Vive La Fete

Last friday and saturday the belgian band Vive La Fete were in the country, friday at ‘Het Paard’ in The Hague, which I sadly couln’t attend, but they were in ‘De Kade’ in Zaandam the day later, and I dicided to drop by over there. It was my first time in Zaandam, but it was quite easy to find the place. When I got there around 21:45 is was very quiet, with only 20 or so people in the room. Just past ten the warmup-act ‘The Hollywood Pornstars’ started. A nice and loud mix of rock music continued for the next 45 minutes. After a short break to rearrange the stage darkness was restored to the room and some classical music started playing while the crowd started chearing on the band. By this time it had gotten quite full and cosy. After the classical music ended the band arrived on-stage and started playing. I managed to keep my place right in the first line, almost in the middle for the entire concert, so I had a great view, although it was a tad LOUD (*autch my ears are ringing*). Els and Danny put on a great show, lots of people were singing and dancing along and the overall mood was great. On their last song they dragged lots of people on stage, and let them sing, chear and play guitar on stage, while the band itself (at least Danny and Els) left the stage. When they returned they did another 3 songs, and at 00:30 they left for the evening.

After I picked up one of their cd’s at the exit I went back home, with the new cd screaming in the car-stereo…. where it still sits today. Unfortunatly I ran out of money and could only get one cd, and not the other cd’s and t-shirts… maybe next time (or online via Lalaland Music)

Sweex 802.11g router/accesspoint config disclosure / remote config

Last year I reported the following security-issue… I’ve decided to archive it here.
It was posted to fulldisclosure, and archived here:

Maniac Security Advisory 2004-01
Configuration disclosure on Wireless Accesspoint/Router


Critical elements of the accesspoint’s configuration can be discovered by
any client connected to the accesspoint. This includes the administration
username and password.


Sweex Wireless Broadband Router/Accesspoint 802.11g (LC000060)
Unex WF514 (Unverified, but this appears to be the same device)


The configuration of the accesspoint can be ‘backed-up’ using tftp from any
client that is connected to the accesspoint by requesting any filename from
the tftp server (default as long as the name starts with ‘nvram’.

Running strings(1) on the nvram file then reveals the admin username and
password and other configuration data. Using the username and password the
configuration webinterface can be accessed to modify the entire configuration.

If the accesspoint is also used as a Broadband router that the username and
passwords of these connections is also revealed.


At the current time there is no known way to prevent this attack. The vendor
has been notified May 12th.

Copyright 2004 Mark Janssen

WhatTheHack is over…

What the Hack is over… I had a wonderful time. I also visited NE2000 for a day this year. Many of the lectures from WhatTheHack can be found on thanks to the video-team for recoding everything and xs4all for providing the video-server and bandwidth. contains most relevant info, and lots of links to video’s, photo’s and articles. Snow had a very successful promotion action, giving away 80 liters of blue icecream to wth-visitors.


Tonight we went to Korsakoff in Amsterdam (down the street from the melkweg). Habbie, Webmind, N_ice, Liessa, Skatey and me arrived there at about 00:30 and the place was allready booming, good music, nice people, good policy/rules and a very good mood )

Lot’s of alternative, metal and goth music, with the occasional 80’s classic thrown in for good fun. Defenitly something we need to do again soon ;) .

Liessa’s friends we met there also invited us to another goth/metal partly somewhere in May, details will follow.

B.t.w. a good thing to remember is the ‘Park and Bike’ facility at the Olympic Stadium parking… just 5.50 for parking 24 hours and borrowing a decent bike to drive into the city-center and back.
Especially handy when you get back at like 04:00, when there are only nite-buses which don’t go in your direction ;)

Happy New Year

Well… we’ve arrived in the year 2005… I’ve just returned from a wonderfull trip to Berlin where I visited the 21st CCC congres together with 3500 other hackers, lockpickers, administrators and students. After half a day of travelling and half a day of walking/tramming through Berlin the conference began. Three long days filled with more then 200 lectures and workshops on various subjects. Continue reading Happy New Year

(nl) Dag 2 in Berlijn

Zo, nu na 2 dagen in Berlijn is het me eindelijk gelukt een enigszins stabiele internet verbinding te regelen… het schijnt allemaal nogal wat moeite te kosten.

Zondag middag kwam in op Berlijn Ost-bahnhof aan, waar ik na een flinke zoekpartij de kaartjesverkoop van de S en U-bahn vond. Na een weekkaart gekocht te hebben (a 25 euro) kon ik toen op zoek naar de juiste lijn om terug op Alexanderplatz te komen (waar de trein al was langs-geweest, maar niet stopte).

Continue reading (nl) Dag 2 in Berlijn

Going to Berlin

I’ll be leaving for a week in Berlin next week. I’m mainly going there
to visit the Chaos Computer Club’s 21st conferance, but I’m also
staying some time to visit the beautifull city of Berlin. Expect some
updates and pictures after x-mas. I’ll try to log in occasionally to do
some updates when I can find connectivity ;)

I’m going by train, since I don’t feel happy driving all the way
to berlin in my tiny car on slippery snowy roads, besides, where would
I leave it in a city like Berlin. I’m staying at a hostel near
Alexanderplatz, which is also where the conference will be held.

When I come back I’ll be starting with my new job at Snow IT.
Hopefully they’ll have a nice assignment for me by the time I get back.

Some relevant links:

Chaos Computer Club

21C3 Wiki

Event Schedule

Berlin Map

Hans Bakker R.I.P.

News has just reached me that Hans Bakker ( has died today in a car accident. He was driving back with Edwin Hermans ( and webmind from dropping off Richard M Stallman in Paris when their car was hit by a truck.

This is quite a shock, since I just spoke to him yesterday evening just before he left for Paris.

For more info check out wicherts page on for updated info.

Prodigy Remixed

Check out You can (freely) download a remix album with remixes of the latest Prodigy album “Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned”. The album is distributed using bittorrent and requests a donation to one of the selected charities.

The remix-album is called “Always Outsiders, Never Outdone” and in my opinion it’s better then the original. Definitly worth a listen ;)