Posts Tagged ‘Public’

How to configure Tor Public server on Debian Linux and FreeBSD

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Tor onion running public server on FreeBSD and Debian Ubuntu Gnu / Linux

I like configuring publicly accessible tor on hosts which I own, the reason is because I like very much and want to support the good initiative of Tor Onion Project.

Anonymity on the Internet is becoming harder day after day thus I believe any freedom respecting person should do his best to support any project that aims to help us be anonymous on the net.

Installing even one Tor server at home makes difference and makes Tor Network better. So if you have a spare internet connection somewhere, I kindly ask you start a tor server! Help Tor Project grow – Help protect our anonimity 🙂

After the loud “speech”, here is in short how easy it is to configure Tor Server on Linux and BSD.
Keep in mind installing it as pointed below makes Tor server automatically becomes part of Tor Nodes Network; next time you use tor it is likely you use tor via your own node 🙂

1. Install tor debian package

apt-get --yes install tor

2. Set proper torrc configuration in /etc/tor/torrc

Edit /etc/tor/torrc and place something like:

SocksPort 0 # what port to open for local application connections
SocksListenAddress # accept connections only from localhost
## Required: A unique handle for this server
Nickname pcfreak
ORPort 9001
ExitPolicy reject *:6660-6667,reject *:*
ExitPolicy reject *:* # middle node only -- no exits allowed
# See
# We have 400GB of traffic per month
# We want that to be about 150GB per week
BandwidthRate 50 KB
BandwidthBurst 1MB
AccountingStart week 1 00:00
AccountingMax 150 GB
DataDirectory /var/lib/tor
RunAsDaemon 1
ContactInfo hip0

3. Allow port in iptables firewall 9001

/sbin/iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 9001 -j ACCEPT
/sbin/iptables -A INPUT -p udp -m udp --dport 9001 -j ACCEPT

You might want to permanetly store new iptables settings i.e.:

# iptables-save > /root/

4. Restart tor server

# /etc/init.d/tor restart

Run telnet or / nmap to test if your host is reachable via port 9001.

# telnet 9001
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.
Connection closed by foreign host.

Installing Tor Public server on FreeBSD.
Installing tor onion server on FreeBSD is equivalent:

freebsd# cd /usr/ports/security/tor
freebsd# make install && make install clean

Then use you can use exactly same torrc config like in above example it works identically on Linux and BSD.
Here you get same working torrc

On FreeBSD tor is stopped started via /usr/local/etc/rc.d/tor start/stop init script:

Restart it and you’re done on BSD too:

freebsd# /usr/local/etc/rc.d/tor restart

Another thing is to allow port 9001, config with packet filter (pf) /etc/pf.conf should be something like:

pass out log quick on $EXT_NIC proto TCP from any to $EXT_IP port 9001 flags $SYN_ONLY keep state

Once pf options are in restart pf.conf;

freebsd# pfctl -d
No ALTQ support in kernel
ALTQ related functions disabled
freebsd# pfctl -e -f /etc/pf.conf
No ALTQ support in kernel
ALTQ related functions disabled

Enjoy sharing your internet bandwidth with rest of Tor Project network 🙂

How to enable UserDir /home/*/public_html on Debian GNU / Linux 6.0.5 (Squeeze)

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Enabling mod userdir on Apache server in Debian GNU Linux Squeeze

By default UserDir module is not enabled on Debian. The original documentation related to UserDir is found on Apache’s main website here
On Debain by default the module userdir is installed in directory /usr/lib/apache2/modules/, e.g.:

debian:~# ls -al /usr/lib/apache2/modules/*userdir*
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 9696 Apr 1 09:40 /usr/lib/apache2/modules/

It is installed as external module (not compiled in Apache) – btw something interesting for many might be to see which modules are copmiled as static modules default in Apache by issuing:

debian:~# /usr/sbin/apache2 -l
Compiled in modules:

In Debian Apache is configured to use Debian’s standard directory locations and use Debian’s config, structure and how to generally manage it, hence in order to add (load) mod_userdir to Apache it is necessery to exec a2enmod perl script:

debian:~# a2enmod userdir
Enabling module userdir.
Run '/etc/init.d/apache2 restart' to activate new configuration!

Another way, which I personally prefer is to create directly symlinks loading the module:

debian:~# ln -sf /etc/apache2/mods-available/userdir.load /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/userdir.load
debian:~# ln -sf /etc/apache2/mods-available/userdir.conf /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/userdir.conf

Next restart Apache server to load the it as suggested by a2enmod:

debian:~# /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
Restarting web server: apache2 ... waiting .

