is the private IP address as on vmbr1.

Adding servers to the cluster

Adding a server (node) to the cluster will need a little preparation. Specifically, because we use private IP addresses for the cluster, we need to force other nodes to do the same when trying to contact another node. In other words, if server1 wants to contact server2, it should use the 192.x range instead of the public IP address.

So, based on the above example, on server1 we need to add a line to the /etc/hosts like this:

Note the double “>>” brackets. If you use a single “>” one, you overwrite the entire file with just that line. You’ve been warned.

And on server2, we need to make sure server1 can be contacted using its private IP as well, so on that server, we perform:

All of this can be made much fancier with your own DNS server and bindings, but again, this is beyond the scope and goes on the assumption you don’t mind doing this for the 2, 5 or 10 servers or so you may have. If you have a few hundred, then I wouldn’t expect you to be looking at a “Poor Man’s” setup.

On the server that you will be adding to the cluster, make sure that you can successfully ping that private IP address of the “main server”.

If tested OK, then still on that server (thus the one that isn’t yet part of the cluster), type:

Where “server1″ is the “main server” (the one on which you first created the cluster). It will ask you for the root password for SSH for server1, and then does its thing with configuration.

Note: If you have disabled password-based root logins using SSH, you may have to temporarily enable it. Using SSH keys would be a preferred method over passwords.

After this has been done, the node should automatically on your web-based GUI and can be verified from the CLI using:

If the nodes show up in the “pvecm nodes” command and GUI, then you have successfully created the cluster.

Note: A note about a 2-node cluster and quorum can be found here.

Containers and VMs

You can now create containers and VMs that can be migrated between the nodes.

You can either assign the private IP address directly (venet, only on OpenVZ containers) or as a network device (veth) attached to vmbr1.

The private IP address should be within the range of your specified netmask on vmbr1. So going by the above example of using, that’s anything between and Make sure the IP isn’t already used by another VM or a node (see initial notes, re 192.168.14.x for VMs).

If you fire up the VM, its private IP address should be ping-able from any server, and from within the container / VM, you can ping any private as well as public IP address (the latter thanks to masquerading configured with the tinc-up script). If this is not the case, the network configuration was not done correctly.

Final notes

You should now have at least one container / VM with a private IP address. Its good and well if this VM doesn’t need to be accessed from the outside world, but if you want to give it such access, you will need to use NAT on the server. This will instruct the node that incoming traffic on a particular port will need to be forwarded to a particular VM.

For example, TCP port 25 on is forwarded to VM on IP

Note that this is just a simple guide to help you get started. More importantly, it doesn’t include any basic security measures such as a firewall (there are other articles about a firewall for Proxmox on this site [here and here], which I will update when I can).


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After upgrading to Windows 8.1 Pro from the Windows Store, I found that my VirtualBox VMs using bridged networking were no longer able to run. All the physical NICs had disappeared from my bridged adapter list in the VirtualBox Manager. To restore them:

  • Open Network and Sharing Center
  • Change Adapter Settings
  • Open “Properties…” of the physical adapter you need to bridge to
  • Click “Install…”
  • Choose “Service”
  • Install the “VirtualBox Bridged Networking Driver”
  • If prompted for a directory to install from, it’s “drivers\network\netflt” inside the folder VirtualBox is installed (e.g. C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\drivers\network\netflt)

No reboot is required, although the network connection will drop. This also seemed to install the service for all NICs, including the TAP virtual NIC I have installed on my computer.

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Feature Comparison: LibreOffice – Microsoft Office


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Disclaimer: This page is work in progress. It is a compilation by users and not an official document by the Document Foundation. Please feel free to improve this page.




This page compares the features of LibreOffice 4.1 and Microsoft Office 2013. It separates major and minor feature differences and also includes LibreOffice extensions. The comparison highlights differences and therefore does not display any features which are present in both office suites.

