Psoriasis Sufferer, The Itch and the Constant Skin Care

Unpredictable and irritating, psoriasis is one of the most baffling and persistent of skin disorders. It’s characterized by skin cells that multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. As underlying cells reach the skin’s surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red plaques covered with white scales.

From WebMD

I know that my father have it since I can remember. I know that my mother would occasionally show symptoms of the disease. I have it since around ten years ago. It’s in my feet around the ankles and lower leg. I would wear socks so it isn’t socially awkward. It’s itchy. My first response is really to scratch. But now I have my gel. I avoid infection when I do some “peeling”. The skin can get thick.

psoriasis-ankle-lower-leg

I am taking some medication for another disease, high blood pressure and hyperurecemia. I treat the psoriasis with gel for the excessive dry skin. For now I tolerate it, but what if it grows bigger or gets infected. My mom who is 74 years old, suffers from debilitating joint pains. Her medical ultiplication in the skin (psoriasis)? In my mother’s case, her own immunity is attacking healthy cells in the joints. In her medical chart it just reads “arthritis”. What if the high uric acid level is a product of excessive cell multiplication in the skin (psoriasis)?

Look at my hands. It’s not so obvious here and it isn’t itchy. However if I sweat the white dead skin can be seen clearly then.

rkhunter warnings: Hidden Processes and Processes Listening On The Network

logfile-/var/log/rkhunter.log starts
[partial starts]
19:19:36] Info: Starting test name ‘running_procs’
[19:19:39] Checking running processes for suspicious files [ None found ]
[19:19:39]
[19:19:39] Info: Starting test name ‘hidden_procs’
[19:19:39] Info: Unable to find the ‘unhide’ command
[19:19:39] Info: Unable to find the ‘unhide-linux’ command
[19:19:39] Checking for hidden processes [ Skipped ]
[partial ends]
logfile-var/log/rkhunter.log ends

What rkhunter is telling you here is that it is unable to unhide the process because your system is lacking an application, “unhide” and “unhide-tcp”. Install it first with : #pacman -S unhide unhide-tcp #to install unhide and unhide-tcp, forensic tools

Running rkhunter this time it gave me this bit of warning.

logfile-/var/log/rkhunter.log starts
[partial starts]
[19:19:46] Info: Starting test name ‘packet_cap_apps’
[19:19:46] Checking for packet capturing applications [ Warning ]
[19:19:46] Warning: Process ‘/usr/bin/dhcpcd’ (PID 527) is listening on the network.
[19:19:46] Warning: Process ‘/usr/bin/dhcpcd’ (PID 527) is listening on the network.
[19:19:46] Warning: Process ‘/usr/bin/dhcpcd’ (PID 527) is listening on the network.
[19:19:46] Warning: Process ‘/usr/bin/wpa_supplicant’ (PID 565) is listening on the network.
[19:19:46] Warning: Process ‘/usr/bin/wpa_supplicant’ (PID 565) is listening on the network.
[partial ends]
logfile-/var/log/rkhunter.log ends

dhcpcd and wpa_supplicant are valid services obviously. So to whitelist these processes in /etc/rkhunter.conf all I did was to remove the #.

file-/etc/rkhunter.conf starts
[partial starts]
# Allow the specified process to listen on any network interface.
#
# This option may be specified more than once, and may use wildcard characters.
#
# The default value is the null string.
#
#ALLOWPROCLISTEN=/sbin/dhclient
ALLOWPROCLISTEN=/usr/bin/dhcpcd
ALLOWPROCLISTEN=/usr/bin/wpa_supplicant
#ALLOWPROCLISTEN=/usr/sbin/tcpdump
#ALLOWPROCLISTEN=/usr/sbin/snort-plain
[partial ends]
file-/etc/rkhunter.conf ends

Running rkhunter again I get this non-warnings.

logfile-/var/log/rkhunter.log starts
[partial starts]
[20:00:48] Info: Starting test name ‘hidden_ports’
[20:00:48] Info: Found the ‘unhide-tcp’ command: /usr/bin/unhide-tcp
[20:00:48] Checking for hidden ports [ None found ]
[20:00:48]
[20:00:48] Performing checks on the network interfaces
[20:00:48] Info: Starting test name ‘promisc’
[20:00:48] Checking for promiscuous interfaces [ None found ]
[20:00:48]
[20:00:48] Info: Starting test name ‘packet_cap_apps’
[20:00:49] Checking for packet capturing applications [ None found ]
[20:00:49] Info: Found process ‘/usr/bin/dhcpcd’: it is whitelisted.
[20:00:49] Info: Found process ‘/usr/bin/wpa_supplicant’: it is whitelisted.
[partial ends]
logfile-/var/log/rkhunter.log ends

Important: After modifying /etc/rkhunter.conf run #rkhunter -C to check the config file.

