ESXi 6.5 – Error Loading /xorg.v00 Fatal Error: 33 (inconsistent data)

The Error During a recent thunderstorm one of the ESXi 6.5 hosts in my lab environment that was not on a UPS, rebooted from a power fluctuation and when it rebooted I received the following error: Error loading /xorg.v00 Compressed Continue reading

PowerEdge R610 – Updating Firmwares When the LifeCycle Controller Fails

Why You Should Always Update Firmwares! Security patches, new features and bug fixes – These are all very good reasons to ensure firmwares are up to date before moving your new servers into production. Things like the BIOS, RAID Controller, Continue reading

Home Lab Setup (2017)

In this post and video I give a quick run down of my Home Lab – everything from the rack itself, to the hardware and the basics of what everything is being used for. I started this project towards the Continue reading

ELK Stack – Installing and Configuring Curator

In this post I am going to quickly cover what is needed to get Curator up and running on the ELK stack. In the last few posts about the ELK stack I covered everything needed to get it installed, configured Continue reading

Powershell scripts fail when deployed via Group Policy as Startup scripts with Event ID 1055 and 1130

I recently went to deploy a new Powershell based Startup script in my test environment, and while the majority of my Windows machines happily complied, 2 of my test servers that were running Remote Desktop Services did not like the Continue reading

Exploiting Apache Struts – CVE-2017-9805

CVE-2017-9805 is yet another very legitimate vulnerability in the Apache Struts framework. In the video, I demonstrate how easy it is to run a simple public python script against a vulnerable remote server, ultimately resulting in a reverse shell back Continue reading