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Who will block your last phones IMEI? Samsung or Airtel or Police

It is taking ages for me to get the phone IMEI blocked while police doesn’t like filing complaint on one end and  at the other end mobile manufacturer as well as network providers through stones at each other.

Here is what Samsung CEO’s office has to say about this once it was escalated beyond customer service:

Dear Mr. Omshivaprakas,

Samsung Namaskar!

Thank you contacting our CEO’s Office.

Firstly, we are sorry to know that your handset has been lost. With reference to your query, kindly get in touch with your mobile communication service provider (eg: Airtel, Vodafone etc). They will be able to advise you on the further course of action in this regard.

I hope this information will be useful to you.

Assuring you of prompt services at all times. We’ll always be happy to assist you.

With warm regards,

CEO’s Office
Samsung India Electronics Pvt. Ltd.


Airtel in response:

Dear Customer,

Greetings from all of us at airtel!

This is in reference to your complaint to TRAI dated 04 July 2012, regarding block the IMEI handset of your mobile handset.


As per your telephonic conversation with the undersigned, we would like to inform you that we are infeasible to block the IMEI of your handset model. We would request you to please contact your mobile operator.

We truly hope that the above details address your query adequately.


Yours Sincerely

Tanpreet Kaur

Customer Services

Bharti Airtel Limited

When contacted police about the lost phone so far I have been asked to write the complaint as its lost and not stolen just for the sake of getting FIR and they won’t be blocking IMEI either. So, what am I supposed to do? I don’t care of the mobile that has been lost but would definitely want me phone’s IMEI to be blocked as I don’t want that to be used by any one else.

Who will tie the bell?

Still searching for a solution…..

Fix: iptables: Unknown error 4294967295

Following error is noticed when you are running in the VM.

: Unknown error 4294967295

Main reason for this error iptables support missing in OpenVZ.

Here are the quick steps to resolve this issue permanently:

1. Define which iptables modules are available for VEs.

Edit /etc/sysconfig/iptables-config file on a OpenVZ hardware node:

IPTABLES_MODULES=”ipt_REJECT ipt_tos ipt_TOS ipt_LOG ip_conntrack ipt_limit ipt_multiport iptable_filter iptable_mangle ipt_TCPMSS ipt_tcpmss ipt_ttl ipt_length ipt_state iptable_nat ip_nat_ftp”

Edit /etc/sysconfig/vz file on a OpenVZ hardware node:

ipt_tos ipt_TOS ipt_LOG ip_conntrack ipt_limit ipt_multiport iptable_filter iptable_mangle ipt_TCPMSS ipt_tcpmss ipt_ttl ipt_length ipt_state iptable_nat ip_nat_ftp”

Note:– iptables modules list in IPTABLES and IPTABLES_MODULES parameters in /etc/sysconfig/vz and /etc/sysconfig/iptables-config files should be placed in one single line, no linebreaks is allowed in this parameter.

Restart OpenVZ server
# service vz restart

2. Increase ‘numiptent’ parameter for the VE you need to install APF into. This parameter limits the amount of iptables rules available for a VE. Default APF configuration requires ~400 rules. Lets set it to 400 in the example below for VE #101:

# vzctl set 101 --numiptent 400 --save

3. Start APF inside the VE:
# /etc/init.d/apf start

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Enable/Disable cphulkd at Console

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[cPanel-News] Tech Advisory: BIND: Red Hat and CentOS

Here is an update on BIND for cPanel server admin’s

Recent versions of Bind distributed by RedHat and?CentOS enable strict zone checking at startup time. This setting can potentially cause problems for Bind users with a large number of zone files or syntax errors in individual zone files. In these circumstances, users may experience an inability to restart Bind after a shutdown.?cPanel has produced and distributed an autofixer for this condition. This repair will run automatically on all systems with updates enabled. However, cPanel checks only occur at specific times and depending upon update schedules, users experiencing issues restarting Bind may benefit from manually executing the code to disable strict zone checking. You may safely execute the autofixer at your discretion by running the following command:


Source: cPanel Blog

Upgrade to WordPress 2.8.4

There have been couple of security updates to WordPress recently and here comes an another one….

WordPress 2.8.4: Security Release

Posted August 12, 2009 by Matt. Filed under Releases, Security.

Yesterday a vulnerability was discovered: a specially crafted URL could be requested that would allow an attacker to bypass a security check to verify a user requested a password reset. As a result, the first account without a key in the database (usually the admin account) would have its password reset and a new password would be emailed to the account owner. This doesn’t allow remote access, but it is very annoying.

We fixed this problem last night and have been testing the fixes and looking for other problems since then. Version 2.8.4 which fixes all known problems is now available for download and is highly recommended for all users of WordPress.

This release also fixed the theme issue which I had with my admin interface. Entire wp-admin section used to display in white color and I was also unable to use the options ajax based option menus etc.

Thanks for the update guys!

LxLabs Ligesh commits suicide

ligeshA brilliant software engineer, Founder of, creator of HyperVM – optimized virtualization technology which runs on both Xen and OpenVZ, “Host In a Box” solution LxAdmin/Kloxo for Web hosting companies, server owners, resellers – K.T Ligesh(32) commited suicide last night (8th June,2009) at his residence located in H.S.R Layout, Bangalore.

Yesterday night I was discussing with few of my colleagues about the recent vulnerability report logged on the net and the fixes released to patch it. Sadly I get to read this news in  papers on returning home. His innovative products have made a very good name in industry in a very short span of time. A very hardworking talent, free and open source enthusiast and a guitarist. He always thrived provide a best and an optimized web hosting tool to hosting industry. Its a great loss to all of us.

I recall interacting with this genius engineer prior to his product  launch and commenting on few initial glitches that I had noticed here at Instacarma. He has been such a great help during our further interactions on LxLabs forum etc. Instacarma family offers its deep condolences to his family and friends.

He puts a question mark in-front of us and LxAdmin’s future is unknown. There are more questions to be answered while his soul rests in peace.

News Source: TOI

Image Source: Kannada Prabha

Fix for LxLabs vulnerability announcement

HyperVM/Kloxo users are here by alerted to patch their installations by running the update script by LxLabs team.

Multiple security vulnerabilities were discovered in hyperVM and Lxadmin/Kloxo. It is recommended that you update your hyperVM/Kloxo systems to the latest version, as soon as possible.

Details of the vulnerabilities will be posted in the coming days in our forum.

On hyperVM or Kloxo master, Run: