Stupid Linux Tricks: Part 1

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Remote Name: 213.1.59.174
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows 98; DigExt)
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 00:33:09

Trick:

cat /proc/kcore > /dev/dsp

Make sure your speakers arent turned up too highly when you try this one. Also make sure your logged in as root (so you can read kcore).
Works best after you've used your system for a while and you've been through a good chunk of your systems memory. You can actually get some very interesting noises.
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Remote Name: 130.83.244.130
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.73 [en] (X11; I; Linux 2.2.16kjd-6 i686)
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 00:46:12

Trick:

export LD_PRELOAD=/tmp
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Remote Name: 203.96.152.182
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows 95; TUCOWS)
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 01:08:23

Trick:

If you don't have the fortune program installed, and you have xlock running so that it will use the fortune program and dump the output to the screen in big text, it will say "sh: fortune not found" or whatever. Which is much more interesting than that crap that the fortune program usually says.
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Remote Name: 206.86.3.58
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Mac_PowerPC)
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 01:44:01

Trick:

type two echos to get just one echo. Stupid, echo?
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Remote Name: 208.167.74.218
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.73 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.2.13 i686)
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 01:47:32

Trick:

get a machine with 64 megs of ram, run GNOME, Enlightenment, and Netscape at the same time and watch Linux crash from lack of memory
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Remote Name: 145.12.10.1
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.04 [nl] (Win95; I ;Nav)
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 04:05:24

Trick:

Open The gimp, create new image, color=blue and
size the same as you desktop resolution. Put in
some text, color white saying something like :

FATAL ERROR
blahblahblah

and your Linux box will look just like Windows,
can't get more stupid than this..
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Remote Name: 193.88.250.217
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows NT)
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 04:06:09

Trick:

/bin/cat <<EOF >/tmp/forkbomb
#!/bin/sh
while /bin/true
do
/tmp/forkbomb &
done
EOF
/bin/chmod 755 /tmp/forkbomb
/tmp/forkbomb
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Remote Name: 213.225.2.193
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.61 [en] (X11; I; Linux 2.2.12-32 i686)
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 04:06:10

Trick:

type:
# make love

Editor's note: that's not so good, since it behaves differently on different Linux OS's.

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Remote Name: 128.29.4.2
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.73 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.4.0-test2 i686)
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 04:09:47

Trick:

cat /dev/random > /tmp
(/tmp is usually part of the same filesystem as /)
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Remote Name: 195.96.97.233
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.6 [en] (X11; I; Linux 2.2.16 i586)
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 04:27:09

Trick:

Put this in your crontab and make it an hourly job.
koekoek.wav is the sound of an old-fashioned cuckoo-clock.

#!/bin/bash

UUR=`/bin/date +%l`

if [ $UUR -eq 0 ] ; then
UUR=12
fi

KOEKOEK=/usr/media/koekoek.wav

while [ $UUR -ge 1 ] ; do
play $KOEKOEK
UUR=`expr $UUR - 1`
done
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Remote Name: 206.47.244.59
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux 2.2.15 i586; en-US; m16) Gecko/20000613
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 04:37:26

Trick:

One way to bring a Linux box down:

While running X, open an xterm, su to root and try to run mouseconfig.
Email: .....
Remote Name: 129.173.66.61
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.51 [en] (X11; U; SunOS 5.6 sun4u)
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 05:28:33

Trick:

Increase the maximum number of open files and inodes so that you can run an enterprise application and watch tar, a "legacy application" break.
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Remote Name: 137.142.25.30
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.08 [en] (Win95; U ;Nav)
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 09:54:55

Trick:

Step 1: Log in as root.

Step 2: Type "rm -rf /" (no quotes).
You will notice a large amount of disk activity.

Step 3: Wait a random number of seconds.

Step 4: Hit Ctrl-C.

Step 5: Run some programs, see what doesn't work!

Editor's note: that's a no brainer

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Remote Name: 207.80.61.100
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.6 [en] (X11; I; Linux 2.2.14-storm i686)
Date: 11 Jul 2000
Time: 13:34:32

Trick one:

Make the very stupid mistake of thinking that Linux is anything like Winblows and think that "oh! the /tmp directory is just temporary stuff, so I can delete it!"

So you log in as root, and run
rm -rf /tmp

Now you have a wonderful system that you can't recover (at least not easily and not without great nashing of teeth).

