Letsencrypt Wildcard Certificates, with acme.sh client

Took me a bit of time to figure this out, so I thought I’d make it public. Letsencrypt announced their new wildcard certs, and because I have to add the SSL cert to a load balancer covering many subdomains, I needed to make use of it.

First thing to note is that not all clients support the new v2 API which is required for wildcard certs. I looked at the list of v2 supporting clients on the Letsencrypt site, and chose the acme.sh bash script. Not sure if I’m going to stick with it at this point but it got me going.

First thing you need to do is to run it with the –issue flag. You’ll need to run it with DNS authentication, as that’s the supported method for wildcard certs. You’ll also need to run it with both the root domain AND the wildcard.

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Realtek SD card reader problems on Ubuntu Mint 16.04 on a Dell Inspiron 3421

Pretty specific huh? Well the thing is I have the exact same card reader, OS,  version on one Lenovo laptop. The SD card works on the Lenovo, but not on the Dell Inspiron 3421.

The error it made on the Dell was the following in /var/log/syslog

Feb 14 08:30:46 raspberry kernel: [ 216.319736] mmc0: error -22 whilst initialising SD card
Feb 14 08:30:48 raspberry kernel: [ 219.151052] mmc0: tuning execution failed: -22

Lots of googling down dead ends ensued. Here’s a little more info about the device in question.

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Switch from UFW and fail2ban to CSF

Having played with CSF for a while on one server, I’ve decided I like it more than UFW and fail2ban. It seems much better at blocking mail bruteforce attacks and SSH as a distributed attack. So anyway, here’s a list of steps to achieve that, as much for my record as anything. The server is running Ubuntu 16.04, but these general steps should work anywhere. In addition the server I did it on is also running VestaCP, so there are a couple more steps for that.

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Alternative DNS servers in the Philippines

Sometimes the default DNS servers for ISPs in the Philippines don’t work. Sometimes they get overloaded, sometimes they block certain sites and not others due to internal agendas (PLDT blocking Globe sites for eg.). So here’s a list of the alternatives.

Outside the Philippines

Google DNS
2001:4860:4860::8888 (IPv6)
2001:4860:4860::8844 (IPv6)

OpenDNS (includes protection against malware)

Norton DNS

Inside the Philippines

Globe Telecom (ns1.globeidc.com.ph) (ns1.globeidc.com.ph) (g-net.globe.com.ph) (g-net1.globe.com.ph)


Smart Bro

Sky Cable

Viber SQlite Database Extraction / Forensics

Well you can use this to pull messages out of a Viber Desktop database. I personally had to do it when I re-installed Viber and it deleted my entire message history, which wasn’t so friendly, so I pulled this out of the database so I could refer to it in a spreadsheet. Maybe there is a way of pumping it back into the new database …

I may end up putting more queries here when I discover them but below you’ll find the basic one to dump out a summary of messaging. It converts the Unix timestamp dates into readable ones, and tells you which way the messsage went too. If you have any other such queries, let me know, and I’ll include them: there didn’t seem to be much on this around the internet.

How you run the query is up to you. I previously used an SQlite extension for Firefox, but recently found the DBeaver cross platform Database app, and its working a treat across sqlite, mysql, postgresql, so that’s my favourite right now. Just run the query and export to CSV, using a strange delimiter such as ‘|’ so the message isn’t split into many fields at each comma.
You could also run the query from the commandline: copy the command to a file, say viber.sql, and then use the following, suitable for a backup script perhaps.

sqlite3 -header -csv -separator '|' viber.db < viber.sql > output.csv

On a standard install on Linux you’ll find the viber.db under ~/.ViberPC//viber.db
Obviously make a copy first if you’re nervous. Here is the query:

SELECT strftime('%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S',Events."TimeStamp",'unixepoch') AS Time, 
Contact.Name AS Name,
Contact.ClientName AS AltName,
Contact.Number As Cellphone,
CASE Direction WHEN 0 THEN 'rcvd' ELSE 'sent' END AS Direction,
Messages.Body AS Message
FROM Events 
INNER JOIN Contact ON Events.ContactID = Contact.ContactID
INNER JOIN Messages ON Events.EventID = Messages.EventID

If you have the same query for other versions of Viber and they’re different, let me know.