truecrypt on the BeagleBone Black (Debian)

100 days ago

As I’m using Revision B, I ended up downloading source to a mount point on the sdcard (/mnt/sdcard) as it’s too easy to fill up the 2GB root device otherwise.

Download and unpack truecrypt-7.1a-source

Download and unpack wxWidgets

export SDCARD=/mnt/sdcard
cd ${SDCARD}
tar xvfz wxWidgets-2.8.12.tar.gz
export WX_HOME=${SDCARD}/wxWidgets-2.8.12/

Download PKCS11 headers

mkdir ${SDCARD}/pkcs
cd ${SDCARD}
wget '*.h'
export PKCS11_INC=${SDCARD}/pkcs

Build truecrypt

cd ${SDCARD}/truecrypt-7.1a-source
make NOGUI=1 WX_ROOT=${WX_HOME} wxbuild

Copy the binary to the system

sudo cp Main/truecrypt /usr/bin
chown bin.bin /usr/bin/truecrypt
chmod 0755 /usr/bin/truecrypt



MediaWiki and the Case of the Sporadic LaTeX Failure

409 days ago

I recently upgraded to MediaWiki 1.21 for my personal wiki, and I was annoyed to see that LaTeX support was removed, though it and MathJax are available as extensions.

Once I installed it, I was vexed by sporadic failures in typesetting — texvc would succeed in producing an image about 20% of the time.

Eventually, I found out why — the memory limits on the wfShellExec call were set pretty low, and so most of the time it would fail to malloc the memory it needed.

Increasing the global default for shell calls in LocalSettings.php fixed this:

$wgMaxShellMemory = 402400;

If you’re having the same problem, give it a try.



Parsing sentences and words from sentences in java

418 days ago

I think this is worth highlighting, because I’ve seen so many cases where programmers “parse” text using java tools like StringTokenizer or split() with a set of punctuation characters:

java already has a built-in, locale-aware method for getting sentences from text, and words from sentences:


Anything you write yourself to parse text will likely miss corner-cases and be un-prepared for other languages.

Since BreakIterator does the job, isn’t difficult to use and has been around jdk 1.2, why not use it?

odd punctuation like this, for example, when reading words.



My hashCode() is zero

669 days ago

If you’re curious, here is a larger list of strings that have a hashCode() of 0 in java. (compressed with 7zip)



Java hashCode() collisions

671 days ago

Having previously read about hash collision attacks, it occurred to me that it was not trivial to generate collisions.

In particular, I’m looking for strings that have a hashCode() of 0, since this can cause the JVM to re-compute the hash.

What do colliding alphanumeric Strings look like in java? Here’s a sample.

ARbyguv ARbygvW ARbygw8 ARbyhVv ARbyhWW ARbyhX8 ARbyi7v ARbyi8W ARbyi98 ARcZguv ARcZgvW ARcZgw8 ARcZhVv ARcZhWW ARcZhX8 ARcZi7v ARcZi8W ARcZi98 ASCyguv ASCygvW ASCygw8 ASCyhVv ASCyhWW ASCyhX8 ASCyi7v ASCyi8W ASCyi98 ASDZguv ASDZgvW ASDZgw8 ASDZhVv ASDZhWW



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