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Linux Tips and Tricks

This post is to summarize some interesting but special usage which is out of normal linux commands. For basic Linux commands, you can find it from my previous post



Check Your Public IP Address from CLI

Following commands can show you what the public ip address is for your linux machine if it can connect to Internet.
  • curl -s checkip.dyndns.org|sed -e 's/.*Current IP Address: //' -e 's/<.*$//'
  • curl icanhazip.com
  • telnet www.checkmyip.com 80 | grep confidence | grep -Eo '([0-9]{1,3}\.){3}[0-9]{1,3}'
  • wget -O - -q icanhazip.com
  • wget http://ipinfo.io/ip -qO -
  • curl ifconfig.me

Keep Terminal Running in background (Screen)

  • Install screen (Depends on the Linux Distribution if it came pre installed or not) : yum install screen
  • Initiate a Screen : screen or  screen -S <screen name> <command to execute>
  • Detach from the screen : "CTRL+A,D" not "CTRL+A+D"
  • List all the screen currently working : screen -ls
  • Reattach to a screen : screen  -r  <session number> or screen -r <screen name>
  • Kill specific screen: screen -X -S <screen name> quit
  • Kill all screens : pkill screen


Build SSH Trust Relationship Between Linux Machines

Become root:
sudo su - 

Change to user nsm:
su nsm 

Go to the /home/nsm directory:
cd /home/nsm 

Create the keys: (Path should be /home/nsm/.ssh/id_rsa. Leave the passphrase blank.)
    ssh-keygen -t rsa


    Secure copy the public key to the other server as the admin user: (use admin password)
      scp /home/nsm/.ssh/id_rsa.pub [email protected]<ipAddressOfOtherServer>:/home/admin/authorized_keys
      • or Go to the remote server. The command below will add the key that is in temp1 file to the end of the authorized_keys file.
      cat temp1 >> authorized_keys
      • Repeat steps 2-6 on  deviceB.   On deviceB, become root: (from user nsm, exit to root). Move the authorized_keys file that was copied to admin into nsm/.ssh:
      mv /home/admin/authorized_keys /home/nsm/.ssh/authorized_keys
      • Change ownership of authorized_keys: 
      chown nsm:nsm /home/nsm/.ssh/authorized_keys
      • At this point, you will be able to SSH between both servers without it asking for a password.
      ssh [email protected]


      Find Big Files in Linux File System

      • find . -type f -size +10000 -exec ls -lh {} \; 
      • find . -type f -size +50000k -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{ print $9 ": " $5 }'
      • Find large files (>10M) in current folder
      • find . -type f -size +10000k 

      a. Juniper Firewall  

      Sample output:

      [email protected]find . -type f -size +10000 -exec ls -lh {} \; 
      -rw-r--r--  1 930  929   134M Jan  5 17:34 ./cf/packages/junos-11.4R6.6-domestic
      -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel   139M Sep  8  2011 ./cf/var/log/junos-srxsme-11.2R2.4-domestic.tgz
      -rw-r-----  1 root  wheel   4.9M Feb 11 17:12 ./cf/var/db/idpd/db/secdb_02.db
      -rw-r-----  1 root  wheel   6.7M Feb 11 17:13 ./cf/var/db/idpd/db/secdb_03.db
      -rw-r-----  1 root  wheel    64M Feb 11 17:13 ./cf/var/db/idpd/db/secdb_06.db
      -rwxr-xr-x  1 admin  20    24M May 23 08:38 ./cf/var/db/idpd/nsm-download/SignatureUpdate.xml
      .....

      b. Checkpoint Firewall gateway:

      [[email protected]]# find . -type f -size +50000k -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{ print $9 ": " $5 }'
      ./sysimg/CPwrapper/linux/CPEndpointSecurity/EndpointSecurityServer.bin: 145M
      ./sysimg/CPwrapper/linux/windows/SmartConsole.exe: 194M
      ./sysimg/CPwrapper/linux/CPrt/CPrt-R75.40-00.i386.rpm: 53M
      ./sysimg/CPwrapper/linux/CPportal/CPportal-R75.40-00.i386.rpm: 59M
      ./var/log/db: 336M
      ....



      Clean all Linux History 

      Following commands can clean most of your history trails in your linux system.  Please let me know if you found there is anything missing.  I will add the command in.

      echo > /var/log/wtmp
      echo > /var/log/btmp
      echo >/var/log/lastlog
      echo > /var/log/secure
      echo > /var/log/messages
      echo >/var/log/syslog
      echo >/var/log/xferlog
      echo >/var/log/auth.log
      echo >/var/log/user.log
      cat /dev/null > /var/adm/sylog
      cat /dev/null > /var/log/maillog
      cat /dev/null > /var/log/openwebmail.log
      cat /dev/null > /var/log/mail.info
      echo >/var/run/utmp
      echo > ~/.bash_history
      history -c
      echo > .bash_history
      history -cw
      




      Use ssh key to encrypt / decrypt files


      Create a file:
      echo ‘This is a sekret’ >/tmp/msg.txt

      Export public key:
      openssl rsa -in ~/private.pem -out /tmp/public.pub -outform PEM -pubout

      Encrypt file with public key (anyone can have this key):
      openssl rsautl -encrypt -inkey /tmp/public.pub -pubin -in /tmp/msg.txt -out /tmp/file.enc

      Decrypt the file with private key (only you should have the private key):
      openssl rsautl -decrypt -inkey ~/private.pem -in /tmp/file.enc -out /tmp/decrypted.txt

      Check decoded message:
      cat /tmp/decrypted.txt



      AWS Amazon Linux Instance Commands



      sudo yum update -y
      sudo yum install -y httpd24 php70 mysql56-server php70-mysqlnd
      sudo service httpd star


      sudo chkconfig httpd on
      chkconfig --list httpd
      curl http://localhost

      sudo usermod -a -G apache ec2-user
      groups
      sudo chown -R ec2-user:apache /var/www
      sudo chmod 2775 /var/www
      find /var/www -type d -exec sudo chmod 2775 {} \;
      find /var/www -type f -exec sudo chmod 0664 {} \;
      echo "<?php phpinfo(); ?>" > /var/www/html/phpinfo.php
      sudo yum list installed httpd24 php70 mysql56-server php70-mysqlnd
      sudo service mysqld start
      sudo chkconfig mysqld on
      sudo service httpd restart







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