Sep 14 2006

Got Phished :(

Tags: Rajiv @ 9:01 am UTC

I booted my laptop early this morning to get my daily dose of Google alerts. Navigating through the alerts I ended up at: The Museum of Modern Betas and browsing through its entries I chanced upon Google’s firefox extension for detecting phishing: Safe Browsing. While I was going through their site, I noticed the yahoo notification window show “Deeps is now online” and I was thinking to myself “What is this guy doing online so early in the morn?” (And may I ask what are YOU doing online?!) Installing Google SafeBrowsing seems to be fraught with its own problems. The SafeBrowsing home page says that it can be installed as part of google toolbar only. Antitrust I say! Some sites say the download is available only in US. Further googling revealed the URL:

While I was installing the plugin (firefox waits for a couple of seconds before enabling the install button … i wonder why?!), I see a message from deeps:

Deeps: :)

…and he logs out. I promptly clicked on the link which showed the page:

Click to enlarge

“Hmmm … password” I say. I ping deeps …”Dood … it’s asking for password”. No response. Being a stickler for online security (ask my wife on how i nag her into setting a different password for each site and make sure she does not note down her passwords anywhere!) I think to myself… “Hey! This could be a phishing site!” (what with me looking at Google SafeBrowsing site just a few mins ago). “Very well”, I tell myself, “… the url is Yahoo! Geocities, the logos and the layout looks ok … Why would deep try to phish my yahoo account details … what the hell .. let’s try to login”. Key in the user id pass nothing happens. Back to Yahoo home page. “D’oh! Have I been phished?!” with this nagging doubt go have a shower … come back… notice deeps has replied to my message:

Deeps: what login?
Deeps: did u a get any message from me?
Deeps: i did not send it..

“Oh God! I have been phished!! Change the password quickly.” Chirpy wifey: “Breakfast time!” “Oh God! Imagine after all my taunts … I’ve been phished … how am I going to tell her this?! Have I really been phished?!” So I decide to go back to the site and verify. LiveHTTPHeaders shows:
POST /form/mailto.cgi HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20060728 Firefox/
Accept: text/xml,application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,text/html;q=0.9,text/plain;q=0.8,image/png,*/*;q=0.5
Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate
Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7
Keep-Alive: 300
Connection: keep-alive
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Content-Length: 138

HTTP/1.x 302 Moved Temporarily
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 04:01:30 GMT
Server: Apache/1.3.26 (Unix) mod_perl/1.26
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
X-Cache: MISS from
X-Cache-Lookup: MISS from
Connection: close

“Oh no! I really have been phished! Bugger has mailed my yahoo password to himself!! Change the password … change the password … change the password!”. Wifey, annoyed after waiting for me at the b’fast table: “Wot’chu doin buster?!” … where do I hide my face now?!

The phisher is not Deeps… some one phished his id and sent me the message. Maybe it is not even junebug585 whose geocities site was used to phish for my account details … maybe that id was also phished and misused. Maybe it is not even where my userid/pass have been mailed … maybe that id/pass also have been phished?! I wonder who all will receive a message from my id now and be phished!

Imagine the coincidence, I am finicky abt internet security, I was just checking out Google’s SafeBrowsing and I got phished! “I took a chance typing my yahoo id, surely I wouldn’t have taken a chance if the site asked for my bank account-nos/user-ids” I rationalize. But still … what if the phisher downloaded all my password reminder mails from my yahoo mailbox??!!

All the best dad!

… now the painful part of reporting abuse to yahoo and gmail …

Update: Looks like I am not the first! … and looks like google pages are also being used for phishing. Google: yahoo geocities phishing

Update 1: Yahoo!’s soln for phishing?! (via deeps):

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kalyan K Kumar
Date: Sep 14, 2006 11:04 AM
Subject: phishing
To: sammelan

keep an eye on those yahoo login look alike geocities links. don’t enter
yahoo password anywhere
other than
you can setup a sign in seal to protect partly.

