Google: Account Information Leak    Posted: Flattr this


With an average computer user having online accounts on dozens of websites these days, it is not uncommon for people to lose access to their beloved accounts due to a variety of reasons. Companies often try their best to make it as easy as possible for the users to have access to their online accounts restored. Unfortunately, sometimes this can turn out to be too friendly, as I will demonstrate below.

Using Google Account Recovery, you can retrieve private information, such as names and profile photos, belonging to accounts other than yours too.

The only requirement is an email address associated with a Google account.

How it works

Upon reaching the Account Recovery page, you are presented with the following options:

Having trouble signing in?

  • I don't know my password
  • I don't know my username
  • I'm having other problems signing in

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Mozilla tabzilla.js Easter Egg    Posted: Flattr this


While reading some documentation over at the Mozilla Developer Network (MDN), I found a nice hidden surprise in — guess where? Firebug's Console!

So what was the surprise?

Too curious, eh? See for yourself:

ASCII Mozilla Mascot

It's a nice ASCII version of the Mozilla mascot, which is accompanied by an invitation to work for Mozilla or contribute to Mozilla. It is loaded through a file named tabzilla.js.

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Interesting Links - February 2014    Posted: Flattr this


Yet another month passed by, and many interesting events took place during this period. Here are a few of the highlights of the previous month.

World of FOSS:

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Switch focus to web page from Firebug Console/Firefox Web Console    Posted: Flattr this


While working with Firebug's Console or Firefox's Web Console, you have to constantly keep switching focus from the web page to the respective command line and back, using the mouse. This gets very repetitive and tiring, real fast. If you are like me, then you have probably figured that (thankfully) there are keyboard shortcuts to focus the command lines of the respective consoles.

Switch to the respective consoles

In case you didn't know the shortcut keys, here they are:

  • For Firebug's Console, the key combination is Ctrl + Shift + L
  • For Firefox's Web Console, the key combination is Ctrl + Shift + K

Note: In the present stable version of Firefox (Firefox 27), the above key combination toggles the Firefox Web Console. In future versions of Firefox — probably starting from Firefox 30 — the behaviour will change to: always focus the command line (similar to the current behaviour of Firebug). Reference: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=612253

Now that we are able to focus the command lines of the respective consoles, another problem arises.

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Tips and Tricks - 2    Posted: Flattr this


Well, it's been a while since I posted the first Tips and Tricks article. Most of the following stuff was gathering dust (of the digital kind) ;-), waiting to be formalized into a post. So, I finally took pity of it and came up with this post.

1. Handling zombie processes

To reap (can't kill a zombie) a stubborn zombie process, you can do either of the following:

  • Using kill, send SIGCHLD (signal number 17 on Linux) to the parent of the zombie.
  • Send SIGCONT (signal number 18 on Linux) to the zombie process itself.

2. Safer output redirection in Bash

To prevent files from being overwritten by any redirection operator such as >, >& or <>, put either of the following in your ~/.bashrc:

set -o noclobber

-- or --

set -C

This can help you from accidentally overwriting files. If you decide that you do want to go ahead with the operation, you can use the >| operator instead.

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Interesting Links - January 2014    Posted: Flattr this


FOSS:

Security/Privacy:

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Interesting Links - December 2013    Posted: Flattr this


So, while I had dropped the idea of posting Interesting Links for some reasons, heavy reader demand (read: 1 reader :P) forced me to be back with this post type. From now on, I'll try to post these monthly or bi-monthly, depending upon feasibility.

Also, a very happy new year!

So here's my first post for 2014.

Linux / FOSS:

  • Multiprocess feature coming to Firefox soon.
  • ownCloud 6 brings collaborative ODF editing along with other new features.
  • WordPress 3.8 was released, and it brought with itself a great new design for the dashboard, better support for different device types, a new default theme and much more.
  • A new point release of Debian 7, i.e., 7.3, was made available.

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