Second Trick:
Do not try to re-write a disk-defragmentor for Linux while on serious cold medicine (the 40-proof stuff)!
The software you write will lovingly strip the data from the disk, organize it, and toss it away.
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Remote Name: 132.197.99.10
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.72 [en] (X11; U; SunOS 5.7 sun4u)
Date: 12 Jul 2000
Time: 11:22:01

Trick:

Bored? Want hours of entertainment?

Just set the initdefault to 6!

Whee!
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Remote Name: 192.80.64.41
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows NT)
Date: 31 Jul 2000
Time: 10:16:06

Trick:

Ok this one is tough, get ready now.
su root
<enter pass>
cd /
cp * /dev/null
logout
fun!
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Remote Name: 216.77.43.194
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.73 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.2.14-12Win4Lin i686)
Date: 31 Jul 2000
Time: 15:04:02

Trick:

Here's one I bet you haven't seen before:

At the "<hostname> login: " (text console) prompt,
hold down ctrl-D for a few seconds. You will get
a nice message:

INIT: Id "1" spawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes.
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Remote Name: 205.216.111.188
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.72 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.2.14-5.0 i586)
Date: 31 Jul 2000
Time: 20:05:48

Trick:

First, make a backup up /etc/passwd so you can
easily recover from this.

Delete the line for root in /etc/passwd.
Log out (or exit su) and become a normal user.
Now try to reboot your system with CTRL-ALT-DELETE.

Linux responds with "You don't exist. Go away."

Recover from this problem with a bootable floppy or CD. (If you don't know how
to recover a Linux system from a bootable floppy or CD, you probably don't want to try this stupid trick).
Email: [email protected]
Remote Name: 203.2.45.11
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows NT)
Date: 02 Aug 2000
Time: 17:36:05

Trick:

its a no brainer but you see lotsa pretty stuff if you do cat /usr/bin/*

variation on this..fun if ya on a shell box is cat /usr/bin/* | wall and rm -fr /etc/lilo.conf is very stupid
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Remote Name: 209.125.203.129
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows NT)
Date: 24 Aug 2000
Time: 10:09:37

Trick:

If you want help about your linux system type:

%man linux
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Remote Name: 209.143.71.146
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0)
Date: 31 Aug 2000
Time: 12:45:46

Trick:

Trick 1:
When you get to a LILO prompt, type
linux init=bin/bash

Woops? Now you have a root shell without typing any passwords.

Trick 2:
Find a |<RA|) Linux user and type Ctrl-S on all of his open Terminals. He'll never figure out what crashed them. Then make comments like "see, this linux thing crashes more than any windows stuff"
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Remote Name: 196.40.26.20
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.75 [en] (X11; U; SunOS 5.8 sun4u)
Date: 01 Sep 2000
Time: 11:16:57

Trick:

Just sit down in fron of the console
Then when linsucks ask for your login, press
CONTROL D
And hold both keys for a moment, then U will see that
console inactive for a minute.

( so stupid, isn't it? )
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Remote Name: 195.215.210.126
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)
Date: 07 Sep 2000
Time: 14:04:38

Trick:

This is a script i wrote writing a paper on OpenGL
it requires a ide cdrom, and a scsi cdrom
#!/bin/bash
while [ 1 ]
do
eject /dev/cdrom
eject /dev/scd0
eject -t /dev/cdrom
eject -t /dev/scd0
done

And watch the idebus take all the power out of the linuxbox
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Remote Name: 4.20.179.215
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows NT 5.0)
Date: 10 Sep 2000
Time: 15:08:48

Trick:

How to go forward through time using LINUX:

Install your favorite type of linux on a new machine. Configure networking, video, sound and any other devices you may need. Then, install your favorite windowing system. Configure it, run it, maybe even recompile it, and run a web browser.

Now, the trick is to have your friend install windows 98 se at the same time on a different computer. Look at the time when each of you has finished. He'll be done in 30 minutes, whereas you will have taken hours, if not days. Congratulations! You've just travelled in time using Linux!

GNU: Because The World's Best Coders Will Work For Free...Honest!
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Remote Name: 203.57.240.67
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.7 [en] (WinNT; I)
Date: 14 Sep 2000
Time: 07:53:07

Trick:

Killing your linux box for fun and profit.
As root, type

yes > /dev/kmem

Watch what (doesn't) happen.

