Worldnic DNS server outage teaches lesson…

Monday, November 28th, 2005 has a post on a DNS server outage for Worldnic. Which effects a number of Network Solutions customers. Apparently they’re aware of the problem and are working on a fix. It doesn’t affect EVERY Network Solutions customer, there are some specifics… To clarify the impact to the casual reader: Not all customers of Network […]

Malicious .biz site and browser vulnerabilities

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

This from as well… A user visited a webpage and got redirected to hxxp:// (tt changed to xx to protect anyone from getting there…)    Send article as PDF   

Sony DRM Rootkit — it’s worse

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

I did this as updates to an earlier post, but it probably deserves it’s own post now. The morning brought us the news of SERIOUS flaws in the Uninstaller ActiveX control for Sony’s DRM, then came news of ANOTHER flaw, this one a privilige escalation “attacker can take control of PC” vulnerability in the DRM […]

Sony discs to be recalled

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

It looks as though the uninstaller as claimed last night, does have more serious implications than the original rootkit, in Sony’s continuing DRM nightmare. Basically, the uninstaller will allow any web page to run arbitrary code and or remotely control your pc. Which is sort of the holy grail of remote exploits. The ActiveX control […]

Pay per click hijacking

Monday, August 8th, 2005

Interesting article at on pay per click hijacking, which is really an extension on old DNS poisoning attacks. Essentially the DNS poisoning attack works like this…    Send article as PDF   

Mandrake or Mandriva linux server setup how to

Monday, August 8th, 2005

A good how to has been posted at, giving some instructions for setting up Mandrake (now Mandriva) 10.2 into a web/email serving platform. (As well as MySQL and FTP, DNS, and a few others.)    Send article as PDF   

Linux in city government

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

Newforge has a good article about the city of Kenosha Wisconsin and their experience to linux. They started their “test” about 10 years ago starting with a DNS server and or a mailserver. They’ve moved now to a complete server/thin-client setup. They initially saved $100,000 a year with Linux, now that number is higher from […]

Migrating Web Applications from Explorer to Mozilla

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

One of my pet peeves is web sites that work with only one web browser. (Usually Internet Explorer) and break, sometimes badly with anything else. Recently I ran into this problem at a registrar. When I tried changing DNS data things did not work under Firefox and I had to visit the page with Explorer. […]

Busy Evening

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

I’ve got all traces of the old cms system off of the server now. (Well there might be a README here or there, but all php scripts from the old CMS are now gone.) At this point I can disclose a bit about the sudden move.    Send article as PDF