Mai 062017

Under some specific circumstances, it might be handy to run as system.
RunAsSys will launch a process as the local system account.
This require local admin rights.

Download it here.

 Posted by at 16 h 21 min
Mai 062017

DiskMgr has been developed primarily for use in a Windows Forensic Environment (WinFE) to provide a user friendly method of changing the following DISK attributes : Offline, Online, Read-Only, Read-Write.

DiskMgr is similar in use to Colin Ramsden’s « Write Protect » application (see here). DiskMgr is available in native Windows 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Discuss and download here


 Posted by at 15 h 44 min
Avr 142017

In this post, I shared a quick tool to convert VMDK files to RAW files.
The interface was rather minimalist and limited.
Here comes an updated version which can convert multiple files format (VMDK, VHDI, EWF, VDI) to RAW image disks.

Download it here.

 Posted by at 19 h 06 min
Fév 112017

Following a post from 2014 about booting Winpe over PXE on a UEFI computer, see below a different way to proceed.

-Disable secureboot (or else you’ll need to use a signed bootloader)
-Retrieve latest version of IPXE for UEFI, ipxe-snponly-x86-64.efi and rename it bootia64.efi
-run the following command against your BCD : bcdedit.exe /store BCD /set {bootmgr} nointegritychecks yes
-Use the below wimboot.ipxe script based on Wimboot
-set Tiny PXE Server as below screenshot


set boot-url http://${dhcp-server}
kernel ${boot-url}/wimboot
initrd ${boot-url}/bootmgfw.efi bootmgfw.efi
initrd ${boot-url}/EFI/MICROSOFT/BOOT/BCD BCD
initrd ${boot-url}/BOOT/BOOT.SDI BOOT.SDI
initrd ${boot-url}/SOURCES/BOOT.WIM BOOT.WIM

 Posted by at 15 h 26 min
Déc 302016

Christmas time…I bought this nice Xiaomi Mi4C phone for my son for quite a cheap price (considering the hardware).

Little I know that this came with a price : my own sweat 🙂

As this is a chinese phone, this is delivered with an operating system which is full of bloatware (if not spyware).
After some mad googling on different forums, I decided to flash (thru fastboot using MiFlash) a MIUI 8 found on miui forum.
I quickly realised my mistake : not only did the OS miss my french native langage, it was still with lots of bloatware and whatsmore was also missing google apps (that was easy to fix).
Much (much) worse : willing to flash another image, I realised that I had locked the recovery AND fastboot : in short, no way back…except maybe get the unlock code from Xiaomi which can take 2 weeks to come (and sometimes is even denied by Xiaomi).

So here I was with a brand new shiny phone in a poor state (to be fair it was still working nicely even with the bootloader locked and the operating system in english).

Here below the steps I used to remediate to this situation :

1-Put the phone in « emergency download mode » : while in fastboot mode, send fastboot oem edl.

2-At this stage, use MiFlash 2015.10.28 (latest version did not work for me) and flash a fastboot miui image on version 6.1.7 since it contains a non locked fastboot (google search libra_images_6.1.7)

3-Exit the EDL mode (long power press) and let the image install

4-Go back to fastboot mode and send : fastboot oem unlock

5-Still while in fastboot mode, install TWRP (google search twrp libra) : fastboot flash recovery twrp.img / fastboot boot twrp.img

6-Flash a recovery image thru TWRP (i recommend a image)

you can check the status of your phone with the fastboot command : fastboot oem device-info.

Déc 282016

DNSPING uses windows dnsquery function to measure the time it takes for a nameserver to process and reply to your dns query.

This can be useful to monitor and/or troubleshoot DNS performance issues.

Result can easily be piped into a text file and later processed by excel or libreoffice calc (fixed space delimiter).

dnsping 5
timestamp query result ttl duration
00:59:11 [] TTL:219 time:47
00:59:16 [] TTL:214 time:0
00:59:21 [] TTL:209 time:0
00:59:26 [] TTL:204 time:15

Tool can be downloaded here.


Déc 282016

Been a while since last article.

A quick one to post a tool I have been using lately to quickly convert VMDK to raw disks.
Indeed it is sometimes easier/quicker to install an operating system in a virtual environement but afterwards you may want to convert the vmware disk (vmdk) to a raw disk so that you can write it to another physical media (usb, hard drive, etc).

Thanks to libvmdk, a library written by Joachim Metz, it is easy to write a quick graphical frontend that will read a vmdk and write it back to a raw image.

VMDK2RAW can be downloaded here.


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Jan 032016

In a previous article, we had managed to snif & record RF signals, decode it and reproduce it with an arduino.

Thus, even if you can visualize the wav form in Audacity (or any other sound editor), it is not easy to « read » the signal.

The attached software (source code provided) will not only display the wave form, but also shape it as a « square » form and eventually provide a textual reading (high for xx ms, low for xx ms, …).

This makes it easier to reproduce (from an arduino) or eventually make a better guess at what the signal (or part of it) actually is.

Below :

1-the original wave form

2-the square form

3-a textual reading of the worm

Hope this helps others 🙂

 Posted by at 17 h 17 min