General office suite: LibreOffice vs. Microsoft Office

Major Feature Differences LibreOffice 4.1 MS Office 2013
Cross-platform availability Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreBSD (based on the same code base). Windows and Mac OS X (based on different code bases resulting in some format compatibility problems and differences in the user interface). Mac OS X Version is old version “Office 2011” and no MS Access.
Supported versions of MS Windows Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 (8.1, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 also reported to work. Needs to be added to page “System Requirements” (fdo#71690)) Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, Windows RT (few features missing, no MS Access and not Metro-compliant)
Portable version that runs on USB flash disks (without installation) yes no (discontinued MS Office Starter 2010 edition runs on USB flash disks)
Open Source yes, licensed under GNU LGPL Version 3 no, proprietary and closed-source
Full integration of all office components supported, Start Center, creation and opening of files of other office components. not supported
Availability free of charge yes no, proprietary programme plus additional charges for language packs. 30-day trial version available.
Eco-system of extensions complex ecosystem of valuable extensions (over 190 on and over 750 for LibreOffice (including automatic updates). partly, no centralized extension system.
Localization 110 languages 96 languages (52 main languages for purchase, 44 more languages (in total 60) from Language Interface Packs (LIPs) for free download)
Changing language of the user interface on the fly supported supported, but requires additional purchase of language packs / download of local LIPs
Additional writing aids extended support (spell-check dictionaries, hyphenation patterns, thesaurus and grammar check, specialized dictionaries as extensions (123456,7)) limited, requires additional purchase of language packs
Support of complex languages and special font features (ligatures, true small caps, old style numbers, proportional or mono-spaced numbers, capital spacing, true superscript/subscript) comprehensive support of SIL Graphite font technology (not available of Mac OS X). Support of OpenType optional features limited to localized forms (locl) (fdo#58941). limited via OpenType supporting ligatures, stylistic sets, number spacing options, number forms, contextual alternates.
Easy access to vector clip art yes via LO Gallery (clipart extensions (1 or 2)) selection more limited
Macro scripting languages multiple languages, support for wide variety of languages (LibreOffice Basic, JavaScript, BeanShell and Python). single language, support for Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Indirectly also Visual Basic or Visual C# by using automation.
CMIS protocol support to access Document Management Systems support for Alfresco, Nuxeo, SharePoint, IBM FileNet Lotus Live Files, Lotus Quickr Domino, OpenDataSpace and OpenText ELS. Support for GDrive will be available in coming version 4.2. inbuilt support only for SharePoint and Skydrive
Support of ISO standardized OpenDocument (ODF) format advanced support, v. 1.2 extended limited (Windows), v. 1.2, no ODF support on MacOS X
PDF export extended options multiple options (Additional options: detailed image settings, watermarks, HybridPDF, embedding of standard fonts, transition effects, tagged pdf, extended security and permission options, PDF forms, initial view settings, extended handling of URLs, digital signatures) no additional options
Creation of HybridPDFs (ODF file embedded in PDF for full editing) supported not supported
Import of graphics formats SVG vector graphics, PSD Photoshop and CorelDraw supported not supported
Import of MS Visio files supported not supported (only via MS Visio which is not part of MS Office)
Import of video and audio formats FLAC Audio flac, Flash Video (flv), Matroska Media, OGG Audio, Ogg Video, Quicktime Video and WebM Video supported not supported
Drawing programme LibreOffice Draw no
PIM and email programme not part of office suite, referring to Mozilla Thunderbird with Mozilla Lightning. MS Outlook
Import & Export of Microsoft OOXML files Good support of real life OOXML files (e.g. .xlsx, .docx, .pptx) as well as standardized OOXML files Advanced support of transitional (default) and strict OOXML files.
PDF Import partial, into Draw with the limitation that text is imported line-based (fdo#32249). supported, into MS Word
User Interface approach Classic UI; New Sidebar currently available as experimental feature Ribbon UI; Classic UI available as third-party paid extension
User interface improved to enable use on touch screen devices on desktop operating systems no Slightly adjusted user interface for touch screen devices, but no redesign
Versions of office suite for mobile operating systems no, ports for Android and iOS in development (1,2,34) Versions for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 with heavily restricted feature set, good viewing capabilities but very limited editing abilities. Mobile versions are restricted to smartphones (not on tablets). Android and iOS versions only available if subscribed to Microsoft 365 Cloud services at a monthly fee.
Online/cloud version of office suite no, in development: experimental version. Office web apps, with reduced functionality. (1)
Synchronous collaborative editing no, in development: experimental version supported
Minor Feature Differences LibreOffice 4.1 MS Office 2013
Import of graphics formats DXF, MET, PBM, PCD, PCX, PGM, PPM, PPM, RAS, SGF, SVM, TGA, XBM, XPM supported not supported
Import of additional video and audio formats: CD Audio, Vivo Video. supported not supported
Written in language(s) C++, Java, Python C++, C, (ASM)1
Enhanced list of recent files and folders partial (fdo#61174fdo#60743). Option to clear list of recent documents. supported (option to set recent files as permanent)
Digital signatures / Signature Line single signature without visual features (fdo#63001) supported
Custom colours in formula editor Set of 8 colours (fdo#40436) supported
Ink annotations (e.g. on a windows tablet computer) not supported, (only support for import of existing ink annotations from MS Word file format) supported
Live preview while formatting not supported (fdo#37048) supported
Import of graphics formats MEZ, WMZ, PCZ, CGM not supported supported

