Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Barracuda + Linux != Fail (anymore)

Anyone using Linux on a network with a Barracuda web filter may have
encountered this problem.  Barracuda has an AD client that associates
your AD login with an IP address.  This works reasonably well with
Windows, but what if you are using Linux or Mac?   You are stuck
re-logging in every 5,10, 15 minutes, whatever the timeout is set to.

I searched for a solution online, but never found one.

I got sick of that yesterday finally and figured out how to script a
login for barracuda.

The following is the script, in Perl.  It's now in its second
iteration, with more comments and some cutout checks.  I run it from
cron every couple of minutes and it seems to work fine.

Obviously you'll want to replace the xxxx variables with the appropriate 
values. $cuda is (in my case) the IP of the barracuda.  It could be anything 
Net::Ping and accept for the barracuda's hostname.
# Copyleft Jonas Bull 2014
# GPLv2 license.  Google it.
use WWW::Mechanize;
use Net::Ping;
my $cuda='xxx.xx.xx.xx';
my $username='xxxxx';
my $password ='xxxxxxxxxxxxxx';
my $baseurl="http://$cuda/web/login";

my $p=Net::Ping->new();
die unless $p->ping($cuda);
# no need to continue unless cuda is present
my $mech = WWW::Mechanize->new();
$mech->get( $baseurl );
my @lines=$mech->response()->decoded_content;
my $redirect='';
foreach my $line (@lines){
if ($line=~/location\.replace/){
# since I don't have javascript or a url I have to pick the redir

$mech->get( $redirect);
foreach my $line (@lines){
if ($line=~/$username/){
print "Already logged in\n";
exit; # but I can drop out if the redir has my login name
# otherwise set form fields
$mech->set_fields(login => $username,password => $password );
# Now see if login succeeded
foreach my $line (@lines){
if ($line=~/$username/){
print "Success\n";
exit; # and exit when you know you're good. 
Comments, critiques and ports gladly accepted.  Fork it on github.

Monday, May 5, 2014

South Central’s renegade gardener

I like this man's attitude and idea.  I'm linking the TED talk.  I think the audience was a little unsure how to take him.

Where I grew up, gardening is a part of life.  I've always felt that having a garden, however small, was something you would just do, eventually.  I grew up eating food that was grown by my family, my friends and neighbors.   Not 100% but a significant fraction, especially when I was very young.

And now, I finally took the time to do a little garden and put enough effort into it to make it work.  Now, after years of being dependent on supermarkets, I get it.  I have food I grew.  Food I canned and "put back".   To this tiny degree I am less dependent on "the system".

I have shared food I grew with friends and neighbors.  If you think growing food for yourself is an amazing feeling, try growing it and sharing it!

That's what empowerment feels like.

Quotes I liked:

“Growing your own food is like printing your own money” 

" ‘Aren’t you afraid people are going to steal your food?’ Hell, no! That’s why it’s on the street! That’s the whole idea! I want them to take it and take back their health.”

“I’m not talking about no free sh-t. Free is not sustainable. The funny thing about sustainability: you have to sustain it.”

“What I’m talking about is putting people to work, getting kids off the street, about the pride and the honor of growing your own food."