Is something up with

Monday, December 11th, 2006

I’ve noticed several times in the last week a server of mine that is using postfix has rejected messages due to a failure in the lookup at At first, I thought this was just a false positive in the database at ordb… but this morning I finally “caught it” while it was happening and [...]

Being cautious on the web…

Monday, August 14th, 2006 is reporting on the defacement of a security related web site ( They say they usually decline to comment on those because the attention is what the defacers thrive on. However, it does pay to keep your browser updated and antivirus current. What’s more…. Several days ago there was the news that the President [...]

Exploits a plenty – IE / Excel (Firefox?)

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

There are a number of vulnerabilities that are currently unpatched, but have working publicly known exploits for Excel (*2) and Internet Explorer (2 vulnerabilities here as well.) Proof of Concept code has been released for both the Excel and Internet Explorer vulnerabilities. This means, with the code publicly available, it won’t be long before it’s [...]

Real VNC 4.1.1 vulnerability – Remote Access without password

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

This is one worth checking out anybody using vnc for remote administration. It looks as though intelliadmin has come across a vulnerability in Real VNC 4 (the slashdot post I saw suggested “any machine running VNC 4.1″) I haven’t tested yet, so I don’t know if this ONLY affects REALVNC’s implementation or is broader. They [...]

Manual Trackbacks

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Sometime over the last 2 or 3 days trackback pings stopped working for me. I didn’t notice until today. I think the hexblog may have been the first one to choke the queue, but I’ve spent the evening going back and sending trackbacks manually. There’s a manual pinger at which is tedious for a [...]

Dell recalling 35,000 notebook batteries

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Ouch, Dell is recalling 35,000 notebook batteries that were shipped between October 5rd and 13th of this year. They were made in China or Japan and “pose a risk of fire.” There is a web-site setup by Dell on the issue… here. They also suggest “Batteries subject to recall should not be used while awaiting [...]


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