Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Putty crashing on Windows 10

Using a dynamic proxy in Putty, I was encountering an issue where Putty would crash in Windows 10.  I got an error in the Application event log:
Faulting application name: putty.exe, version: 0.63.0.0, time stamp: 0x52012e86
Faulting module name: putty.exe, version: 0.63.0.0, time stamp: 0x52012e86
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0001846e
Faulting process id: 0x3f4
[snipped]

Also looking at the System event log, I saw a lot of these (Event ID 140, Source NTFS):
The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption may occur in VolumeId: ??, DeviceName: \Device\ImDisk0.
(The device has been removed.)

This turned out to be an issue with Veracrypt.  I had the entire system drive encrypted.  After decrypting it, the errors are gone and everything is working again (for now).  Also, the system is running on VMware ESXi 6.0.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

dllhost.exe - High CPU Usage

I was getting high CPU usage from dllhost.exe recently.  I noticed it when my laptop's battery started draining unusually quickly.  After trying several things, I logged on as a different user, and the problem went away.  So I backed up my documents and settings, blew away my profile, and logged back in.  Problem solved.

Or so I thought.  After restoring all of my documents, the problem came back.

I discovered it was Windows, trying to index a corrupted video file that was on my desktop.  I deleted the corrupted video file, and my CPU usage returned to normal.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Airodump CSV Tools v0.5 Released

After dragging my feet for a long time, I decided to just release a new version.  I didn't get all of the features I wanted implemented perfectly, but there are some bug fixes and new features.

  • Fixed a few bugs with string processing
  • Added the -i option to read known IP addresses
  • Used binary search on vendor lookups to improve performance
  • Fixed bugs introduced in new code with onlyAddNew and onlyAddOld
  • Output now sorted by power level by default