whmDynDns – Dynamic DNS Zone Updater for WHM


whmDynDns is a PHP script which takes advantage of the WHM JSON API in order to update DNS zone records for pointing subdomains to a server with a dynamic IP address. It can be run using CRON and based on your configuration will add/update A records when your public IP address changes.


Although I have my production websites hosted remotely I wanted to be able to point development versions to my Linux server hosted at home with a dynamic IP address. i.e. http://www.myapplication.com is hosted remotely but http://dev.myapplication.com is hosted on my own machine. After a little searching I found the WHM JSON API and had to have some fun with it!

Check it out on GitHub at:


Changing screen resolution in Windows 7 guest in VirtualBox

“Just a quick note to anyone our there as dim as I am..”

The Situation

Running a Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) guest using VirtualBox on Fedora 14 (64-bit) and my only display resolutions were 800×600, 1024×768, etc. Of course I want the proper settings for my widescreen but it took me a few minutes to figure it out.

The Fix

All I needed to do is install the “guest additions” package that comes with VitualBox. In my case it is mounted as drive D when logged into the Windows 7 virtual machine but it may be different for others. It can be configured under the VM > Settings > IDE Controllers.

Yep.. pretty darn easy.. but it took me a few minutes of googling to figure it out so I thought I’d put it out there!

Sharing an NTFS partition with Samba and SELinux

Well, I just upgraded to Fedora 14 (64-bit) and decided to do things right this time. One of the most common answers I find when googling “Configuring Samba shares on Fedora” is “Disable SELinux.” That’s just plain lazy! So I decided to actually do a little research. Obviously you’ll need to change the specifics to match your setup.

The Initial Setup


Configure /etc/fstab to automount an NTFS partion by adding a line like this:

/dev/sdb1     /files     ntfs-3g     defaults     0    0
Then mount the partition by running the following command:
sudo mount -a


Configure a Samba share by adding something like this to the end of /etc/samba/smb.conf:
path = /files/Videos
read only = yes
browseable = yes
guest ok = yes

Then restart Samba by running the following commands:
sudo service smb restart
sudo service nmb restart


Configure the firewall by runnnig the following command:
Just check Samba and Samba Client under Trusted Services and clickApply.

The Problem

In my experience none of the above has been a problem.. and when I try to connect to the Samba share from a Windows PC I see the shared folder(s) but get an access denied error when trying to open the share.

Basic SELinux configuration isn’t that difficult. Right at the top of my smb.conf file it states:
# Set SELinux labels only on files and directories you have created. Use the
# chcon command to temporarily change a label:
# chcon -t samba_share_t /path/to/directory

And chcon works great on regular files and directory I create but when I try tochcon anything in /files I get this error:
chcon: failed to change context of 'Videos' to 'system_u:object_r:samba_share_t:s0': Operation not supported
So to see the current security context of Videos I type:
ls -ldZ Videos
and get:
drwxrwxrwx. root root system_u:object_r:fusefs_t:s0 Videos
So at first it appears to be a system label problem and SELinux provides a way to get past that by running either:
sudo setsebool -P samba_export_all_ro on (read-only access)
sudo setsebool -P samba_export_all_rw on (read/write access)

This isn’t the most secure however as either of these would allow Samba to access any and all system folders/files, not just the NTFS shares.

The Solution

So it’s back to googling and finally I run accross a boolean to tell SELinux to allow Samba to share with FUSE using the following:
sudo setsebool -P samba_share_fusefs on
It turns out that FUSE is used to mount/read NTFS partitions (in Fedora at least) and requires it’s own security context type on the mounted NTFS files/folders. This may be something I should have known but it sure took a while to figure out and I couldn’t find a single obvious answer after a couple hours of searching. Hopefully someone else out there is having this problem and will find this akward post helpful!

Be kind if you respond as I’m just brushing back up on Linux and this is my first shot at Fedora or SELinux.

Dropbox on Fedora 14 w/ SELinux hack

So you’re cruising along getting your new Fedora 14 install all updated then you go to install your Dropbox and BAMMM! ERROR!

You see something like this:
SELinux is preventing /home/nomsalis/.dropbox-dist/dropbox from making the program stack executable.
Long story short.. it’s a known issue with the Dropbox source and the updated SELinux security policies.

Basically, the one thing you shouldn’t do is disable SELinux! You silly rabbit you..

Just run this instead:
cd .drobpox-dist/
execstack -q _ctypes.so X _ctypes.so
execstack -c _ctypes.so
execstack -q _ctypes.so - _ctypes.so

You should be all set!

I’m not too clear on the details but you can read a little more about it here: