The file /etc/rpc contains a list of network services. Typically, when a remote machine wants to connect to one of those services on your machine, it first issues a query to the rpcbind program running on your computer. It knows the name of the services it wants to connect with, but doesn’t know what port number to use. Your rpcbind will respond with a port number. The remote host will then attempt a connection to the specified port.

rpcbind is a service-name-to-port-number translator. In other Unix versions it’s usually called portmapper.

If there’s an /etc/rpc service you run that you want other hosts to be able to find on your machine, then those hosts must be able to speak to your rpcbind. The most commonly used services requiring remote access to rpcbind are NFS and NIS/NIS+.

So it might not be feasible to refuse all remote access to your rpcbind (though some people do just that). But it may be feasible to restrict access to, say, your department. It is certainly feasible in most cases to restrict access to the 128.192 subnet (effectively “the UGA campus”).

Note that blocking rpcbind doesn’t block access to the/etc/rpc services altogether. It does block access for those programs which do an rpcinfo query in order to reach those services. (This is conceptually analogous to the relationship between IP addresses and DNS.) It is standard to issue such a query; any /etc/rpc-service-using binary shipping with an OS should fall into this category. Happily, the “standard” statd, nlockmgr, cmsd, etc. vulnerability exploits also fall into this category.

No War has been won since WW II

I heard something the other day ( I think it was while watching Bill O’Reilly, regretfully, I really dislike that guy).

Anyway, some expert guest said, “No war initiated by the U.S. has ever been won since World War II.”

I thought about the different “campaigns” and “engagements” and the statement is actually true:

U.S. involvment in Korea, no success, 40+ year stalemate
U.S. involvement in Vietnam, no success, lots of death
U.S. involvment with Cuba, well, that never really took off (Bay of Pigs)
U.S. involvement in Kuwait, well I guess we didn’t start that
U.S. involvment in Cambodia, well I guess we let that get out of control without really doing anything

U.S. involvment in Iraq…

The intentions with Iraq were all correct, the confidence, the planning, everything. But did someone with all the experience and knowledge we have sit back and look at the methodology of liberating Iraq? Could the American people really comprehend what it would require? Could the president really understand the potential longevity to success? The answer is no.

If you cannot answer a question adequately it’s best just to leave it alone until you can.

It’s aggrevating to think that I wasted so much of my life in the desert for something that will ultimately be “withdrawn” because it will boost a politicians rating.

And it’s ridiculous to kid ourselves. With Bush’s ratings now the new President, Republican, Democrat or Moderate will see the Iraqi issue as something to put behind us. BUT WAIT, this may actually help Iraq in the long run.

The quote “terrorists” are mostly Syrians and Saudis. Many of these shitheads will leave when the U.S. does. It is also probable that the majority of the Iraqi people will just give up to whomever roles in next (they’re used to it).


Google Pro Bush Slant

Why is my personal Google page referencing an articel from WKYT 27, Eastern Kentucky?

If anyone reads this blog please read the article (link below) and explain to me why this is “top news”. There’s only a 100,000+ troops who have opinions, why is this one so important?



jv16 Power Tools

Just a great registry cleaner. Well documented and it works!!! I highly recommend purchasing JV Power Tools. My system(s) run faster and cleaner after a quick clean with JV Power Tools. Adware, Spyware and malicious cookies are all gone.


pkg stuff

Below are some common tasks that can be performed with Solaris packages. Root by default does not have the correct path so it may require prompt>/usr/sbin/pkgadd -d packagename instead of just prompt>pkgadd -d packagename

Annoying if you don’t know the basics.


pkgadd pkgadd (1m) – transfer software packages to the system
pkgask pkgask (1m) – stores answers to a request script
pkgchk pkgchk (1m) – check package installation accuracy
pkginfo pkginfo (1) – display software package information
pkginfo pkginfo (4) – package characteristics file
pkgmap pkgmap (4) – package contents description file
pkgmk pkgmk (1) – produce an installable package
pkgparam pkgparam (1) – display package parameter values
pkgproto pkgproto (1) – generate prototype file entries for input to pkgmk command
pkgrm pkgrm (1m) – remove a package from the system
pkgtrans pkgtrans (1) – translate package format

Dog Training – A Truly Honest and Effective Approach

I just met with Don Sullivan of http://www.dogtrain.com. Wow, what an absolutely refreshing and honest way to look at how dog obedience can be easily achieved.

To be perfectly honest I was skeptical at first but everything Don said was right on. I think the crux of his message is that dog’s are not humans and shouldn’t be treated as such. When we do this the dog does not respect you and does their own thing.