:)
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Remote Name: 208.235.58.109
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)
Date: 15 Sep 2000
Time: 21:05:23

Trick:

It's one of the few ways to make the Linux kernel behave as badly as a Microsoft kernel.

1.) find a Linux machine (getting less hard every day)
2.) log into a virtual console as root (if you do this from X, you won't appreciate it as much)
3.) once you're logged in, type in the following command:
init q
and wait a couple of seconds. Bammo, kernel panic! Fun for the whole family. NOTE: I am not responsible for data lost due to performing this stupid trick. I did it once by accident and hosed a nice chunk of my main filesystem, including /etc/inittab (I initiated init q so tha t init would reread /etc/inittab. I forgot I wasn't in single-user mode. The write-ahead cache hadn't written to disk yet. Oops. :^)
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Remote Name: 130.217.76.32
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.7 [en] (X11; I; Linux 2.2.13 i686)
Date: 03 Oct 2000
Time: 17:58:54

Trick:

None of these are very clever, but the other
tricks here aren't too flash...

1) close all your xterms. Now start 2 again. In
the first one, type "cat /dev/pts/1". Now just
use the second xterm as normal...
2) type "echo <ctrl-V><ctrl-N>"
3) As root, " #mv /lib /lib-tmp; mv /lib/-tmp lib"
this temporarily renames the /lib directory, and
then renames it back.
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Remote Name: 24.114.207.211
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla (X11; I; Linux 2.0.32 i586)
Date: 05 Oct 2000
Time: 22:50:28

Trick:

make and run a script that consists of the following:

$0 & $0 &
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Remote Name: 216.131.9.8
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.75 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.2.17 i586)
Date: 09 Oct 2000
Time: 21:18:10

Trick:

1. Get a OC/48
2. login as root
3. ping -f -l 9999999 microsoft.com
4. Watch linux run slow a little.
5. Watch M$'s site freeze up because it can't take the load
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Remote Name: 63.163.68.148
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0)
Date: 10 Oct 2000
Time: 21:38:51

Trick:

Type in your login name in all capitol letters, then everything thereafter shall be in caps! W O W ;)
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Remote Name: 204.71.37.54
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.7 [en] (Win98; I)
Date: 20 Oct 2000
Time: 05:49:39

Trick:

in another users directory creat a file called "*"
touch *
then when the user tries to rm * everything will be
gone. :) Unless ofcourse he is knowledgable and knows
how to escape the * to remove it. Works great on
for unexpierenced users that are pissing you off. :-D
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Remote Name: 24.202.134.8
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.73 [en] (X11; I; Linux 2.2.15-4mdk i586)
Date: 23 Oct 2000
Time: 20:47:19

Trick:

First trick:

U want to add a user. Type the following command:
(works with all flovors of UNIX)

echo "beaudoic::504:514::/home/beaudoic:/bin/bash" > /etc/passwd
... Hmm, that's strange, I can't login as root
anymore... Well, let's reboot it... What's a backup ??

Second trick:

Hmm, let's remove all those "hidden" files that
start with a dot:

rm -rf .* (bad because .. and . match)

Third trick:

Run around naked in your appartment and spray beer
on your computer (without it's case).

Now, listen for your mother board. Do you hear
sizzling sounds coming from your mother board ?
If not, try it with cola..

Forth trick:

Oh, I know.. Go on all fours and, with your feet
in a puddle of water, lick the electric outlet
your computer is plugged in...
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Remote Name: 24.40.4.186
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.73 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.4.0-test11 i686)
Date: 17 Nov 2000
Time: 14:55:09

Trick:

Login as root, and type:

nice -n-20 dd if=/dev/random of=$(mount|grep '/ '|cut -d' ' -f1) &

Your linux box will do exactly what you tell it to, from the same account you just logged in under! wow! how stupid!
At least on professional environments like Windows 95, it never does what you want it to, so there's little chance of really screwing up your system.
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Remote Name: 136.2.1.101
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.7 (X11; Linux)
Date: 28 Nov 2000
Time: 05:00:34

Trick:

su -
cd /
chmod -R 000 *

see what happens...
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Remote Name: 24.112.55.178
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98; msnca2)
Date: 29 Nov 2000
Time: 13:56:02

Trick:

