HackRSpace Library

Here you will find hopefully useful documents to get you started on many things. Most of these documents were written by Rutgers Students, for beginners. If you have something to contribute, please do! Send to mcgrew AT cs.rutgers.edu. There will be a hackerspace wiki (there's one for everything else in the universe, why not this?) soonlyish, to make contributing more seemless. (Yes, that's a pun.)


Tiny Machines

You are suggested to bring in your own SD card (4G or larger, speed 4 or 6 - higher speeds have shown to be unreliable for this sort of use) if'n you want to play with one of the tiny machines. We have a number of the cards, but if you want to save your work, you should bring your own -- ours get reused regularly.

Wireless devices

Network Security

  • Backtrack 5 tutorials
  • RootKit Finding - there are a couple of rootkit finders
  • rkhunter is pretty up-to-date and quite good.
  • chkrootkit is a bit out of date (that is, it won't find entirely new ones, but will often find new versions of old ones, and is a good log-checker.)
  • zeppoo specializes in in-memory and otherwise hidden rootkits (and weird names.)
  • Rootkit finders are best run on a "live CD" -- that is, a bootable disk that runs linux in memory without running the (potentially compromised) on-disk linux. Here's a good list (the best of these - Backtrack, we have for play-with in the Pit.)
  • A description of Damn Vulnerable Linux, a popular 'target' for learning attack and defense -- and available in the pit.
  • SANS's poster page on 'securing the human'. (Warning - is huge -- 139M!).
  • Virus Removal (Rutgers-centric) - for Windows machines, the University provides "RADS", based on Symantec's Endpoint Protection Software. For Mac's, there's ClamXav, also free
  • Honeypots - these are machines with special watch-what's happening hooks (typically in the kernel) to watch what the bad guys are doing, and how they do it. It is, of course, somewhat dangerous to set up a machine hoping the bad guys will find and attack it, but it is pretty much the only way to really know what they're up to. THE HACKERSPACE DOES NOT RUN A HONEYPOT, and doesn't recommend you do either.
  • Honeynet.org has a number of 'hypervisors' and data analysis tools for free
  • You can watch attacks on honeynet honypots live - lucky you!


Rutgers students and faculty can download AutoCAD software for free. See Autodesks download information. (The licensing is for an individual -- that is, an agreement between you and autodesk. I believe that means I cannot install it for general use on the hackerspace machines, unfortunately.)

NextEngine 3-d scanner

  • Technical specifications
  • User Manual Note: the drivers for the nextengine munge with the windows-xp usb drivers, such that they MUST be plugged in in this order:
  • Back side top: keyboard
  • Back side second from top: mouse
  • Back side third from top: nextengine
Otherwise the mouse and keyboard will be unrecognized by windows xp when it boots next.

Green-screen kit. A simple screen and pole-supports arrangement, but it works (with imovie, which is what we used for the online video of hackerspace staff appearing in "Buckaroo Banzai" and in "Drunken Master II".) Want to do some video weirdness? Come give it a try!


We have a number of instruments (guitar, bass, midi keyboard), all of which are tied to a mac (with a audio-to-usb converter for the stringed instruments and microphones, and a midi-to-usb for the keyboard) running Garageband. Here's Lawrence's excellent GarageBand howto, which will get you composing on the machine in significantly less time than it took you to learn to play in the first place. (Here is his equally excellent first version (for GarageBand versions before 'Mavericks' (that is, before the AI drummer)

For those looking for more basic education matters, may we suggest perusing the Rutgers Computer Science collection of lectures and complete courses (which includes many introductory courses) and/or Coursera, a relatively new (compared to Rutgers) online course site, with a number of computer science offerings.