“Peggy” from “Computer Support Department” just won’t give up. He called me again at about 8 PM this evening. This time, I played along. I had a thrift-store junker PC for him to infect with his malware. The only problem was, the hard drive wasn’t connected and neither was the power cord. So I quickly [...]
Need to improve your security skills? Need a refresher course to brush up on some skills you haven’t used in a while? Or are you just looking for some CPEs or CEUs to keep your certification valid? The United States Department of Defense offers a great deal of security training, much of which is freely [...]
Secunia released its annual vulnerability review, a study of the 50 most vulnerable pieces of software in 2012. It was a fairly tight-three way race at the top, and the distance between #3 and #4 was huge. I was actually surprised at who the top three were. They weren’t the three usual suspects. But in [...]
Longtime reader/commenter Joseph asked two questions yesterday: What’s the boundary between gray and black-hat hacking, and is it moral to pick and choose between moral and immoral laws? The first question is easier than the second. So I’ll tackle that one first.
I’ve been seeing the same question over and over in my search logs lately: Is Java safe to run in 2013? Generally speaking, the answer is no. I have little choice but to run Java right now, though. I’m studying for a certification exam, and the best quiz program that I know of is written [...]
Windows XP users, and those running something older than IE9 on newer versions of Windows need to apply this fix immediately.
Microsoft is sniveling that mobile web sites are written with Webkit browsers in mind, because Webkit has 90% market share on tablets and phones. For those who are over 30, the irony is nauseating.
I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard an unsubstantiated statement like “Windows firewall is junk.” I went looking, and the best I could find was this, an editorial that said it doesn’t do enough to address outbound connections, particularly on a program-by-program basis. OK, point taken. But “enough” is a moving [...]
So the server version of Windows 8 is losing the GUI. And some people aren’t happy about it. Let’s talk about upside.
I’m way too tired to do the kind of Patch Tuesday writeup I did last month, so I’ll just remind you, and hope that suffices. This month we have vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Silverlight, and .NET, some of which can cause remote code execution, which is a holy grail for spreading malware. So apply [...]