Archive for June, 2006

Phishing – so many flaws to exploit so little time

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

In the last week there was a well documented writeup of a cross site scripting vulnerability which had allowed a phisher to pose as a paypal login with THE LEGIT PAYPAL SSL CERTIFICATE…. Brian Krebs at the Security Fix has some details on some of the new and interesting ways phishers are trying to exploit [...]

NTFS cloning

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Sometimes drives just go bad. Surprise. One recent fresh install of Windows XP had started having real stability problems. On running a chkdsk and looking at the event viewer, it was fairly clear that 16KB of bad sectors and the disk problems had likely been the problem (lots of disk and atapi errors in the [...]

Microsoft security roundup

Monday, June 26th, 2006

OK – there have been a number of Excel problems floating around in the last week – week and a half. Securiteam blog has a FAQ on the Excel 0-day vulnerabilities with Excel and Excel Viewer Incidents.org kindly gives us a scoresheet documenting the three different vulnerabilities that have been recently exploited. I have not [...]

VM Player vmx builder

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Of course, I’ve spent some time with posts on VMware player (free download to “play” existing vmware images). And more recently on the VMware server which is also a free download but can create images as well. If you’re not in a position to try the VMWare server, you might be interested in this website [...]

Playing catchup..

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Last week our Church held annual Vacation Bible School and I am just now catching up on some of the items I’ve been intending to post over that period, so…. today will likely be a fairly active posting day as I clear out some of these tabs I’ve opened over the last week. In many [...]

chkconfig for ubuntu or other debian based linux systems

Monday, June 26th, 2006

As I’ve mentioned I’ve got an ubuntu based test system. Most of my linux experience has been from a red-hat derivitive-based background and for that, at the command line, you have chkconfig which is a good tool for checking the configuration of services to run at startup. It is a red-hat derivitive thing… However, I [...]

Google roundup…. 55 ways to have fun, ipv6 and schoolkids Social Security Numbers….

Monday, June 26th, 2006

There are a few Google related stories of the last few days to catch up. 1)55 Ways to have fun with Google is an e-book available for purchase on Amazon or Lulu.com, but it’s also avaiable as a free pdf download. (And it’s licensed so you can mix it up/etc…) It’s certainly not as deep [...]

French competitor to Google Maps

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Sometime last week, the news story of a French competitor to Google Maps called Geoportail.fr caught my attention and I took a look at the page. It caught my eye because the initial article boasted 20 inch resolution in some areas (???) But, as of today, all I’ve been able to get is an error [...]

Ubuntu-server 6.06 LTS plus vmware server and other vmware server notes

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

What follows are some notes taken on vmware server. Most are related to an install on ubuntu-server (NO GUI INSTALLED)…. the main point of this is to have the host system take as FEW resources away from the guests as possible. This requires a few x libraries – but not full blown X gui.    [...]

Windows Vista Beta notes…

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

What follows are some notes that I’ve taken on the Vista beta that I installed into a VM. I’ve got a lot of toying around yet to do with it (and at least one Internet Explorer bug I want to mention.) But… I’ll go ahead and post this. [warning - rambling and long text...] A [...]

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