Wiring

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

I’ve got a home project to run more network cable here lately and found techtoolsupply to be an interesting resource for network and other cabling supplies. I don’t recall who I ordered from last time, it’s been several years (and those big spools of cable last for years unless you do a LOT of cabling.) [...]

Virtualbox virtualization open source availability

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

This last week virtualbox announced that they have released a version of their virtualization software as open source. There is a pay version as well with more features. (*read on for features available in the full version.) While I appreciate them making the core virtualization open source and currently they are likely the most advanced [...]

Skype and linux audio issues

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

One of the things I didn’t mention in my first skype post was the “getting skype to work with linux” bit… The version available via urpmi in Mandrake was 1.2, so I installed it (before I had the usb audio phone) and gave a try. It gave consistent errors trying to access the audio device [...]

MS06-040 update

Monday, August 14th, 2006

MS06-040 is one of last weeks Windows updates and is the one that was probably the biggest target for “wormable” activity. There’s a good deal of news from over the weekend with regards to this. First: Snort signatures, the MS06-040 exploit was spotted actively “in the wild”, and of course, our perennial friends in the [...]

Wireless war rocketing?

Monday, August 7th, 2006

There were several articles about a new “wardriving” technique that was talked about at Defcon (this topic and a bit more Defcon coverage here). In fact, this takes the driving out of the mix and involves launching a rocket. Essentially rockets were equiped with access points and launched to get a 6000+ foot view (for [...]

Wget user agent avoidance

Friday, August 4th, 2006

I use wget a LOT. Many times in working with a website I’ve got a ssh console opened to the site and if there’s a plugin that I’d like to download it doesn’t make sense to download and then upload, I want to just download it directly from xyz.com webserver to the website where it [...]

Cross browser javascript vulnerability

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

It sounds like this vulnerability would take a great deal of user interaction, but cio-today is reporting on a browser vulnerability that affects pretty much every javascript enabled browser. According to Symantec …. “This issue is triggered by utilizing JavaScript ‘OnKeyDown’ events to capture and duplicate keystrokes from users,” and is a way that the [...]

Bad malware storms brewing

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

ADTMAG.com has an interesting article talking of the convergance of spyware and more sophisticated phishing attacks. They talk about the convergance of viruses and spam engines that happened in 2003 as a real shift in the dynamic of WHERE junk mail was coming from. Today botnets account for about 90% of the spam online, and [...]

Speaking of botnets….

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

I seem to be getting the second flood of trackback spam attempts on the day. LOT’s of ip addresses, from all corners of the globe – most seem to be casino-related trackback spam. I guess botnets are being used for comment spam? It sure looks like a “100 pcs for an hour to do your [...]

Adding swap space to a running linux system

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

There are acouple situations where my systems memory needs have exceeded the supply. The most likely cases are running virtual machines and building cd/dvd images. Those things realistically take LOT’s of memory. I have a swap partition – I don’t recall the size right off. I have about 512 MB on the desktop and probably [...]

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