Word processors: LibreOffice Writer vs. Microsoft Word

Major Feature Differences LO Writer 4.1 MS Word 2013
Working with large documents stable layout layout problemsa
Handling of captions for graphics or image boxes stable layout layout problems
Styles (page styles, frame styles, list styles) supported not supported
Overlining of text supported no, but complicated workaround
Master documents for longer texts supported supported but deprecated because it causes file corruption
Business card wizard a supported not supported
Text auto completion of words already used before supported not supported
XForms documents creation supported not supported
Mathematical calculations in tables complex calculations only basic arithmetic
DirectCursor (allows to enter text anywhere on a page) supported not supported
DocBook import & export supported not supported
Import from Lotus WordPro supported not supported
Export to MediaWiki (Wikipedia) format supported not supported
Export to XHTML supported not supported
Extended label creation features a supported (generic database access, synchronise content) partial
Frames DTP-like features like text in multiple columns and text-wrap around graphics concept of “horizontal frames” is more limited
Grammar check out of the box only 4 languages (English, Russian, Hungarian and Brazilian Portuguese)
extensions: e.g. Languagetool for 29 languages plus 9 language variants (level of language support varies),Grammalecte for French, CoGroo for Brazilian Portuguese
out of the box (21 languages (plus 1 language variant) supported with additional costs)
Picture styles & additional effects not supported (fdo#59906) supported
Table styles not supported (bug 34392), in development as GSOC 2013 project (1). supported
Print comments in right margin not supported (fdo#36815), only on next page or at the end of text supported
View changes in the right margin in “track changes” mode not supported (fdo#34355) supported
Diagonal borders in tables not supported (fdo#51665) supported
Extended reading mode of documents not supported (fdo#55168) supported
Collapse and expand parts of a document not supported (fdo#47746) supported
Simultaneous editing of a document not supported, in development supported (via Skydrive or Sharepoint)
Border around characters not supported. Feature implemented in coming version 4.2GSOC 2013 project. supported
XML import / export no export supported
Minor Feature Differences LO Writer 4.1 MS Word 2013
Protected cells in tables (allows better creation of forms) supported not supported
Open erroneous .doc files better recovery modea,b more frequently denies opening those files
Wizard to create personalized letter templates supported not supported
Import Hangul WP97 and T602 documents supported not supported
Import & Export Unified Office Format supported not supported
Import & Export AportisDoc (Palm), PocketWord documents supported (requires Java installed) not supported
Import of legacy Mac OS word processing documents (MS Word for Mac (1-5.1), MS Works for Mac, ClarisWorks, AppleWorks, Write Now, MacWrite Pro) supported not supported
Logo toolbar and interpreter supported not supported
Conditional text supported not supported (1)
Number of columns per table in document unlimited columns limited to 63 columns
Maximum page size 300cm x 300cm 55.87cm x 55.87cm
Bibliographic features basic inbuilt support. Excellent extensions: e.g.ZoteroMendeleyBibusJabRefEndnote. supported plus extensions: e.g. Zotero,Mendeley,Endnote.
Rotate images rotation supported only for 90° increments. Rotation of vector graphics not supported (fdo#34423), alternative extensions WriterRotationTool or Easy Image Editor. supported
Advanced find & replace / Special characters partial (fdo#38261), extension: Alternative dialog Find & Replace for Writer supported
Complex Outline numbering / Multilevel list different numerically equivalent format not supported (fdo#35217) supported
Decorative page borders not supported (fdo#39270) supported
Add watermarks to pages not supported, workaround exists. Watermark option in PDF export. supported
Support for paragraphs longer than 65534 characters not supported (fdo#30668) supported
Horizontal split view of the same document not supported (fdo#31481), workaround: Windows > New Window to clone document window. supported
Outline view not supported (fdo#38262), workaround: Navigator > Content View to drag and promote/demote headings supported
Draft view not supported (fdo#39080) supported
Password protection of tracked changes not supported supported
Export to XPS format not supported supported

