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Top equivalent for AIX – Topas, Only Better

June 24th, 2009 by elizar

Top equivalent for AIX – Topas, Only Better… That’s what I searched when I got a ticket from one of the AIX boxes here complaining about CPU being 99% used up.

Of course, you can use vmstat with interval, but for those sysadmin folks who are use to using Top, its still more comfortable using (and seeing) the top output.

Topas is the equivalent of Top for AIX.. it’s better than Top as a matter of fact according to some AIX gurus (and Solaris)

If you persists in using top, You’ll have to build it yourself from the sources at plus probably this fix: 

Good luck!


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Tools to Help Harden Solaris

June 18th, 2009 by elizar

Special thanks to Kristy Westphal

There are several checklists on the Internet to help you lock down an out-of-the-box installation of Solaris. But, if you have followed any of them, you know how time consuming they can be, especially for a large enterprise. The Solaris community, however, is in luck when it comes to system hardening because a few forward-thinking Sun engineers have built some tools that can help to automate this procedure. In this article, I will discuss two such tools, TITAN and JASS.

Default Installations

Over time, Solaris has improved its default security settings in some areas. However, it still needs additional hardening to secure some default settings. Areas that are fairly loose by default include:



  • Unnecessary services enabled by default.
  • Warning banners not included with default telnet and ftp services.
  • More in-depth auditing not enabled.
  • Generic system accounts not well secured.
  • Strong password parameters not set.
  • File permissions not adequately secure.
  • More secure network settings not enabled.

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wpv991242765100 – viruses, spyware, adware, trojans, rootkits, worms?

June 17th, 2009 by elizar

wpv991242765100.exe – What is it? You may be wondering what this filename or process is when you try and searching for any malicious application running in you Windows XP/VIsta machine.. (via Task manager).

wpv991242765100.exe’s  could be viruses, spyware, adware, trojans, rootkits, worms, information stealers, keyloggers, bots… I for one is not sure, but I also have this process running in my windows machine and I just discovered that this is the culprit on some of my computer problems.

Problems Caused by wpv991242765100.exe

To list a few of the nuances that this process is doing on my Viao laptop *grin*:

  • Prevented me from connecting to company’s VPN
  • Prevents firefox to launch (and IE for that matter)
  • No internet on firefox, but fine with IE
  • and probably others.

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