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16. March 2016

Typo3: Redirect backend to https and frontend to http

Filed under: PHP,Security,Server Administration,Typo3 — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 20:02

If you are using SNI to secure the access to your site through SSL, you might decide that you do not want to use SSL for the frontend, as users of old clients such as Android 2 or Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP won’t be able to access the site. But for the backend, old clients should not be a problem.

So this solves the redirection in two ways:

  1. Frontend gets redirected to HTTP if accessed through https (optional)
  2. Backend gets redirected to HTTPS if accessed through http

Put this in your .htaccess after “RewriteEngine On” (assuming Apache webserver):

# 1. optionally: redirect FE to http
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/?typo3
RewriteRule (.*) http://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

# 2. redirect BE to https
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/?typo3
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

And hopefully, your backend access is now securely encrypted…




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30. July 2015

eclipse: Java was started but returned exit code=-13

Filed under: Windows — Christopher Kramer @ 22:47

What the hell does this mean? For me, it meant: Eclipse 64bit and Java 32bit installed.

I solved this by downloading and installing the 64bit java version instead.

Hope this helps somebody 😉

14. July 2015

Ubuntu Gnome 15.04: Hide Hidden files in Nautilus

Filed under: Linux — Tags: , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 15:14

To hide hidden files and folders in Nautilus in Ubuntu Gnome 15.05, type this in a terminal:

gsettings set org.gtk.Settings.FileChooser show-hidden false

If you want to see hidden files from time to time, press CTRL + H in a nautilus window.

Ubuntu Gnome: Sort folders first in Nautilus

Filed under: Linux — Tags: , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 14:56

If you prefer to have the folders at the beginning in Nautilus, just type this command in a terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences sort-directories-first true

Works in Ubuntu Gnome 15.04

Ubuntu Gnome: Find file starting with the letter you type in Nautilus

Filed under: Linux — Tags: , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 14:49

New nautilus versions start searching for what you start typing inside a folder. If you instead prefer to jump to the files starting with what you type, just like Windows Explorer behaves, type this in a terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences enable-interactive-search true

Works on Ubuntu Gnome 15.04

4. July 2015

phpLiteAdmin is now hosted on bitbucket

Filed under: phpLiteAdmin — Christopher Kramer @ 19:43

As Google code is shutting down, the open source project phpLiteAdmin which was hosted on google code all the time needed a new home. The team decided to use bitbucket. There were several reasons why we did not go for the most obvious one – github. Mainly, github does not offer some features we need.

I moved all the issues from the issue tracker to bitbucket and also imported the wiki pages and converted them into markdown syntax so everything is nice again. Downloads are also hosted on bitbucket now.

The git source repository is available on bitbucket as well as github. So if you want to fork phpLiteAdmin and send us pull requests, you can do so on any of the two plattforms.

This is phpLiteAdmin’s new home:

And don’t tell us, you don’t want to create a bitbucket account – you don’t need to! You can log into bitbucket with your existing google, facebook, twitter or even github account!

The discussion group is still a google group.

23. June 2015

Bind9 on Debian Wheezy: journal rollforward failed: journal out of sync with zone

Filed under: Linux,Server Administration — Tags: , , , , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 20:29

Getting this error when restarting bind9?

journal rollforward failed: journal out of sync with zone

You probably changed the zonefile while bind was running without freezing it.

To fix this, first stop bind:

service bind9 stop

Then remove the journal file for the zone. On Debian Wheezy, it is in the same folder as the zone:

rm /etc/bind/zones/

Then start bind again:

service bind9 start

To avoid the problem next time, before changing a zonefile, freeze the zone:

rndc freeze

Then edit your zonefile and finally thaw it:

rndc thaw

5. June 2015

Ubuntu gnome: minimize buttons missing after upgrade to vivid

Filed under: Linux — Tags: , , , , , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 15:22

After upgrading an Ubuntu Gnome installation from 14.10 utopic to 15.04 vivid, the minimize and maximize buttons at the windows were missing.

This is how I got them back:



Then go to

org → gnome → desktop → wm → preferences

And change the value for “button-layout” from




And close the window. That’s it 🙂

Zimbra: Redirect http to https

Filed under: Linux,Security,Server Administration — Tags: , , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 11:15

Zimbra without Proxy (pre 8.5)

That’s the easy way how you can enforce https encrpytion by redirecting http to https:

su – zimbra
zmtlsctl redirect
zmcontrol stop
zmcontrol start

Works at least on Zimbra 8.0 and I think should also work on 7

Zimbra with Proxy (required from 8.5+)

With Zimbra 8.5+, a Proxy is required. This makes the configuration a little different. To configure the proxy to redirect http to https, run:

su zimbra
~/libexec/zmproxyconfig -e -w -o -a 8080:80:8443:443 -x both  -H `zmhostname`
# if your proxy is local:
zmprov ms `zmhostname` zimbraReverseProxyMailMode redirect
# if your proxy is
zmprov ms zimbraReverseProxyMailMode redirect
zmcontrol restart

With the latest Zimbra versions, the restart is not even necessary, it automatically detects the change within 2 minutes.

Hope this helps somebody!