Oct 25 2004

Colorizing Java sources in a browser using JavaScript and CSS

Tags: , , , Rajiv @ 12:34 pm UTC

[or JavaScript chorma-coding]

While posting Java sources on this blog, I used to wish that the browsers could take care of chroma-coding Java sources just the way they take care of chroma-coding XML files. It would eliminate the hassle of exporting the sources in HTML format. All one would have to do is paste the Java source in a pre block and viola! you are done with it!

Inspired by the "live" pages on Blogger, Feed Burner and GMail, I decided to experiment and see if JavaScript and CSS could be used to achieve this. After couple of hours of struggling and about 200 lines of re-factored code, I managed to get it to work!

Below is the HTML colorized version of from the BCEL sources. Check out the curly braces … they are live! Clicking on them will show or hide the enclosed block! Now for the surprise … if you look at the HTML source for the above part, you will see only plain java source. All the colorization and parenthesis matching has been done in jscc.js, jsccJAVA.js and jscc.css referred to in the head of the HTML file. Pretty neat huh?!

package org.apache.bcel.classfile;

/* ====================================================================
 * The Apache Software License, Version 1.1
 * Copyright (c) 2001 The Apache Software Foundation.  All rights
 * reserved.
 * Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
 * modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions
 * are met:
 * 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
 *    notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
 * 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
 *    notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in
 *    the documentation and/or other materials provided with the
 *    distribution.
 * 3. The end-user documentation included with the redistribution,
 *    if any, must include the following acknowledgment:
 *       "This product includes software developed by the
 *        Apache Software Foundation ("
 *    Alternately, this acknowledgment may appear in the software itself,
 *    if and wherever such third-party acknowledgments normally appear.
 * 4. The names "Apache" and "Apache Software Foundation" and
 *    "Apache BCEL" must not be used to endorse or promote products
 *    derived from this software without prior written permission. For
 *    written permission, please contact
 * 5. Products derived from this software may not be called "Apache",
 *    "Apache BCEL", nor may "Apache" appear in their name, without
 *    prior written permission of the Apache Software Foundation.
 * ====================================================================
 * This software consists of voluntary contributions made by many
 * individuals on behalf of the Apache Software Foundation.  For more
 * information on the Apache Software Foundation, please see
 * ;.

import  org.apache.bcel.Constants;

 * Wrapper class that parses a given Java .class file. The method
 * parse returns a 
 * JavaClass object on success. When an I/O error or an
 * inconsistency occurs an appropiate exception is propagated back to
 * the caller.
 * The structure and the names comply, except for a few conveniences,
 * exactly with the 
 * JVM specification 1.0. See this paper for
 * further details about the structure of a bytecode file.
 * @version $Id:,v 1.5 2002/08/09 13:09:31 mdahm Exp $
 * @author M. Dahm
public final class ClassParser {
  private DataInputStream file;
  private ZipFile         zip;
  private String          file_name;
  private int             class_name_index, superclass_name_index;
  private int             major, minor; // Compiler version
  private int             access_flags; // Access rights of parsed class
  private int[]           interfaces; // Names of implemented interfaces
  private ConstantPool    constant_pool; // collection of constants
  private Field[]         fields; // class fields, i.e., its variables
  private Method[]        methods; // methods defined in the class
  private Attribute[]     attributes; // attributes defined in the class
  private boolean         is_zip; // Loaded from zip file

  private static final int BUFSIZE = 8192;

   * Parse class from the given stream.
   * @param file Input stream
   * @param file_name File name
  public ClassParser(InputStream file, String file_name) {
    this.file_name = file_name;

    String clazz = file.getClass().getName(); // Not a very clean solution ...
    is_zip = clazz.startsWith("") || clazz.startsWith("java.util.jar.");

    if(file instanceof DataInputStream) // Is already a data stream
      this.file = (DataInputStream)file;
      this.file = new DataInputStream(new BufferedInputStream(file, BUFSIZE));

  /*** Parse class from given .class file.
   * @param file_name file name
   * @throws IOException
  public ClassParser(String file_name) throws IOException
    is_zip = false;
    this.file_name = file_name;
    file = new DataInputStream(new BufferedInputStream
			       (new FileInputStream(file_name), BUFSIZE));