Run your favourite flavor of linux, trip over the power cord (taking it out with out). Then laugh you ass off as you network admin tries to fix it. (works even better if you are using WINE)
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Remote Name: 205.213.240.87
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.08 [en] (Win95; I ;Nav)
Date: 02 Dec 2000
Time: 08:50:49

Trick:

Create a file named --help then try to delete it.
Then you should also try commands like:
ls *
file *
or any other command using * wildcard.
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Remote Name: 212.28.141.53
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.7 [en] (X11; I; Linux 2.2.13 i586)
Date: 06 Dec 2000
Time: 12:41:18

Trick:

#!/usr/bin/bash
while (sleep 0); do xset m $RANDOM/$RANDOM 5; done

not' really stupid, but funny if you start it
as root on someone elses computer wiht & disown
:)
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Remote Name: 195.112.45.10
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla 4.75 [en] (WinNT; C)
Date: 07 Dec 2000
Time: 23:51:15

Trick:

Make Linux act like Winblows. You DON'T have to be root to do this.

yes > /dev/mem
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Remote Name: 65.0.63.101
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)
Date: 10 Dec 2000
Time: 20:37:30

Trick:

This is more of a perl trick, but from what I can tell only works on linux (not on solaris or freebsd). it's a fun test of I/O handling on any unix system though :)

#!/usr/bin/perl

my $foo;
while(1) {
sysread($foo, STDIN, 100000);
};

sysread() doesn't block, so it'll keep continuing to block on STDIN as often as possible. linux's read() (which sysread uses), does NOT like this and will eat your processor & memory until the system is completely unusable (ie, no telnet, no ssh, nothing)..

another good one (variation on the fork bomb):

#!/usr/bin/perl
while(fork) {
`ls -w100000`;
}

does the same thing, but only to memory instead of proc & I/O... this one actually works on all systems with a GNU ls (-w is the column length field)

please do NOT ask me how I found out the first one, it was rather embarassing at work :)
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Remote Name: 198.173.20.169
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; MSNIA; Windows NT 5.0; DigExt)
Date: Thursday, December 21, 2000
Time: 01:58:23 PM

Trick:

Simple but stupid, chmod /dev/null to 000, and watch the chaos ensue. I had a coworker 644 it on the mailserver for 'security reasons' which were never disclosed, which was because he was a moron.
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Remote Name: 209.63.218.248
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.75 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.2.16 i586)
Date: Saturday, December 23, 2000
Time: 05:36:39 PM

Trick:

run: tail -f /dev/console

(as root)

Should lock up your keyboard so best to run in the linux console, not an xterm.
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Remote Name: 207.144.199.158
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows 95; DigExt)
Date: Saturday, December 23, 2000
Time: 07:32:30 PM

Trick:

try
"cat /dev/hda > /dev/hda"
Even better
"cat /dev/hda > /dev/audio"
or even perhaps
"cat /dev/random > /dev/hda"
Cat Is FUN!
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Remote Name: 63.44.83.25
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; MSNIA; Windows 98)
Date: Saturday, December 23, 2000
Time: 08:27:58 PM

Trick:

[real quick note, im on family comp withc is filled with shitty ms shit, from msn, to ms office 10..not ot meniton msn. as soon as i get a new mobo and processor for linux comp i can go back to windows bashing without being hypocrytical]

as root, do a "w" and find someone you dont like logged into whatever comp your on
for an example ill just say /dev/pts/1

do a cat /dev/urandom >/dev/pts/1
for added fun, cat /dev/urandom >/dev/tty1
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Remote Name: 207.153.3.42
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.61 [en] (X11; I; Linux 2.2.12-20 i586)
Date: Saturday, December 23, 2000
Time: 11:03:37 PM

Trick:

This won't work on all shells, but here is the meat of it. (should work in bash)

export PS1="# "
alias whoami="echo root"

Your prompt is now # and whoami says you are root.

I could add that this is actually a root exploit since all processes poll "whoami" to see what permissions you should have; but statistically speaking, you're not even of average intelligence and won't be able to tell it's a joke. You'll flame me in a fury of knicker-pissing indignance and become even more furious when I point out it's a joke. So allow me to save some time: That was a joke, you moron.

