rabbitmq basics

A quick guide to some basics of running a RabbitMQ server:

Start the service:
service rabbitmq-server start

Remove the default ‘guest’ user:
rabbitmqctl delete_user guest

Set up a new user for administrative purposes:
rabbitmqctl add_user <admin_user> <password>
rabbitmqctl set_user_tags <admin_user> administrator

Set up a new user for the specific instance (vhost) you’ll be using:
rabbitmqctl add_vhost <vhostname>
rabbitmqctl add_user <username> <password>
rabbitmqctl set_permissions -p <vhostname> <username> "^<username>." "." ".*"

Check that everything looks OK:
rabbitmqctl list_vhosts
rabbitmqctl list_users
rabbitmqctl list_permissions -p dev
rabbitmqctl status


notes on using Kali Linux – KDE version

For some reason, the folks at Offensive Security removed the KDE build of Kali from their download list (the Enlightenment, XFCE, and LXDE versions are still there, but KDE is absent). Since KDE is my preferred window manager, this made me sad, until I found out you can grab them in the weekly and daily builds.

Once I had Kali/KDE up and running, the first thing I noticed was there was no GUI way to manage network interfaces. Having a background in Linux sysadmin, that wasn’t a huge obstacle – ifconfig, iwconfig, wpasupplicant, all were there and working. However, anyone that’s ever had to configure a WPA2/PSK interface by hand can testify that this is one of the few places where having a simple GUI management interface is just plain nice to have. I did some digging, and discovered that the problem was the plasma-nm applet was not installed. A simple apt-get install plasma-nm took care of that problem – and handily pulled in all the required dependencies for the rest of the KDE network management tools as well.

Other than that, the rest of the stuff I like about KDE was there, along with all the usual Kali tools and resources. Finally, I get the best of both worlds!

Getting Rid of Windows 8.1 Touch Screen Popups

So, this is just a quick tech tip so I don’t lose track of this in the future. If you’re using Windows 8.1, you may start seeing “helpful” pop-ups explaining new ways of using the OS. Designed to assist users in transitioning to the wonders of touch-screen bliss, they are nothing more than just plain bothersome if you do not have a touch-screen, especially since they don’t go away until you do what the screen asks.

In theory you can use your mouse to perform whatever task is being shown, but for me that has proven problematic – partly because I’m running Windows inside a VM I guess.

To kill these there are a couple of things you can do:

  1. Disable the touchscreen device in the device manager. If you don’t have one, it’s useless anyway. Just open up the device manager, find the touch-screen, right click on it, and select “disable”. Why does Windows add a touch-screen device when there isn’t one? Who knows.
  2. Run a command prompt as administrator, then execute the following command:

    reg add HKCUSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsEdgeUI /v DisableHelpStick /t reg_dword /d 1 /f

That’s all there is to it. Simple fix, but there’s no way I’d remember it next time I rebuild.