Tag: Microsoft

Windows Activation URL

by on Jun.16, 2015, under Posts

#Update 10/7/2015  It appears that IE9 and IE10 will not work on these activation URLs but on IE11 and other browsers for whatever reason.

Are you ever tired of having to call Microsoft’s automated system to activate your Windows install? Use this URL instead, it’s ten times faster after you have your installation ID window up (accessible via slui.exe 4 in the run prompt):


#Update 7/30/2015

Should you have problems with that URL, try this one:


#Update 3/31/2016

New URL to use: http://bit.ly/1q60R3W

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Time to rejoice! OpenSSH official support coming to Windows!

by on Jun.03, 2015, under Posts


Granted you can already install cygwin and setup an openssh server (which is a pain), according to multiple sources OpenSSH will be supported by the Microsoft Powershell team. It is honestly about time, because if you’ve ever had to work with Windows Server Core edition, you may have felt like me and thought it was stupid that you would have to RDP into a system for command line access.

I have a strong gut feeling that the Metasploit community (who already seem to love Powershell for AV evasion) are going to have a lot of fun with a Microsoft OS builtin OpenSSH package that may even be able to be installed via the new package manager(?).

What do you guys, gals and bots think?

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Stuff to throw in your C:\Windows\System32 directory and %PATH% variable

by on Feb.27, 2015, under Posts

Ah… WINKEY+R and cmd.exe, two awesome means of launching programs and commands within a Windows environment. In my humble opinion, WINKEY+R is probably one of the best keyboard shortcuts to know,  especially if you work in the tech industry. I mention this because I find myself using this keyboard shortcut a lot and it’s nice just to call out the name of a program rather than hunting around for it in a GUI. Need to see trace route for google.com? WINKEY+R then tracert www.google.com. Need to do a force shutdown? WINKEY+R then shutdown -s -t 0 -f . The list goes on but today we will be adding to this list because we all know that there are a myriad of utilities out there that don’t come with Windows installations by default and it’s nice to have them sitting in your System32 directory or in your %PATH% variable to quickly execute. I will warn you that some of the utilities I will recommend may make it easier for your system to be used as a pivot point if your system gets compromised. Additionally some of these tools may be detected as ‘viruses’ by anti-virus programs. Lastly, this article isn’t a comprehensive list of ALL the utilities that could be added or desired. It’s merely a means of getting you started. With that being said, let’s continue.


For those of you who want to give your Windows system more a UNIX/Linux feel, I strongly recommend installing Cygwin and customizing your install to have all the Unix based goodies that your little heart desires. Once you’ve done this, add the /bin/ directory to your %PATH% variable. Now you can use egrep instead of findstr. Also you can now use wget, curl, ssh utilities suite, netcat, perl and other powerful scripting languages from cmd.exe! (Provided you have selected to install these during the customization part of your Cygwin install.)


Sysinternals Tools:

Mark Russinovich deserves a medal of some sort. Practically every tool he makes for Windows is a must have if you work on Windows systems. So feel free to download and copy all of these .exe files to your System32 directory:


I personally use autoruns.exe all the time as a much greater alternative to msconfig and hijackthis.

Putty software suite:

If you forgot to install the ssh utilities under Cygwin, don’t worry and put these in your System32 directory:


Other useful tools to have:

Here’s a list of some other tools that are very useful to have in your System32 directory:

Bluescreenview – great utility for getting information on BSODs

coretemp – (pretty self explanatory)

cpuz– very useful tool for getting information about your CPU, Motherboard, and RAM

fciv – Microsoft’s hash checksum utility

gpuz – like cpuz but for graphics cards

p95 –useful tool to benchmark your system

rufus -Create bootable USB drives with picky distros (not all work with YUMI)

Speccy -great alternative to msinfo32 that is better in some departments

usbdeview -useful for getting information about usb devices that have been plugged into your system


YUMI – create multi linux distro and OS bootable flash drives (see: http://zitstif.no-ip.org/?p=973 )

Of course this list isn’t complete but I strongly feel that this is a good start. If you feel inclined to suggest some tools/utilities to add to the list feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.

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zitstif.no-ip.org is still alive…

by on Jul.03, 2014, under Posts

Thanks to Microsoft, no-ip.com domains and subdomains experienced outages due to Microsoft hijacking no-ip domains to capture traffic from infected hosts. Their intention was to only affect the websites that were malicious but instead they affected malicious and non-malicious websites as well (like zitstif.no-ip.org).



I want to thank Microsoft for their recent mistake and I also want to thank them for the wonderful user interface Metro on Windows 8 that is alienating desktop computer users. All Microsoft needs to do now is cut off support for Windows 7…

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Weaponizing the Nokia N900 – Part 4.0 – A Three Year Anniversary!

by on Nov.24, 2012, under Posts

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I felt that this was an appropriate quote for my aging Nokia N900. What should I do with this phone? Should I throw it in the “Electronic Wasteland” in China and should I become just another Android user? Hell, I can even run Backtrack 5 on Android now! There are even reports that hackers have been able to get monitor mode and packet injection to work on Android devices!