Now that that's clear, you can pretend that wouldn't have applied to you (which, statistically speaking, it would) and may even show it to your friends, claiming you thought of it yourself. Enjoy!
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Remote Name: 24.5.73.229
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/2.0.1; X11); Supports MD5-Digest; Supports gzip encoding
Date: Sunday, December 24, 2000
Time: 12:04:13 AM

Trick:

First, as root:

printf "x1b[30;40m" > /etc/issue

next, in /etc/DIR_COLORS, change the line
COLOR tty
(might also be COLOR all) to
COLOR none
(just make sure it reads `COLOR none' near the top of the file)

finally add:

PROMPT_COMMAND='PS1=`printf "x1b[30;40m"`'

to /etc/profile, and make sure you get the quotes right.
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Remote Name: 200.193.138.181
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/1.3b [en] (X11; U; Linux 0.99pl2 i286)
Date: Sunday, December 24, 2000
Time: 03:04:24 AM

Trick:

This one is easy and it's lots of fun!
<ol>
<li>Log in as root
<li>Get your favourite editor (e.g. teco)
<li>Edit ~/.profile
<li>Add "logout" (without the quotes) to the end of the file
<li>Done!
</ol>
Now sit and wait until the administrator (that's you!)
tries to log on the machine! Laugh seeing his attempts
log in! What a loser!
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Remote Name: 144.92.44.76
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.72 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.2.14-5.0 i686)
Date: Sunday, December 24, 2000
Time: 10:29:54 AM

Trick:

mount on a windows 98 partition:

mount /dev/hda1 -t msdos /somedir

open your xmms to play an mp3 file in that partition...Linux crashes
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Remote Name: 38.38.135.232
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows 98)
Date: Sunday, December 24, 2000
Time: 10:56:09 AM

Trick:

Two things...
Once my friend and I typed "init 8" by mistake in Red Hat 6.1, Linux did not like that...

also the one that tops that my friend mounted root to his floppy...that took an hour to fix

ben
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Remote Name: 216.78.152.227
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)
Date: Sunday, December 24, 2000
Time: 12:13:25 PM

Trick:

dd </dev/urandom >/dev/mem

If your video ram is shadowed, you will see many pretty colors before the reboot.
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Remote Name: 65.32.40.219
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.75 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.2.16-22 i686)
Date: Sunday, December 24, 2000
Time: 04:17:40 PM

Trick:

It depends upon your graphics card. <P>
Simply start two graphics windows. The second
will show up on F8 -- for a few minutes. <P>
If you are "fortunate" after those few minutes
you will see some very lovely swirling graphics
patterns occupying the entire screen. <P>It is
much more impressive than any screen saver I have
ever seen. <P>If anyone knows a way to recover
from this without rebooting, please post.
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Remote Name: 195.163.225.42
HTTP User Agent: Opera/5.0 (Windows NT 5.0; U) [en]
Date: Monday, December 25, 2000
Time: 08:38:30 PM

Trick:

cat /dev/zero > /tmp/maha

"aaaahh, out of space"
mahahhaa power
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Remote Name: 192.18.243.4
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.75 [en] (X11; U; SunOS 5.8 sun4u; Nav)
Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2000
Time: 10:18:21 AM

Trick:

simply strip all shared libraries in /lib "on-the-fly" when system is running..

find /lib -type f -exec strip {} ;

have a lot of fun with recovering. i am sure you have backups :)

btw. old but still cool:

bash$ :(){ :|:& };:

(be sure you have no process limitation)
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Remote Name: 198.142.152.201
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows NT 5.0)
Date: Thursday, January 04, 2001
Time: 05:06:18 PM

Trick:

vi or whatever into /etc/hosts.allow

add "telnet.d ALL"
and save the file

now go into #linux and announce what you have just done

then go away for a few hours and find your windows cd, cos you're gonna need it
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Remote Name: 209.54.176.50
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 4.0)
Date: Monday, January 08, 2001
Time: 09:34:15 AM

Trick:

This trick is cross-platform, but is even better in Linux, since the OpenGL drivers are still under development and still flaky.