If you want to Allow /home/*users* to be able to use .htaccess, php or simply install CMS systems or alike it is good idea to also change default AllowOverride settings for public_html for that edit /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/userdir.conf and change:

AllowOverride FileInfo AuthConfig Limit Indexes


# AllowOverride FileInfo AuthConfig Limit Indexes
AllowOverride all

If you do so don’t forget to once again restart apache with /etc/init.d/apache2 restart.

One more thing is to enable PHP for /home/*/public_html, to do so edit /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/php5.conf and comment out:

php_admin_value engine Off

# php_admin_value engine Off



Thanks to Activating userdir on Debian server blog for pointing out how to enable php for userdirs 🙂

Another alternative way to enable userdirs is to directly create symlinks for each user public_html directory but I guess this is not a best practice, anyways if you prefer to use this instead of using mod_userdir do it with:

ln -sf '/var/www/~username' /home/username/public_html
ln -sf '/var/www/~username1' /home/username1/public_html

If you prefer to do symbolic links to public_html for all user homes, you can do it directly in a quick for bash loop by issuing:

for i in /home/*; do
f=$(echo $i | sed -e "s#/home/##g");
ln -sf "/var/www/~$f" /home/"$f"/public_html;

Alex the Alligator – a nice retro style Nintendo / GameBoy like Free Software game for GNU / Linux

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Alex the Alligator Free Software 4 colors game Intro GNU Linux screen

Alex the Alligator is a Free Software (Open Sourced) arcade game licensed under the General Public License (GPL)
The game is quite of fun and especially the music totally kicks ass! 😉

The game plot is simple but fun in the good Spirit of oldschool Super Mario like arcade games.
Alex the Alligator evil human kidnapper poachers helicopter, GNU / Linux

In the game you are a little cute crocodile whose (crocodile) girlfriend is kidnapped with a helicopter by the evil human poachers.
As you love her too much and you're determined to grow a crocodile family with this croco-girl you start a long quest to save her from possible zoo slavery or killing for a crocodile skin boots.
Kidnapping Lola dropping a cage Linux screenshot

The quest for kidnapped girlfriend (LOLA) liberation wents through the harsh jungles.
Alex The ALligator level 1 on Linux screenshot

Alex The Alligator has a version for both Windows and Linux ports. The Linux port is available for most major distributions including Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora etc.

To install the game on Debian and Ubuntu with apt-get issue:

debian:~# apt-get --yes install alex4

After installing the game can be run from command line using cmd:


The game controls are as follows;

  • Arrow Keys – Movement
  • Alt – Jump
  • Ctrl – Fire (if you have previously collected Eggs

Alex the Alligator is also equipped with a MAP editor, so if you really want to contribute the game development, take some time create some maps and submit to game's official website . On the game website there are few other variations of the Alex the Alligator as well as extra game maps.
Explanation on which keys can be used to create maps is found in the game manual, e.g.:

debian:~$ man alex4

If you have downloaded some extra game maps from the game sourceforge website, to load them you can use:


Will Alex succeed in saving his girlfriend ? It's up to you 😉

How to fix wordpress blog sudden redirection to present post problem

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

My blog’s index has suddenly started redirecting to my last post. That was rather strange, since I haven’t done anything special, all I did before the problem occured was a change in wordpress wp-admin to my latest post.

There in I changed the post Visibility from Public to Private

Right after this my blog’s home started redirecting to the blog post where the changes was made.

This was really strange, so I reverted back the changes in Post’s Publish Visibility to the default setting.
Though the change the redirect to the latest post by accessing my was still there.

I tried completely wiping out the post by sending it to Trash and issuing the same post again, but now things became even worser.

Accessing my blog was opening 404 not found error message . Everything seemed fine in wordpress admin and therefore I suspected the redirect is being applied from info read in my wordpress database in MySQL.

A bit of investigation prooved my guess was correct, for some reason a record was made to the MySQL blog database in table wp_redirection_items.

The incorrect redirection wihtin the database looked like so:

| 4 | /blog/ | 0 | 2 | 0 | 0000-00-00 00:00:00 | 2 | enabled | url | 301 | /blog/how-to-change-from-default-main-menu-to-other-text-in-joomla/ | url | NULL |

Removing the incorrect redirect was kind of easy and came to simply issuing:

mysql> delete from wp_redirection_items where id='3';
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

This fixed the redirection issue and opening my blog main page started correctly opening the main page again! 🙂