However, what if I want to run a wide array of Linux based programs locally using my phone’s operating system without depending upon a chroot environment? What if I want a phone/device that has been known to be able to do packet injection, monitor mode, hostmode and not have to sign up for any large corporation’s software market like “Google Play” or Apple’s “App Store” to install software? Maybe I just want to use apt-get to install my programs for Christ’s sake! What if I just want to whip a device out of my pocket that I can quickly run mtr from to troubleshoot a client’s wireless network issues?

It is also nice to have a phone/device that has a physical keyboard versus a touch screen since in my humble opinion, I believe that touchscreen devices are meant for consuming than being productive.

I still believe the best phone for hackers is the Nokia N900 and it is a shame that Nokia decided to go the way of Microsoft. I personally believe that Nokia should have gone the route of an Android/Linux hybrid mobile operating system, but that’s just my opinion. We will have to see how well the Firefox OS or the Sailfish OS take off.

Android is a great mobile operating system but to me it is kind of a bastard version of the Linux operating system. Another problem with the Android platform is the sheer vast amount of different hardware manufactures there are. So by the time independent developers are able to get features like monitor mode working on one phone, chances are there are a dozen of other phones that have been released while the phone that the developers were able to get monitor mode working on will be given hardly much credence to.

Part of the beauty of the Nokia N900 is that it has ‘staying power’. This phone was released over 3 years go to this date. I still receive e-mails asking for support or giving me compliments on my work for the N900 which I appreciate dearly. There still is an active, smart and driven community around the world who develop applications and provide support for this phone, which I am very thankful for.

So what am I to do with this beloved device? A device that can be overclocked to 1.0GHZ, can run the OSX , can run Backtrack 5, do myriad of other tasks and is available for about $200.

Sadly, my Nokia N900 will no longer be used as a phone but as an MP3/Multimedia player that I can use for penetration testing! With about 32GB of internal storage and a MicroSD slot that can be use to extend the storage of the N900 from 32GB to 48GB, DLNA client/server support, a FM Transmitter, and Pandora client support, why would I want to shell out the extra cash for a new MP3 player that most likely won’t be able to run Metasploit locally and an OpenSSH Server?

This is why for the three year anniversary of the Nokia N900, I have written a bash shell script that helps automate weaponizing the Nokia N900 to save myself and I’m hoping many other individuals time for weaponizing the Nokia N900.

Before you download and run the this shell script, please read the following:

Firstly, I am not responsible if this program bricks/damages your N900 (but I can assure you as long as you follow my instructions you SHOULD be safe). For best results make sure you have flashed your N900 firmware to version pr1.3 (also for best results my shell script works BEST on freshly flashed N900s). I was not able to get my shell script to work properly with the pr1.2 firmware.

Plug your wall charger into your N900. Make sure you also have strong signal strength to your wireless network.

Once you have your N900 flashed, please root your N900 and install bash4. Then pull up the terminal on your N900 and as root do this:

ln -s /bin/bash4 /bin/bash

Next download this following script to your N900:


(sha1sum: c3699aea31c8ac91684e89bfdda7901bcc7f042e  weaponzenizen900.tar)

(Source code for main script is publicly viewable here: http://pastebin.com/4UXmAEQx )

Extract it via:

tar -xvf weaponizen900.tar

Then cd into the newly created folder called “n900project” and run as root:

bash weapoinzen900.sh

MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW AND PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO ALL THE PROMPTS FROM THIS PROGRAM! Installation typically for me took about 2 hours. If your Internet connection drops out for whatever reason, for the most part it is safe to run this program again!

For a list of tools that weaponizen900.sh installs for native use, please see this: http://zitstif.no-ip.org/listweapons.txt. You can also list the installed tools by typing on your N900 ‘listweapons’. It also installs this following kernel: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=85665. With this kernel you can do monitor mode, packet injection, and hostmode with the N900. With hostmode on the Nokia N900, you can use an OTG cable and do forensics with your N900 with tools like testdisk!

PLEASE DO NOT USE THE GUI TO UPDATE YOUR N900! Do this at your own risk! TO SAFELY UPDATE YOUR N900 PLEASE USE A SCRIPT I CREATED CALLED “update”. To update programs that have been installed by your package manager run as root:

update modded

To update programs that have been installed by your package manager and programs like Metasploit, SET, Nikto, and etc run as root:

update modded scripts

I hope this script is of great use to anyone who decides to use it. If you have any issues with this program or need any help with this program feel free to contact me via e-mail. I want to thank the Maemo forums for support on this project.

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