Spreadsheet applications: LibreOffice Calc vs. Microsoft Excel

Major Feature Differences LO Calc 4.1 MS Excel 2013
Comparison of two spreadsheet files supported not supported
Page styles (in addition to cell styles) supported not supported
Hyphenation in cells supported not supported
Import from spreadsheets: Lotus 123, Quattro Pro 6 supported not supported
Export to XHTML supported not supported
Exporting of a single chart as image (e.g. jpg, png, svg, pdf) supported not supported
OpenFormula standard largely supported partial
Number of columns per sheet max. 1024 columns (fdo#50916) up to 16384 columns
Chart styles not supported (bugs fdo#62925fdo#62540,fdo#39097) Selection of some pre-set chart styles and layouts
Interactive diagrams / PivotChart not supported supported
Import Access databases not supported supported
Export generic XML not supported supported
Minor Feature Differences LO Calc 4.1 MS Excel 2013
Flexible CSV export supported (12) not supported
View clone of spreadsheet in new window independent window cannot be moved outside the application window
Chart type Stepped lines for XY (Scatter) graphs suported not supported
Import Unified Office Format supported not supported
Import & Export from / to Pocket Excel supported not supported
Rotate charts supported not supported
Formatting of cells more detailed
e.g. feature to hide cell when printing
less features
Advanced find & replace / Cell Format partial (Styles supported, Cell Format not supported) supported
Import from Gnumeric partial (experimental) support not supported
Printing of selected chart only not supported, workarounds 12 (fdo#45893) supported
Quick analysis feature not supported supported
Flash fill not supported supported
Chart recommendations not supported supported
‘Publishing’ spreadsheet for online team meetings not supported supported
Sparklines (to give a quick overview of the trend in a data range) not supported, extension: EuroOffice Sparkline supported
Add points to a line, possibility to bend lines not supported (fdo#36943) supported
Copy only visible cells not supported, extension: Copy only visible cells supported
Polynomial trend lines not supported, extension: CorelPolyGUI. Support will be coming in LibreOffice 4.2 (fdo#40317). supported
Export to XPS format not supported supported

Presentation software: LibreOffice Impress vs. Microsoft Powerpoint

Major Feature Differences LO Impress 4.1 MS Powerpoint 2013
Hyphenation support supported not supported
Export to XHTML supported not supported
Export to HTML supported not supported (removed feature since MS Office 2013)
Export to Flash format (SWF) supported not supported
Export to EPS supported not supported
Export to SVG supported not supported
Presentation remote control for smartphones/tablets for Android smartphones/tablets. Version for iOS (iPhone/iPad) will be added in LibreOffice 4.2. for WindowsPhone 8 (smartphones only, no Office 2013 RT), but with additional features for Excel and Word
Edit embedded videos via external programs directly in the program
Comments and reply to comments partial supported
SmartArt diagrams not supported (fdo#37932), solution: smArt extension supported
Save highlights and drawings during presentation not supported (bug 51928) supported
Broadcast presentation on the Internet only via export to PDF or SWF supported
Collaboration features. Several people working on same presentation not supported supported
Animated diagrams not supported supported
Record a slide show not supported (fdo#34959) supported
Minor Feature Differences LO Impress 4.1 MS Powerpoint 2013
Number of slide layouts 12 9
Export to Unified Office Format supported not supported
Export to graphics formats: MET, PBM, PICT, PGM, PPM, RAS, XPM, PWP supported not supported
Embedding of fonts in presentation file supported supported on Windows. No support for embedding fonts in Powerpoint on MacOS X
Maximum page size 300cm x 300cm (Draw and Impress) 142.22cm x 142.22cm
Editing of master slides limited editing, in development as GSOC 2013 project (1). powerful editing
Creation of automatically starting presentations not supported, extension: ImpressRunner supported
Export presentation to video formats not supported (fdo#34959) supported (only to .wmv format)
Export to XPS format not supported supported
Slide zoom and pan not supported (fdo#38263) supported