2. June 2015

Zimbra: Using zmpostfixpolicyd to stop backscatter

Filed under: Linux,Server Administration — Tags: , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 19:20

A Zimbra 8.0 Server (on Ubuntu) was backscattering. Unfortunately Zimbra servers cannot use the postfix setting


when an alias domain is setup. Everybody says it is easy, just install the policyd as a recipient_restriction and that’s it. All you need to do is:

su - zimbra
zmlocalconfig -e postfix_enable_smtpd_policyd=yes
zmprov mcf +zimbraMtaRestriction "check_policy_service unix:private/policy"
zmmtactl stop
zmmtactl start

Unfortunately, this did not work for me with Zimbra 8.0. The server was still backscattering.

First, I enabled verbose output for the policyd. To do so, open /opt/zimbra/postfix/conf/ (the .in is important) in a texteditor and search for this part:

%%uncomment LOCAL:postfix_enable_smtpd_policyd%%policy    unix  -       n       n       -       -       spawn
%%uncomment LOCAL:postfix_enable_smtpd_policyd%%        user=zimbra argv=/usr/bin/perl /opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd

Add a -v ad the end of the command:

%%uncomment LOCAL:postfix_enable_smtpd_policyd%%policy    unix  -       n       n       -       -       spawn
%%uncomment LOCAL:postfix_enable_smtpd_policyd%%        user=zimbra argv=/usr/bin/perl /opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd -v

Then (as zimbra user), recreate the and restart postfix with these commands:

zmmtactl stop
zmmtactl start

Now when a mail is received (from an external sender), you will see output like this in your mail log (on Debian/Ubuntu: /var/log/mail.log):

/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: ccert_fingerprint=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: sasl_method=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: sasl_sender=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: size=3428
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: helo_name=[...]
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: reverse_client_name=[...]
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: queue_id=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: encryption_cipher=AECDH-AES256-SHA
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: encryption_protocol=TLSv1.2
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: etrn_domain=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: ccert_subject=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: request=smtpd_access_policy
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: protocol_state=RCPT
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: stress=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute:
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: sasl_username=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: ccert_pubkey_fingerprint=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: instance=7289.556db23f.b6b7d.0
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: protocol_name=ESMTP
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: encryption_keysize=256
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: recipient_count=0
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: ccert_issuer=
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: sender=[...]
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: client_name=[...]
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Attribute: client_address=[...]
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Recipient Domain:
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Recipient userid: does-not-exist
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[29326]: Action: dunno

If you see these logs, then zmpostfixpolicyd is set up correctly in postfix. If you don’t, check the postfix configuration.

But the policy daemon always returned “dunno”, even if the recipient did not exist. Therefore, I looked into the perl code of the policy daemon (/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd):

The original code includes this part:

    if (lc(($ldap->get_values("zimbraDomainType"))[0]) eq "alias") {
      my $robject = ($ldap->get_values("zimbraMailCatchAllForwardingAddress"))[0];
      syslog $syslog_priority, "Real Domain: %s", $robject if $verbose;
      $mesg = $ldap->search_s(
      $ent = $ldap->first_entry();
      if ($ent != 0) {
        return "dunno";
      } else {
        return "reject 5.1.1 Mailbox unavailable";
    } else {
      return "dunno";

So basically, this code only rejects mail to recipients for alias-domains, but accepts all mail to domains that are not alias-domains. I adjusted the code as follows:

    if (lc(($ldap->get_values("zimbraDomainType"))[0]) eq "alias") {
      my $robject = ($ldap->get_values("zimbraMailCatchAllForwardingAddress"))[0];
      syslog $syslog_priority, "Real Domain: %s", $robject if $verbose;
      $mesg = $ldap->search_s(
      $ent = $ldap->first_entry();
      if ($ent != 0) {
        syslog $syslog_priority, "Existing Alias-Recipient";
        return "dunno";
      } else {
        syslog $syslog_priority, "Non-Existing Alias-Recipient";
        return "reject 5.1.1 Mailbox unavailable";
    } else {

      $mesg = $ldap->search_s(
      $ent = $ldap->first_entry();
      if ($ent != 0) {
        syslog $syslog_priority, "Existing Recipient";
        return "dunno";
      } else {
        syslog $syslog_priority, "Non-Existing Recipient";
        return "reject 5.1.1 Mailbox unavailable";


Then I restarted postfix as a zimbra user with:

zmmtactl stop
zmmtactl start

And finally, the policy daemon rejected mails to unexisting recipients 🙂

/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[5799]: Recipient Domain:
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[5799]: Recipient userid: does-not-exist
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[5799]: Non-Existing Recipient
/opt/zimbra/libexec/zmpostfixpolicyd[5799]: Action: reject 5.1.1 Mailbox unavailable
postfix/smtpd[5791]: NOQUEUE: reject: RCPT from [...]: 554 5.1.1 <>: Recipient address rejected: Mailbox unavailable; [...]

Please use the described solution with care. It is my workaround, it is working on the system in question. It might not work with another setup. If you use it, test thoroughly if only the correct mails get rejected.

A Zimbra update will overwrite the zmpostfixpolicyd code and thus revert the change, so you might need to readjust the code after an update.

This drove me nuts and I hope this information is of help for somebody. Please comment if you have a better solution or find the described solution useful.

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