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Old 01-07-2019, 01:53 PM   #1
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SOLVED MX18 Wifi


Is there any way of refreshing the network wifi list?

Thanks.

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Old 01-08-2019, 03:04 PM   #2
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I use the Bash script below to toggle WiFi off/on thus refreshing the list of available Wifi routers. This is on a Xubuntu 16.04.4 installation.

The script is assigned to a shortcut key (Windows Key + N) to make it easy to run.

It should work for MX Linux 18.

Code:
#!/bin/bash
# 
# desc: This script will toggle wifi radio from on to off and then
#       back to on again.  Doing this allows a newly activated wifi router
#       to be seen immediately.
#
nmcli radio wifi off
#
# put in a sleep wait to ensure the previous command took effect.
sleep 2
#
nmcli radio wifi on
 
Old 01-09-2019, 02:59 AM   #3
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Thank for that, it looks a bit complicated for me.

I did right click on the icon and unticked "enable networking" but couldn't find how to turn it back on.

Is there an easy way for a novice to install Wicd as on AntiX?
 
Old 01-09-2019, 06:13 PM   #4
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wicd is on antiX (full)
 
Old 01-09-2019, 08:26 PM   #5
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yeah, just install wicd. its in our repo
 
Old 01-15-2019, 02:12 PM   #6
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Thank you. Just got back to this, installed Wicd, unticked Network Manager in Startup and all works fine.
 
Old 02-03-2019, 10:13 AM   #7
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yeah, just install wicd. its in our repo
Unfortunately wicd has a not little security hole.

It stores wpa key unencrypted in a plain text file.

It was my favorite but when I discovered this I switched to Ceni and uninstall wicd.

Just for info.
 
Old 02-03-2019, 12:57 PM   #8
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Unfortunately wicd has a not little security hole.

It stores wpa key unencrypted in a plain text file.

It was my favorite but when I discovered this I switched to Ceni and uninstall wicd.

Just for info.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, ceni also stores wpa key unencrypted in a plain text file.

Have a look in /etc/network/interfaces
 
Old 02-03-2019, 01:19 PM   #9
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, ceni also stores wpa key unencrypted in a plain text file.

Have a look in /etc/network/interfaces
Not a good news.

I'm a little bit exposed and with wicd more than once a find wpa key messed up to avoid me to connect.

That's why I got rid of sudo and gksu maybe without any possibility of privileges escalation it's more difficult to mess up connection.

Now they are limited to stop the vpn (block-this and no root firewall on my Nokia 2 used as hot spot wifi and install a program which erases my APN config).

Have you any hint about something safer to manage connections?

We are on the same barricade, you make feasible to use old computers (Thank a lot indeed) I make information to avoid financials' scams to unexperienced.

Last edited by walker; 02-03-2019 at 01:21 PM.
 
Old 02-03-2019, 03:19 PM   #10
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The /etc/network/interfaces file is owned by root, so can only be opened by a user with root privileges (as well as them having access to your computer).
I'm not sure, but you might be able to manually encrypt the /etc/network/interfaces file to give added protection, and still have network access.
 
Old 02-03-2019, 03:35 PM   #11
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The /etc/network/interfaces file is owned by root, so can only be opened by a user with root privileges (as well as them having access to your computer).
I'm not sure, but you might be able to manually encrypt the /etc/network/interfaces file to give added protection, and still have network access.
The only way I found is encrypt wpa key with wpa_passphrase and chmod 600 the file.
To me not enough even if who spoofs my connection do it remotely and avoid privileges escalation getting rid of wheel sudo gksu sudoers aso should give another bit of security.

They should have physical access to my computer when it's turned on, I also encrypted root file system.

The sad is that everytime to shutdown I have to logout ctrl+alt+F1 and ctr+alt+del not so comfortable but security has a price.

Last edited by walker; 02-03-2019 at 03:53 PM.
 
Old 02-03-2019, 03:40 PM   #12
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I'm far from being a security expert - what you have done seems pretty secure to me.
 
  


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