Thursday, 14 September 2017

Using hping3

A quick cheat sheet for using hping3 for port scanning,

-c 1      Only send one request per port (c = count)
-v        Verbose, show response for each port
-1        Sends a ping request (ICMP echo request) This number one not letter ell
-2        Send as UDP packet
-S        Send a SYN scan, open ports will send a SYN-ACK packet back (a half-open scan)
-A        Send an ACK packet
-F        Send packet with a FIN flag
-8 1-500  Scan a range of ports equivalent of --span
-p 80     Scan a particular port


Send one request with a half-open scan to port 80
> hping3 -c 1 -S <> -p 80
HPING <> (eth1 <website ip>): S set, 40 headers + 0 data bytes
len=46 ip=<website ip> ttl=64 id=31610 sport=80 flags=SA seq=0 win=65535 rtt=14.8 ms

--- <> hping statistic ---
1 packets transmitted, 1 packets received, 0% packet loss

Send one request per port using a half-open scan against a Windows XP machine with no firewall
>hping3 -c 1 -S --scan 1-10000 <ip address>
Scanning <ip address>, port 1-10000
10000 ports to scan, use -V to see all the replies
|port| serv name |  flags  |ttl| id  | win | len |
  445 microsoft-d: .S..A...  64 33955 65535    46
  139 netbios-ssn: .S..A...  64 46756 65535    46
  135 loc-srv    : .S..A...  64 47780 65535    46
 3389              .S..A...  64 58947 65535    46

All replies received. Done.
Not responding ports:

The S and A flags show that the target system responded with a SYN-ACK which means the port is open and can be explored further.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Spring Sleuth

Sleuth is used to trace calls in a microservices environment. It creates a trace-id over the whole interactions and a span-id between each call.  For example, there is a call from a client to a microservice to load information for a customer id.  First is the call to the customer service, then the recent orders and accounts services.  All these calls would share the same trace-id but between each one is a different span-id.  To turn on sleuth just add the following dependencies into the pom.  You'll also need to add an application name. Server



The trace and span ids will now be created and can be seen in the headers.

To log this and make it useful though is one thing but there is a graphical tool which makes this very easy.


Zipkin can be configured so that all Sleuth output is sent there and it allows a view of the interactions so that the times and services called can be seen.  To configure and use zipkin just add another dependency,


By default everything is logged to localhost:9411 but this can be changed by adding a property



If you are running with docker you'll need to add a zipkin image into the compose file,

    image: openzipkin/zipkin
      - my-network
    hostname: zipkin
      - "9411:9411"

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Docker crib sheet

Here are a list of commands that are useful for docker, docker-machine and docker-compose


// See what docker containers are running
docker ps

// See which images exist
docker images
docker image ls

// See which networks exist (usually created as part of docker-compose)
docker network ls

// See which volumes exist
docker volume ls

Removing Images and Containers

// List the images and then remove one using the image id
docker rmi <image_id>

// List the containers and remove one using the container id
docker rm <container_id>

// Remove a volume
docker volume rm <volume_id>

// Remove a network
docker network rm <network_id>

Starting and stopping

// Start a particular image and routing 1234 on localhost to 5678 on the docker image.  For a web application you'll need to expose the application server port such as 8080 eg -p 8080:8080
// After running this it'll show up on a docker ps as a container running this image
docker run -p 1234:5678 <image_id>

// Start an image in 'detached' mode to keep the output quiet
docker run -d -p 1234:5678 <image_id>

// View the logs of the docker container running a particular image
docker logs <container_id>

// Stop a particular container
docker stop <container_id>

// Attach a shell to a running docker container
docker exec -it <container_id> "/bin/bash"

// Start with an environment variable
docker run -d -e MY_ENVIRONMENT_VAR=bob <image_id>


// Useful where the host machine doesn't support natively such as anything pre windows 10

// Get the ip of the docker-machine, usually
docker-machine ip

Friday, 7 April 2017

Swagger UI ReST Documentation

Where SOAP gives a clear contract between the client and service, ReST services do not.  This means that the documentation is even more important to allow correct use of the service for the client.  Swagger allows the ReST endpoints to be documented as annotations within the code so that it is easier to write and maintain.

