Monthly Archives: December 2010

phpMyAdmin using login with nginx behind a https auth login

The title may be confusing, but I am sure it is related to how I have things setup. I have phpMyAdmin setup to use http login, which means it gives a login form for me to log into phpMyAdmin. phpMyAdmin is on a protected folder with a auth basic login setup (so a dual auth is required to access my database). This is all behind https.

The problem as been that after I login, is phpMyAdmin will redirect to http://domain.tld:443/phpmyadmin/index.php[…]
This causes Nginx to complain that a redirect to a https port coming from a http protocol. Nginx won’t even do the redirect to https protocol even though I have that setup.

I know the blame here is phpMyAdmin. It took some time to figure out why and sadly a solution in phpMyAdmin isn’t the easiest. It is much easier to fix in the Nginx configuration.

The issue is that HTTPS is not set in the server environment variables. So phpMyAdmin detects the port mismatch and when it fixes up the url, it includes the port (since it doesn’t detect HTTPS on and the port is not 80).

The simplest solution is just to add this to my fastcgi_params. Since the location of phpMyAdmin is behinds its own domain that always uses https, I don’t have to worry about the variable being set where it shouldn’t.

I also show a HTTP_SCHEME environment variable. phpMyAdmin will also detect this if it doesn’t detect HTTPS is on. Either one of these should work. I only tested the first but the second is looked at in the phpMyAdmin config test and it bypasses all the other scheme checks.

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Content Security Policy with google ads

Content Security Policy is a relativity new header being promoted. Browsers such as Firefox 4 will make use of this. Considering the benefits it and X-Frame-Options headers offer. It is almost stupid to not look into this.
These new headers try to do one thing and that is prevent some of the common security issues (Clickjacking, XSS, and data injection).

However, google ads require some setup. You have to allow it on multiple src. From my tests, this includes the allow and script-src twice (two domains).

Mantis has already implanted this in their source code. Due to how limiting what they implanted is, it breaks a lot of integrations. uses mantis as its bug tracking software. CSP also happen to of broken everything from working correctly in FireFox4.

So after some testing with FireFox4 and reading the CSP information. I came up with the following header (which you can view if you have the proper tools installed and visit Mantis on

Note that image-src is set to self and *. The wildcard allows us to load in remote images. Although this lowers security, there is no other simple way to do this with remote avatars.  The header gets nasty in length and I personally start to worry about all headers being able to be transmitted in one packet in some setups where the header is even longer.   But this is the price you pay for security.

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Convert TS3 from sqlite to mysql database

I run a teamspeak server and it uses teamspeak3.  However when I set it up, I didn’t bother getting any further than getting it running.  Now I find out that its using sqlite for a database and that database is taking up a lot of data for useless logs.

First step was to figure out how to convert the database.  After some thankless google searches I found something that worked (after my own edits to it):

sqlite3 ts3server.sqlitedb .dump | egrep -vi ‘^(BEGIN TRANSACTION|PRAGMA|COMMIT|INSERT INTO “devices”|INSERT INTO “sqlite_sequence”|DELETE FROM “sqlite_sequence”)’ | perl -pe ‘s/INSERT INTO \”(.*)\” VALUES/INSERT INTO \1 VALUES/’ | perl -pe ‘s/AUTOINCREMENT/auto_increment/’ | perl -pe ‘s/varchar\)/varchar\(255\)\)/’ > tsdb.sql

Basically it dumps the database, then we remove the things that mysql doesn’t understand or are useless for mysql, and finally it fixes some stuff up so its a proper database script acceptable by mysql.  Then I just went to importing it.  I setup a teamspeak database and user before I did this.

mysql -u teampseak -p teamspeak < tsdb.sql

For the next part, I was just testing.  First I created a ts3server.ini file, then added the agrument into it:


I tried to start up the server but failed.  It seems from google searches others are getting this error as well:

|CRITICAL|DatabaseQuery |   | unable to load database plugin library “”, halting

It turns out that it needs a library file on the server.  You can find this out with the ldd command:

$ ldd =>  (0x00007fffa27ff000) => not found => /usr/lib/ (0x00007f272c3f8000) => /lib/ (0x00007f272c174000) => /lib/ (0x00007f272bf5d000) => /lib/ (0x00007f272bbda000)
/lib64/ (0x00007f272c919000)

So I had hopped that I had some sort of file:


I had located those two files, but I couldn’t get them to work.  Suggestions from searching showed people symlinking the .15 version to their teamspeak home directory.  I tried to just use the .16, but no go.  Back to google to find out how to get that file for my version of ubuntu.  I tried to do a apt-get on “libmysqlclient15off” as suggested name elsewhere, but no luck for my ubuntu version.  I found out I could just pull it right from the package server directly.  That works out for me 🙂  I use 64 bit, so I got the 64 bit version:

$ wget

$ dpkg -i libmysqlclient15off_5.1.30really5.0.83-0ubuntu3_amd64.deb

Tried to restart teamspeak, still no luck.  So I tried the symlink suggestion (while working in my teamspeak install location):

$ ln -s /usr/lib/

Finally it worked, but gave errors because I never setup the ini file that contained the mysql user details (ts3db_mysql.ini).  So I created that and restarted teamspeak again.  The format of the file is as follows:


Finally, things where working :).  After that I also used the “createinifile=1” attribute when I started the server so it would dump all current contents of my configuration into a ini file.

I setup my log folder for teamspeak via a symlink (as you can’t move it to /var/log directly since it was running as a unprivileged user) to a folder in /var/log (I called mine ts3).  I wanted to setup autorotation of the log files (since the server almost never goes down and I don’t want a 100 mb log file :P).  Alas, it seems to of gotten the best of me so far.  I haven’t had time to figure out how to get it to auto rotate the log files out.

The only other issue is teamspeak also seems to log files into the database (two places!).  I just ran this manually, but I may have to setup a cron script to auto do this for me later on:

DELETE from log WHERE log_timestamp > unix_timestamp() – 2592000

That little command will delete all logs older than 30 days.  Which is more than good for me.  I haven’t even read the logs since I set it up.

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