HackRF and POCSAG decoding

BinaryRF has posted a detailed tutorial on using the HackRF SDR to decode POCSAG pager traffic. He starts with the HackRF hardware connected to his Ubuntu Linux box. The basic procedure involves using gqrx, then pipingthe audio output to multimon decoding software using the pavucontrol program.

REDHAWK SDR software

If you’re into SDR then you have probably heard of GNURadio, gqrx, SDR# and other software tools for controlling RF hardware. With the growing popularity of the HackRF platform and RTL-SDR dongle a new software tool has entered the scene: REDHAWK. As explained by its developers, “REDHAWK is a software-defined radio (SDR) framework designed to […]

Live DVD includes Ubuntu + GNU Radio

Per our friends at RTL-SDR.com, there is now a live DVD downloadable which includes Ubuntu Linux 12.04 along with GNU Radio and other pre-installed SDR related programs. The necessary libraries for OsmoSDR, RTL-SDR and HackRF hardware are also included. The Live DVD is only available for 64-bit CPUs. Check out the release notes for more […]

Mounting an SD/MMC via parallel port using Linux

Vinod has been experimenting with mounting an SD/MMC card connected to the parallel port of his Linux desktop machine. He recounts, “For the last few days I was engaged on a mad project; I was trying to access as SD card directly via parallel port of my desktop PC with Linux. At first, I successfully […]

Open souce electronics design with Oregano

Linux Journal has posted an article describing the installation and use of Oregano. Oregano is an electrical design and engineering tool for Linux which allows for schematic design and simulation of electronic circuits. The actual simulation is performed by Berkeley Spice, or GNUcap or the new generation ngspice. Oregano is licensed under the terms of […]

Tutorial: Kali Linux with GNU Radio, GQRX and RTL-SDR dongle

If you’ve tried to install GNU Radio from binaries without success, this video from NeedSec is for you. He demonstrates how to intall GNU Radio on Kali Linux from source, and confirms operation of the RTL-SDR dongle using GQRX radio receiver software.

Freediag open source vehicle diagnostic suite

Ever wonder what’s happening on your vehicle’s data bus? Here’s an open source software tool suite which hopes to open this data to your Linux box. “Freediag is a suite of vehicle diagnostic protocols and an OBD II (mostly) compliant scanning tool, currently for Linux platforms. Multiple graphical user interfaces for the scan tool are […]

PirateBox wireless local fileserver

David Darts, Associate Professor of Art Education and Chair, Department of Art and Art Professions wanted to facilitate anonymous file sharing in his NYU classes. He was aware of the deaddrops project and wanted to design a WiFi based portable version which would operate separate from the Internet. “PirateBox is a self-contained mobile communication and […]

ARM board comparison chart

Avishay had been looking at several different ARM boards and wanted to find a comprehensive list of inexpensive boards. After viewing several lists which didn’t provide what he was looking for, he assembled this list of his own. It’s in tabular form, making it easy to compare board characteristics, and covers boards based on an […]

Backtrack5R3 includes Arduino hacking tools

The Backtrack5 crew has just announced Release 3 of their well known penetration testing Linux distro. Backtrack5R3 not only includes bug-fixes, but the addition of over 60 new tools – several of which were released in BlackHat and Defcon 2012. A new “Physical Exploitation” tool category has been added including the Arduino IDE and libraries, […]

Installing Metasploit on Raspberry Pi

We like Irongeek’s recipe for installing Metasploit on the Raspberry Pi. He presents a simple straightforward install method to install Metasploit on his board running the Debian “wheezy” public beta. For those looking for something more, you may want to consider PwnPi, which is a Linux-based penetration testing dropbox distribution for the Raspberry Pi.

Olimex discounts for open source developers

Long time reader IPenguin let us know Olimex started the OLinuXino open source developer discount initiative. Basically you develop open source software for their OLinuXino Linux boards, and they give you a 15-50% discount code: What are the requirements? An open Source project based on a OLinuXino board. The project has to be published somewhere, […]

Hacking and moding the TP-Link WR703N OpenWRT Wi-Fi router

TP-Link WR703N is a OpenWRT supported Wi-Fi router that comes with ‘only’ 4MB of flash and 32MB of RAM. If you are not satisfied with these, they are easily upgradable as described in the forum. RAM can be upgraded to 64MB if you are not afraid of hot air soldering. Just take out one chip […]

Raspbian-based SD card image released

Squonk points out Raspberry Pi’s announcement of the release of a Raspbian-based SD card image. The Raspberry Pi crew says, “This release replaces the existing Debian squeeze image as our recommended install. Notably, it is the first official image to take full advantage of the Raspberry Pi’s floating point hardware for, amongst other things, much […]

OpenWRT router interfaced to an Arduino

Yesterday we talked about the cheap OpenWRT supported TP-Link WR703N Wi-Fi router. This instructable describes how to interface it to an Arduino board, and compares it to other Linux boards like the Raspberry Pi. So far the nicest solution I have found is one of the world’s smallest pocket routers TP Link WR703N. Cheapest in […]

Fedora pays M$ boot tax to access consumer’s hardware

According to an article posted on BoingBoing, Fedora Linux has agreed to pay Microsoft what amounts to an access tax which will allow Fedora products to run on MS locked down hardware. A quiet announcement from the Fedora Linux community signals a titanic shift in the way that the computer market will work from now […]

RTL-SDR and Backtrack5 R2

Inspired by the securestate article “All Your 900 MHz Are Belong to Us”, the hack4fun crew wondered about the potential for using the RTL-SDR dongle with Backtrack5 Linux distro. They were able to easily install the drivers and related software to use the RTL-SDR with GNU Radio and GNU Radio-companion and have written this article […]

MAKE How-To: Get Started with the BeagleBone

Matt Richardson from MAKE provides this introduction to the BeagleBone dev board. BeagleBone is an TI AM3358 ARM Cortex-A8-based microprocessor board that ships with a 2GB microSD card with the Angstrom Linux Distribution with node.js and Cloud9 IDE. It retails for $89 from MAKE and Adafruit.

Cotton Candy: thumb sized Linux computer

Cotton Candy is a mini Linux box in a package resembling a USB thumb drive. FXI Technologies, Inc., a Norway-based hardware and software startup which developed the product, has launched cstick.com, a community website and technical forum where Cotton Candy development units are immediately available for pre-order. (Unit shown in above video is an engineering […]