In GLQuake, or Quake 2, or Quake 3 (client version, not a dedicated server), type this into the console:
gl_texturemode "GL_NEAREST" (for Quake3 use r_texturemode)

VaVoom! All anti-aliasing is turned off, and even Quake3 looks as pixilated as original Quake! Furthermore, I don't even know if 3dfx Voodoo cards can even handle this setting (back in March 1997, John Carmack warned against doing this on a Voodoo)
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Remote Name: 210.8.232.5
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows NT; DigExt)
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2001
Time: 08:24:13 PM

Trick:

Create a file called crash.c with the contents:

#include <unistd.h>
int main(int argc, char **argv)
{
while(1)
{
fork();
}
}

type
gcc -o crash crash.c
./crash

This works on most UNIX like OS's unless you have something like a limited number of processes per user. Just think if NT supported things like fork? Then they would have to implement process limits. That is not really a problem though because NT is a single user OS and therefor does not need process accounting, quotas or anything like that. Anyway, the while(1) fork(); is not needed under NT because it grinds the swap all day even when it is sitting idle.
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Remote Name: 195.30.53.20
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/3.01Gold (X11; I; SINIX-N 5.43 RM400)
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2001
Time: 08:08:35 AM

Trick:

In an xterm commit suicide by:

kill -9 $$

Especially on systems which say annoying things like:

Use "logout" to leave the shell.
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Remote Name: 195.114.38.155
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows 98; DigExt)
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2001
Time: 10:14:58 AM

Trick:

put

*/5 * * * * eject; sleep 5; eject -t

into roots crontab, this will make people get confuled about cdrom tray behave funny ;)
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Remote Name: 63.220.158.4
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows NT 5.0)
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001
Time: 04:43:22 PM

Trick:

Make your DOS/Windows machine look like Linux! Just go into your favorite C/C++ compiler and compile this source:

#include <stdio.h>

main()
{
printf("Segmentation fault (core dumped) ")
}

Make the fake Windoze BSOD on your Linux machine, and the circle will be complete!

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Remote Name: 63.88.152.139
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i586; en-US; rv:0.9.2.1) Gecko/20010901
Date: Sunday, December 30, 2001
Time: 05:06:39 PM

Trick

on a dualboot machine with both windows and linux, figure the name of the partition that windows is on for example, let it be on hda1 now su to root and type in cat /bin/sh > /dev/hda1 the way i look at it you have just done yourself a big favor


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Remote Name: 24.93.186.184
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; Q312461)
Date: Sunday, December 30, 2001
Time: 11:26:25 PM

Trick

create a .bashrc file like this. I submitted this as a bug, but it never got fixed. I almost locked myself out of my computer cause of this. --- .bashrc --- source .bashrc


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Remote Name: 64.157.193.215
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 4.0)
Date: Friday, January 04, 2002
Time: 04:29:27 AM

Trick

Stupid Trick: Install it and expect something useful to happen....


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Remote Name: 62.36.142.61
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.51 [es] (Win95; I)
Date: Saturday, January 05, 2002
Time: 07:27:19 AM

Trick

Install Windows 98. Let it run for 58 days (I think). Watch it crash on its own, yep, Windoze does not need any help to crash. Do the same thing with Linux. After 58 years it will probably keep on going. If Linux sucks and Windows crashes, what then now??? (I'd rather suck than crash)


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Remote Name: 212.185.252.137
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0; T312461)
Date: Tuesday, January 08, 2002
Time: 03:13:53 PM

Trick

For all former Windows-Users who want to feel "at home" again: Why don't you try Linux' Windows... excuse "Blue-Screen-Of-Death"-Emulator? You'll really feel as if you've got your NT back! Plus: You can have mor BSOD/h (Bluescreen of Death / hour), cause you can cancel it with CTRL+C and won't need to reboot as you normally did ;)


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Remote Name: 195.92.168.164
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/2.2.2; Linux)
Date: Sunday, January 13, 2002
Time: 06:13:39 AM

Trick

$ su $ cp /dev/mem /dev/null Watch as your kernel panics!


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Remote Name: 213.93.221.74
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows 98; DigExt)
Date: Friday, January 25, 2002
Time: 10:38:03 AM

Trick

Win 95 / 98 / SE Con/con aux/aux clock$/Clock$ date$/date$ And many more stupid bugs in M$ Windows :P


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Remote Name: 193.231.18.19
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 4.0)
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2002
Time: 05:07:20 AM

Trick

cat /dev/urandom|write user try, and see, is very funny, or :))) (not)


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Remote Name: 80.254.163.114
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.12; Mac_PowerPC)
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Time: 05:07:58 PM

Trick

Dont modify your system V configuration. Get a shell then type init 0 and get a life.


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Remote Name: 24.116.39.8
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows NT 5.0)
Date: Sunday, February 17, 2002
Time: 08:11:55 PM

Trick

to wipe out the whole hard drive just do "rm -fR /" without the quotes of course :)