Admins eHow SysAdmin Tips & Tricks

May 21, 2015

Block Torrent Trackers on Linux

Filed under: linux,Security,Torrent — Tags: , , , — admin @ 2:38 am

Create “/etc/trackers” with a list of trackers which you want to be blocked.
My current file contains:

9.rarbg.com
announce.torrentsmd.com
bigfoot1942.sektori.org
bt.careland.com.cn
bttrack.9you.com
bttracker.crunchbanglinux.org
coppersurfer.tk
explodie.org
i.bandito.org
mgtracker.org
open.demonii.com
opensharing.org
torrent.fedoraproject.org
torrent.gresille.org
tracker.best-torrents.net
tracker.blucds.com
tracker.btzoo.eu
tracker.coppersurfer.tk
tracker.dler.org
tracker.istole.it
tracker.leechers-paradise.org
tracker.nwps.ws
tracker.openbittorrent.com
tracker.publicbt.com
tracker.tfile.me
tracker1.wasabii.com.tw

You can have duplicates in the list, script will take care of that.

Now create “/usr/bin/blocktrackers” script:

#!/bin/bash

IFS=$'\n'
L=$(/usr/bin/sort /etc/trackers | /usr/bin/uniq)
for fn in $L; do
        /sbin/iptables -D INPUT -d $fn -j DROP -m comment --comment "Tracker"
        /sbin/iptables -D FORWARD -d $fn -j DROP -m comment --comment "Tracker"
        /sbin/iptables -D OUTPUT -d $fn -j DROP -m comment --comment "Tracker"
        /sbin/iptables -A INPUT -d $fn -j DROP -m comment --comment "Tracker"
        /sbin/iptables -A FORWARD -d $fn -j DROP -m comment --comment "Tracker"
        /sbin/iptables -A OUTPUT -d $fn -j DROP -m comment --comment "Tracker"
done

Make it executable and create a cronjob to run it daily because trackers change IP address very often.

March 22, 2015

Linux dig utility for Windows x64

Filed under: dns,General,linux,Windows — Tags: , , , — admin @ 5:00 pm

I have created an installer for Linux DNS dig utility for Windows x64. it is extracted from BIND 9.10.2.x64.
It installs dig into system32 folder of Windows so it is already included in PATH and can be invoked from anywhere in command prompt.

Download : DIG_9.10.2.x64

September 6, 2014

Send weekly reports of IPs logged into vsftpd

Filed under: linux — Tags: , , , — admin @ 10:25 am
root@X:[/etc/logrotate.d]: cat /etc/logrotate.d/vsftpd

/var/log/vsftpd.log
{
        create 640 root adm

        # ftpd doesn't handle SIGHUP properly
        missingok
        notifempty
        rotate 4
        weekly
        prerotate
                echo "<html><body><table>$(grep "OK LOGIN" /var/log/vsftpd.log | awk '{print $8" "$12'} | sort | uniq -c | awk '{print "<tr><td>"$2"</td><td>"$3"</td><td>"$1"</td></tr>"}')</table></body></html>" | mail -a "Content-type: text/html" -s 'FTP REPORT' mail@domain.com
        endscript
}

September 1, 2014

Filter out comments and empty lines from config files

Filed under: Bash,linux — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 12:38 pm
egrep -v "^[[:blank:]]*(#|$)" filename

Send email alerts if Adaptec raid fails in Linux

Filed under: linux — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 10:56 am

For Adaptec Raid you need arcconf tool to check the raid status, you can install it based on the instructions provided on this link (For Debian) :
http://hwraid.le-vert.net/wiki/DebianPackages
After you have arcconf installed, create /usr/bin/raidcheck with following content and make it executable :

#!/bin/bash
RESULT=$(arcconf GETCONFIG 1 | grep Status | grep -v "Not Installed" | grep -v Optimal)
if [ -n "$RESULT" ]; then
    wget http://domain.com/notify.php?m=RAID_ERROR -O /dev/null
    else echo "Raid is OK"
fi

Note : In my script I have chosen to use a php script on another server to send the alert, this way I wont need to install a mail server on every server which I am monitoring. you can do the same or change the wget line to whatever you want.
Put the script in the cron to check the raid status every 12 hours :