Maven Dependencies

Add the two dependencies below to use swagger and enable the swagger ui.


Spring Integration

With Spring annotation driven configuration this process is easy.  Create a class and annotate it with @Configuration so that spring uses it.  Additionally use @EnableSwagger2 to make sure that swagger is enabled.

public class SwaggerConfiguration
     * Add to the swagger documentation
     * @return The {@link Docket} class with api information and config
    public Docket getApiDocumentation()
        return new Docket(DocumentationType.SWAGGER_2)
                .groupName("Project ReST Service")
                .apiInfo(new ApiInfoBuilder()
                        .title("My Service")
                        .description("My service which does lots of interesting things.")

With spring boot the situation isn't really any different to that above accept that the @EnableSwagger2 can be put on the same class as a the @SpringBootApplication annotation or left exactly as it is above.

Swagger Annotations

In addition to the annotation to enable swagger (@EnableSwagger2) the other main annotations to use are,

@Api - this can be used on a controller to describe the overall behaviour
@ApiOperation - put this on the methods in the controller to describe what they do
@ApiParam - used to describe the particular parameter that is passed to a controller method

A full list of annotations can be found here

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Mocking new instances with Powermock

Using Powermock it is possible to mock a new instance to avoid unnecessary depth to your unit test. This is relatively unusual in an IoC environment (inversion of control eg spring) because you'd inject the PropertyLoader and therefore mocking would be easy.  However, particularly in legacy code this can be found.

If a class has this method you many not want to traverse into the PropertyLoader.

public class MyClass {

     * Method to enrich the object with a property applicable for today.
     * @param myObj The object to be enriched
    public void enrichWithProperties(MyObject myObj) {
        final PropertyLoader propertyLoader = new PropertyLoader();

It could be that new PropertyLoader() has a whole series of dependencies that you don't want to end up mocking as this will make the unit test really unclear.  Instead you can use Powermock to return a mocked PropertyLoader instance to greatly simply things.

import static org.junit.Assert.assertEquals;
import static org.mockito.Mockito.mock;
import static org.mockito.Mockito.when;
import static org.powermock.api.mockito.PowerMockito.whenNew;

import org.junit.Test;
import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
import org.powermock.core.classloader.annotations.PrepareForTest;
import org.powermock.modules.junit4.PowerMockRunner;

 * Test class for the .....
public class MyClassTest {

    /** The class under test. */
    private MyClass classUnderTest = new MyClass();

    public void testEnrichWithProperties() {

        // Arrange
        final String todaysValue = "todaysValue";
        final MyObject myObj = new MyObject();
        final PropertyLoader mockedPropertyLoader = mock(PropertyLoader.class);

        // Act

        // Assert
        assertEquals(todaysValue, myObj.getProperty());


Note: Unlike the mocking statics, you have to PrepareForTest the class which instantiates the mocked class not the mocked class itself. So above MyClass is prepared not PropertyLoader.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Eclipse Not Finding

This is really simple and obvious but took me a while to work out.  I had a maven project which Eclipse would open but one of the maven dependencies has a child of


The maven plugin couldn't find this dependency and as a result wouldn't build the project, show compilation errors or build unit tests.

It turns out that a recent java installation had changed the path environment variable to put


at the front of the PATH variable.  The contents of this folder are shortcuts to the runtime (JRE) environment.  This means that when I was starting Eclipse it was running a jre and not a jdk.  Sorting out the PATH environment variable and moving the offending new entry to the end meant that I was using my own JAVA_PATH again which was pointing to the jdk.  Restarting Eclipse then meant that the problem was sorted.