Database programme: LibreOffice Base vs. Microsoft Access

Major Feature Differences LO Base 4.1 MS Access 2013
Available on MacOS X supported no version for MacOS X
SQL syntax highlighting supported not supported
Native connector to MySQL databases supported not supported
Native connector to PostgreSQL databases supported (PostgreSQL-SDBC) not supported
Integration of Mozilla Thunderbird address books supported not supported
Pivot tables not supported supported
Crosstab queries not supported supported
“Linked tables” capability not supported supported
Imported table from Calc/Excel – keep fields format not supported supported
Minor Feature Differences LO Base 4.1 MS Access 2013
Native connectors to dBase databases supported not supported (removed feature since Office 2013)
Edit MS Access files limited olders driver “Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0” works fine for read/write, while “Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0” driver only reads; (fdo#43187) supported
Native connectors to SharePoint lists, Microsoft Outlook and Paradox databases not supported supported

Extensions: LibreOffice extensions adding outstanding features to LibreOffice

LibreOffice has a complex eco-system of extensions (over 190 on and over 750 on Selection of some extensions adding valuable features to LibreOffice:

LibreOffice Extensions
General office suite: LibreOffice
  • OpenOffice.org2GoogleDocs exports, updates and imports documents to and from Google Docs, Zoho and WebDAV servers.
  • TeamDrive allows to shared spaces in the TeamDrive collaboration software.
  • Wollmux is a complex centralized system for templates, forms and letter heads developed by the city of Munich (in German language).
  • eLAIX allows users to write and read ILIAS learning modules offline and to export to ePUB3 e-book file format.
  • Oracle Connector for Alfresco CMS allows to connect LibreOffice with the Alfresco Document management server.
  • LibreOffice Server Installation GUI facilitates parallel and server installations of LibreOffice.
LibreOffice Writer
LibreOffice Calc
  • GeOOo allows to create thematic maps with LibreOffice.
  • CorelPolyGUI: Chart trend lines improved: polynomial trend line, force intercept of trend line and moving average trend line
  • PalOOCa OLAP Calc Extension: Connecting Calc to access Palo or XMLA capable OLAP servers.
  • File format filters:
    • Calc2LaTeX allows to convert Calc tables to LaTeX.
LibreOffice Impress
  • Export as Images allows to export all the Impress slides or Draw pages as images of JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP and TIFF format.
  • OpenCards is a free award-winning flashcard learning software.
LibreOffice Draw
  • Barcode enables LibreOffice to add barcodes to documents.
  • GeOOO allows the creations of thematic maps with LibreOffice.
  • Cadlo makes it possible to make technical drawings in LibreOffice Draw.
LibreOffice Base
  • Access2Base implements a OOo/LibO Basic library for Base applications.

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That a Phone in Your Pocket or Are You Scanning My Network?



That a Phone in Your Pocket or Are You Scanning My Network?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Malgorzata Skora 


Article by Ken Westin

Mobile Penetration Testing: Is That A Phone In Your Pocket Or Are You Scanning My Network?

When most people think of penetration testing, they think of a simulated external attack where the tester tries to break into a network from a remotely.

Companies focus most of the security spending and policies on keeping hackers from the outside in, from firewalls and other security hardening appliances, software and tools.

However, given the proliferation of mobile devices in the workplace and use of Wi-Fi networks inside of an office, attacking from inside the network provides unique opportunities.

Smartphones have become much more powerful over the past few years, with powerful processors and a plethora of hardware at your fingertips. Combine this power into a compact unit with the right apps you can scan a network from the inside in seconds along with several other new types of attacks and information gathering.

Your browser may not support display of this image. Mobile devices have accelerated productivity as they move to replace many of the other devices we used to carry in a small package. Most phones have Wi-Fi capability, cameras, mass storage capability and a persistent internet connection via 3G and 4G and allow a wide number of applications and if rooted provide many of the same tools as a computer, but with more hardware and network capabilities. Continue reading

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