Check rkhunter warnings For Deleted Files

logfile- /var/log/rkhunter.log starts
[partial starts]
[19:18:58] Info: Starting test name ‘malware’
[19:18:58] Performing malware checks
[19:18:58]
[19:18:58] Info: Starting test name ‘deleted_files’
[19:19:35] Checking running processes for deleted files [ Warning ]
[19:19:35] Warning: The following processes are using deleted files:
[19:19:35] Process: /usr/bin/pulseaudio PID: 784 File: /memfd:pulseaudio
[19:19:35] Process: /usr/bin/gnome-shell PID: 1151 File: /tmp/mutter-shared-67ER4Y
[19:19:35] Process: /usr/bin/pulseaudio PID: 1173 File: /memfd:pulseaudio
[19:19:35] Process: /usr/lib/evolution-data-server/evolution-source-registry PID: 1194 File: /home/donato/.local/share/gvfs-metadata/home
[19:19:35] Process: /usr/bin/python2.7 PID: 1472 File: /tmp/vteZY4V4Y
[19:19:35] Process: /usr/bin/megasync PID: 1484 File: /run/user/1000/wayland-cursor-shared-t6KVCM
[19:19:35] Process: /usr/lib/tracker/tracker-extract PID: 1491 File: /home/donato/.local/share/gvfs-metadata/root
[19:19:35] Process: /usr/lib/evolution/evolution-alarm-notify PID: 1492 File: /run/user/1000/wayland-cursor-shared-3IXo1U
[19:19:35] Process: /usr/bin/gnome-software PID: 1499 File: /run/user/1000/wayland-cursor-shared-VWIXlt
[19:19:35] Process: /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin PID: 1538 File: /run/user/1000/wayland-cursor-shared-RA1mRd
[19:19:36] Process: /usr/lib/firefox/firefox PID: 17646 File: /dev/shm/org.chromium.woa2Ti
[19:19:36] Process: /usr/bin/python3.6 PID: 17747 File: /dev/shm/org.chromium.OO0nrj
[19:19:36] Process: /usr/bin/evolution PID: 20854 File: /run/user/1000/wayland-cursor-shared-2ZlQUk
[19:19:36] Process: /usr/lib/webkit2gtk-4.0/WebKitWebProcess PID: 20894 File: /run/user/1000/wayland-cursor-shared-9nUAnZ
[19:19:36] Process: /usr/lib/firefox/firefox PID: 25985 File: /dev/shm/org.chromium.O45DxH
[19:19:36] Process: /usr/bin/rhythmbox PID: 30033 File: /run/user/1000/wayland-cursor-shared-DitbCG
[partial ends]
logfile-/var/log/rkhunter.log ends

I enabled ALLTEST in /etc/rkhunter.conf and put a # on the DISABLETEST list. I feel comfortable now that I have a handle on what I’m running on my system. I ran rkhunter and as I expected it gave me these warnings. All these processes are recognized and valid applications and presumably they are deleting these respective files because they don’t need it anymore. There’s nothing to see here. These aren’t the droids I’m looking for.

I have to whitelist these processes. The basic syntax for that job is : ALLOWPROCDELFILE=/path/to/process. You can specify the specific file with : ALLOWPROCDELFILE=/path/to/process:/path/to/filename.xxx.

For example: [19:19:35] Process: /usr/bin/pulseaudio PID: 784 File: /memfd:pulseaudio
append to /etc/rkhunter.conf
ALLOWPROCDELFILE=/usr/bin/pulseaudio

Another example: [19:19:35] Process: /usr/bin/gnome-shell PID: 1151 File: /tmp/mutter-shared-67ER4Y
append to /etc/rkhunter.conf
ALLOWPROCDELFILE=/usr/bin/gnome-shell:/tmp/mutter-shared-67ER4Y

You can also use * to represent any character.
Anytime you make changes to /etc/rkhunter.conf don’t forget to run the command : #rkhunter -C #to check the config file

Writing Is A Chore

typewriter-silver-reed

Listen And Listen A Lot
Nobody knows everything. To listen is to be informed.

Everybody Has An Opinion
You can say what’s on your mind and be polite.

Read Books.
Read other bloggers. Read other writers. Read what interests you. Read what makes you mad. Read what moves you.

Write Down Your Thoughts.
The mind is a busy place and writing down what’s bothering you, makes that thing clearer.

Make All Of The Above A Habit.
Just like learning how to type. It’s practice. It’s muscle memory. It’s discipline. It’s attitude.

Solar Eclipse In North America August 21 2:44 pm

solar eclipse from nasa.gov

The most dramatic astronomical event to happen this 2017 as far as human beings living in North America are concerned.

Total solar eclipse is a visual experience that comes once in a lifetime so most people will probably travel long distances to see it. Well this time and this one happening in August 21 from 10:15 to 2:45 will have unprecedented access because it will happen over land, the United States.

People in Oregon (10:15), Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, North and South Carolina (2:45) will see the total solar eclipse. A corridor 110 kilometer wide across the United States will provide the most spectacular view for people who want to see sun’s corona. People outside this corridor will still see the solar eclipse in decreasing magnitude.