0 */12 * * * /usr/bin/raidcheck

Disable ipv6 on Linux

Filed under: linux — Tags: , , — admin @ 10:17 am

To disable ipv6 on Linux, add following line to /etc/sysctl.conf

net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1

Now apply the change :

sysctl -p

August 30, 2014

Backup cPanel accounts to DropBox

Filed under: cPanel,linux — Tags: , , , — admin @ 7:30 pm

Notice : You need root access to cPanel server to be able to use this method.
DropBox is my favorite cloud space provider. Their recent price adjustment (1TB for $10/mo) has made using it a no brainer IMO. It is specially very good for backup purposes because it keeps different versions of your files without using any extra space. The retention period for free accounts is 30 days and for pro accounts is 1 year.
So lets say you take a backup of your website and upload it to DropBox everyday and size of your backup is 100MB. if you keep doing it for 1 year, in fact DropBox is keeping 365 x 100MB of your files which you can retrieve any of them while only 100MB of your space is used! it is crazy good, I know.
In order to be able to backup cPanel accounts directly to DropBox, first we need a method to upload files to DropBox from Linux command line. Fortunately there is a very good solution out there to do it : https://github.com/andreafabrizi/Dropbox-Uploader
Please refer to script documentation on how to install it on your server and link it to your DropBox account. it is fairly easy.
After you linked the script to your DropBox Account, move it to /usr/bin folder.
If you want to test it, run the following command and it should show your DropBox account info :

root@X:[~]: dropbox_uploader.sh info
Dropbox Uploader v0.14

 > Getting info...

Name:   X X
UID:    012345
Email:  email@domain.com
Quota:  1021760 Mb
Used:   2611 Mb
Free:   1019148 Mb

Now create /usr/bin/backup2db with following content and make it executable :

#!/bin/bash
for fn in $1; do
/scripts/pkgacct $fn
/usr/bin/dropbox_uploader.sh upload /home/cpmove-$fn.tar.gz /cpanel-backup/cpmove-$fn.tar.gz
rm /home/cpmove-$fn.tar.gz
done

Thats it ! We are good to go.
Command to backup cPanel account acct1 :

backup2db 'acct1'

It even support multiple account backup :

backup2db 'acct1 acct2 acct3'

If you need daily backups, you can put it in cron :

0 0 * * * /usr/bin/backup2db 'acct1 acct2 acct3' > /dev/null 2>&1

August 22, 2014

Kill a process with high CPU usage in Linux

Filed under: linux — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 5:19 pm

Sometimes you may need to kill hanged processes with high CPU usage automatically. the following script can help you to do it :

#!/bin/bash
PROCESSNAME=''
HL=10

IFS=$'\n'
L=$(ps aux | grep $PROCESSNAME)
for fn in $L; do
        PID=$(echo $fn | awk '{print $2'})
        LOAD=$(echo $fn | awk '{print $3'})
        if [ $(echo "$LOAD > $HL" | bc -l ) -eq 1 ]
        then
                kill -9 $PID
                echo "Killed $PID"
        fi
done

Set PROCESSNAME to the process name which you want to be checked and HL to high load threshold.
Please note the load is based what ‘ps’ command reports and not what you see inside ‘top’.

August 20, 2014

Force public key authentication on SSH daemon (disable password authentication)

Filed under: Debian,linux,Security — Tags: , , , , , , — admin @ 2:18 pm

It is a very good security practice to completely disable password authentication on your Linux server and use public key authentication method.
In order to do that you need to create your own public/private key pair and put the public key in ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

mkdir -p ~/.ssh
echo 'ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAADAQABAAABAQDHV80zPWjPAwKo8Be0k1ypBRMdYDC0H2eQchu3MFsEp8av2F/18GNuHsbyMWp0p1uovP5LGZ/oPZ1ISJxLxxOBiqv0fOyb8uTDYWUUITgGvq9Fppj3BNYTjnLCUAVMKdP3VJ7IPk69ygYR1nhAXiv3dSfeG74f2eo3ZYhrylsVS2G84DUh47FuEFOsfn5s2wXVjwAgqdKBhiVQZWrptf6TEK3fZTVg4rCiRJ+YiIwTZr/CfFHbdqOiwDlGR5fWo0PHHq31lrQXzkASfi3C+ahQFnHsy4+8LdCq+TjzC3J6PbuXP1wpLdm1iP35f61hU1wX2hwhyxdvE+SBXT/PpSVB' >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

DISCLAIMER : The above key is my public key, if you put it on your server, I will be able to login into your server 😀
Now add/change the following config to /etc/ssh/sshd_config

ChallengeResponseAuthentication no
PasswordAuthentication no
UsePAM no
PubkeyAuthentication yes

and restart ssh service :

service ssh restart

Note : Before closing your current SSH session, I highly recommend you to test that actually you can login into your server by new method. otherwise you may be locked out of your server.

August 9, 2014

Exim Remove All messages From the Mail Queue

Filed under: linux — Tags: , , — admin @ 9:49 pm
exim -bp | exiqgrep -i | xargs exim -Mrm
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