  /*** Parse class from given .class file in a ZIP-archive
   * @param file_name file name
   * @throws IOException
  public ClassParser(String zip_file, String file_name) throws IOException
    is_zip = true;
    zip = new ZipFile(zip_file);
    ZipEntry entry = zip.getEntry(file_name);

    this.file_name = file_name;

    file = new DataInputStream(new BufferedInputStream(zip.getInputStream(entry),

   * Parse the given Java class file and return an object that represents
   * the contained data, i.e., constants, methods, fields and commands.
   * A ClassFormatException is raised, if the file is not a valid
   * .class file. (This does not include verification of the byte code as it
   * is performed by the java interpreter).
   * @return Class object representing the parsed class file
   * @throws  IOException
   * @throws  ClassFormatException
  public JavaClass parse() throws IOException, ClassFormatException
    /******************* Read headers ********************************/
    // Check magic tag of class file

    // Get compiler version

    /******************* Read constant pool and related **************/
    // Read constant pool entries

    // Get class information

    // Get interface information, i.e., implemented interfaces

    /******************* Read class fields and methods ***************/
    // Read class fields, i.e., the variables of the class

    // Read class methods, i.e., the functions in the class

    // Read class attributes

    // Check for unknown variables
    //Unknown[] u = Unknown.getUnknownAttributes();
    //for(int i=0; i < u.length; i++)
    //  System.err.println("WARNING: " + u[i]);

    // Everything should have been read now
    //      if(file.available() > 0) {
    //        int bytes = file.available();
    //        byte[] buf = new byte[bytes];

    //        if(!(is_zip && (buf.length == 1))) {
    //  	System.err.println("WARNING: Trailing garbage at end of " + file_name);
    //  	System.err.println(bytes + " extra bytes: " + Utility.toHexString(buf));
    //        }
    //      }

    // Read everything of interest, so close the file
    if(zip != null)

    // Return the information we have gathered in a new object
    return new JavaClass(class_name_index, superclass_name_index,
			 file_name, major, minor, access_flags,
			 constant_pool, interfaces, fields,
			 methods, attributes, is_zip? JavaClass.ZIP : JavaClass.FILE);

   * Read information about the attributes of the class.
   * @throws  IOException
   * @throws  ClassFormatException
  private final void readAttributes() throws IOException, ClassFormatException
    int attributes_count;

    attributes_count = file.readUnsignedShort();
    attributes       = new Attribute[attributes_count];

    for(int i=0; i < attributes_count; i++)
      attributes[i] = Attribute.readAttribute(file, constant_pool);

   * Read information about the class and its super class.
   * @throws  IOException
   * @throws  ClassFormatException
  private final void readClassInfo() throws IOException, ClassFormatException
    access_flags = file.readUnsignedShort();

    /* Interfaces are implicitely abstract, the flag should be set
     * according to the JVM specification.
    if((access_flags & Constants.ACC_INTERFACE) != 0)
      access_flags |= Constants.ACC_ABSTRACT;

    if(((access_flags & Constants.ACC_ABSTRACT) != 0) &&
       ((access_flags & Constants.ACC_FINAL)    != 0 ))
      throw new ClassFormatException("Class can't be both final and abstract");

    class_name_index      = file.readUnsignedShort();
    superclass_name_index = file.readUnsignedShort();
   * Read constant pool entries.
   * @throws  IOException
   * @throws  ClassFormatException
  private final void readConstantPool() throws IOException, ClassFormatException
    constant_pool = new ConstantPool(file);

   * Read information about the fields of the class, i.e., its variables.
   * @throws  IOException
   * @throws  ClassFormatException
  private final void readFields() throws IOException, ClassFormatException
    int fields_count;

    fields_count = file.readUnsignedShort();
    fields       = new Field[fields_count];

    for(int i=0; i < fields_count; i++)
      fields[i] = new Field(file, constant_pool);

