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Cisco Prime 3.x fills up /var

Symptom : Prime 3.7 won’t start. Reason : /var is full, as /var/log/wtmp fills up quickly : sudo -i ls -l /var/log/wtmp ade # utmpdump /var/log/wtmp | more [5] [06834] [tyS0] [ ] [ttyS0] [ ] [] [Tue Feb 04 21:30:45 2020 CET] [5] [06835] [tyS1] [ ] [ttyS1] [ ] [] [Tue Feb 04 […]

/var usage

Auto-vivification in Python 3.x

Are you spoiled by Perl’s auto-vivification allowing to write such code and you want to do the same in Python ? An often used, somewhat ugly code pattern where you need to add a key in a dict when it’s not there yet: There is a better way since Python 3.3 (even if Perl’s type […]


This is a blog post about a new script, that will execute a request in order trigger an arbitrary Core Rule Set anomaly score. The OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set (short CRS) is a scoring rule set with individual rules working together to assess an incoming request and assigning it an anomaly score. An administrator […]

Adding empty HTTP headers via libcurl (pycurl)

When testing for the correct behavior of the OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set, a popular Web Application Firewall rule set, I needed to send empty Acccept- and User-Agent headers. This is relatively simple on the command line with curl: $> curl –header “User-Agent;” Pulling this off with libcurl (pycurl in my case), was way […]