Hacker for Hire

Malduino Elite Expansion Pins

I finally got enough time to get to actually play with my Malduino Elite which is a pretty sweet open source USB rubber duck. After dorking around with the base code as well as the Hack A Day code, I wanted to know what else I could do with those expansion pins.

Here’s the details I believe that I have correct - though I recommend you check before you burn out your own stuff, reference information pulled from the ATmega32U4:

  | TOP                               |
  |    +------------------------+   O | GND
  |    | ON                     |     |
  |    |   +-+  +-+  +-+  +-+   |   O | VCC+ (5V-USB)
  |    |   | |  | |  | |  | |   |     |
  |    |   | |  | |  | |  | |   |   O | PIN09 - SCLK
  |    |   | |  | |  | |  | |   |     |
  |    |   | |  | |  | |  | |   |   O | PIN10 - MOSI
  |    |   +-+  +-+  +-+  +-+   |     |
  |    |    1    2    3    4    |   O | PIN11 - MISO
  |    |                        |     |
  |    +------------------------+   O | RESET
  |                                   |

ESP8266 and SSDP

I recently picked up an Adafruit Feather HUZZAH with the intent of gluing it together with the SmartThings eco system. This presented an initial problem of needing to do SSDP based communications since that's how SmartThings likes to do LAN based communications. After digging a bit, it becamse clear I was going to have to make some modifications to the library.

Site Move

Well, the time has finally arrived that I am going to ditch Wordpress. Wordpress has just become too much of a headache anymore for just maintaining a place where I can complain about things or keep technical notes for myself and I’m no longer interested in having to fight the security beast; I’ll leave that to the young guns at github.io. My hope is that this will encourage me to get back into documenting my escapades since the last posts have always just been because I was updating Wordpress to prevent some new hack.

Building / Publishing the MS Band Light

Wyatt • • Rants

Today I’m releasing my “first” android application into the store. I say first because it’s not the first I’ve written, but it’s the first one that I’ve actually decided might actually be slightly beneficial to someone else so I put it into the store. When the app goes live, I’ll add a link and all that other fun stuff. In the mean time, you can check out details about what the app can / can’t do and the things I learned along the way here.


The link is live: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.hackerforhire.msbandlight

Things I Learned While Building This Application

veho Muvi K-Series Research

Wyatt • • Rants

I recently picked up a veho Muvi K-Series action camera … and the application on Android didn’t work for anything. So I started down my own path.

Rather than put all the details here, I decided that I was going to primarily work out of a git repo (after the jump) in the event that I decided anything worthwhile should be developed to work with the camera over wifi. What I found was a couple of key points:

Due to the fact that the camera’s quality was kind of terrible (random blocks of video would just jump in and out) and the SD card that was shipped with it was broken and wouldn’t function in anything, I decided to send it back. But I’ve collected all of my comments, code, research, etc. into the muvi_kseries_research repository for anyone else that would like to poke, prod, or build their own application for whatever reason. Enjoy and let me know if you found anything helpful.

Python Zlib … Son I Am Disapoint

Wyatt • • Rants

Every now and then, I find myself digging through some arbitrarily compressed binary and in IDA, when you have to keep doing it over and over again, you should write a script or a loader to handle that (as any good programmer would). So I started wiring up a loader in python and thought that I’d use the zlib library to decompress things … boy was I wrong.  Not only did zlib fail to actually work correctly (because it can’t actually handle ZIP files, more on that in a moment), but the error messages were basically the same low-level messages you got out of zlib’s internal functions. Really? This is the best we can do right now? What I tried:

[wyatt@lazarus:~/Downloads]$ zip derp.zip Untitled\ drawing.png
[wyatt@lazarus:~/Downloads]$ cat Whatsnew.txt derp.zip > file.out
[wyatt@lazarus:~/Downloads]$ python
Python 2.7.3 (default, Apr 10 2013, 06:20:15)
[GCC 4.6.3] on linux2
Type “help”, “copyright”, “credits” or “license” for more information.
import struct
import zlib
f = open(‘file.out’,‘rb’)
c = f.read()
offset = c.find(‘PK’)
uncmp_size = struct.unpack("<l",c[offset+22:offset+22+4])
z = zlib.decompressobj()
out = z.decompress(c[offset:],int(uncmp_size[]))
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "", line 1, in
zlib.error: Error –3 while decompressing: incorrect header check

This of course fails because zlib doesn’t actually work right with zip files (you’ll find a vauge note to such things in the ) and of course … I should have really known that ZIP isn’t actually zlib. Instead of trying to be clever, I decided to give up and be lazy. What actually worked:

import subprocess
7-Zip [64] 9.20 Copyright (c) 1999-2010 Igor Pavlov 2010-11-18
p7zip Version 9.20 (locale=en_US.UTF-8,Utf16=on,HugeFiles=on,8 CPUs)</p>

Processing archive: file.out

Extracting Untitled drawing.png

Everything is Ok

Size: 24513
Compressed: 22290

So yes … apparently this is the best we can do with the zlib library.