  /********************* Private utility methods **********************/

   * Check whether the header of the file is ok.
   * Of course, this has to be the first action on successive file reads.
   * @throws  IOException
   * @throws  ClassFormatException
  private final void readID() throws IOException, ClassFormatException
    int magic = 0xCAFEBABE;

    if(file.readInt() != magic)
      throw new ClassFormatException(file_name + " is not a Java .class file");
   * Read information about the interfaces implemented by this class.
   * @throws  IOException
   * @throws  ClassFormatException
  private final void readInterfaces() throws IOException, ClassFormatException
    int interfaces_count;

    interfaces_count = file.readUnsignedShort();
    interfaces       = new int[interfaces_count];

    for(int i=0; i < interfaces_count; i++)
      interfaces[i] = file.readUnsignedShort();
   * Read information about the methods of the class.
   * @throws  IOException
   * @throws  ClassFormatException
  private final void readMethods() throws IOException, ClassFormatException
    int methods_count;

    methods_count = file.readUnsignedShort();
    methods       = new Method[methods_count];

    for(int i=0; i < methods_count; i++)
      methods[i] = new Method(file, constant_pool);
   * Read major and minor version of compiler which created the file.
   * @throws  IOException
   * @throws  ClassFormatException
  private final void readVersion() throws IOException, ClassFormatException
    minor = file.readUnsignedShort();
    major = file.readUnsignedShort();

The scripts haven't been written for performance. I just wanted to keep my effort to the minimum! I have used Regular Expressions extensively. One of the tricky parts was to identify that "" occurring in a comment as part of the comment and not to highlight it as a String literal and at the same time identify /* hello */ occurring within a string literal as a part of the string literal and not highlight it as a comment! [Did I say that right?! :) ] The solution was quite straight forward though. Instead of searching first for comments and then for string literals, I had to create
a regular expression which matched both!

One optimization which I haven't figured out how to implement in JavaScript is to download only jscc.js by default and dowload jsccJAVA.js if ONLY if there is atleast one pre element with the className as jsccJAVA. Any pointers and suggestions in this direction are appreciated!

There are quite a few limitations of this implementation. Character literals with unicode escapes are not supported. IE converts the HTML tags inside javadocs to upper case. The HTML file is no longer XHTML compliant. Also, I have tested it
only on FireFox[0.8+] and IE [5.5+].

If you want to use the scripts, add the following lines to the <head>...</head> part of your html and paste your java code between <pre class="jsccJAVA"></pre>

<script type="text/javascript" src="" />
<script type="text/javascript" src="" />
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="" />

Jul 10 2004

The joy of separating style from content!

Tags: , Rajiv @ 9:09 am UTC

I have always had this fascination for CSS. Moving from hard-coding-style-in-HTML-sources to defining-it-in-CSS is like moving from Procedural Programming to Object Oriented Programming. Defining style classes gives a very consistent feel to the whole site [assuming you have defined your style classes properly!] And if you want to change how some of the content looks, all you need to touch is the CSS file. You no longer have to depend on complex search and replace regular expressions.

So, when I wrote the Export to HTML plug-in for Pramati Studio, I made sure the exported HTMLs used common CSS files to set colors and fonts. Changing the colors and fonts in one CSS, changes the appearance of all the sources.

Wanna checkout the layout capabilities of CSS?! How about moving the main content to the right?! Or how about choosing a more tacky theme?!

If you are a firefox user, you can choose an alternate style sheet using it’s style sheet switcher. What’s more, firefox will remember your choice the next time you visit this page!

Screenshot of style sheet switcher

And if you are one of the 30% visitors, who are still not using the firefox browser, give it a spin:

Get Firefox

Apart from the advantages you get from abstracting style into classes, better accessibility is another key benefit of using CSS. The other day I was reading this very neat book on accessibility, called Dive Into Accessibility. I loved the way the content is presented in the context of some "real people" and how they benefit from sites using CSS. In the chapter Presenting your main content first, Mark points out that screen readers read aloud the content of the HTML source from top to bottom. However, most sites have the navigation links at the top of the HTML source followed by the main content. So a screen reader has to read out all the navigation links before reaching the main content. What a pain! One of the advantages of using CSS is the ability to control the layout of HTML elements independent of their location in the HTML source. So, using CSS we could have the main content of the page at the TOP of the HTML source though it is visually layed out at the center of the page.

It hardly takes any time to read and appreciate the book … but trust me, it takes a whole lot longer to implement it and to get it into your blood! … but then I have made a start! Check out how this page would look to a screen reader or in a text browser [needs to be improved].