Archive for July, 2010

Happy SysAdmin Day!

July 30th, 2010 Comments off

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LNK Problems

July 26th, 2010 Comments off

The issue recently published with shortcuts has me a little bothered. SANS has raised it’s INFOCON level to yellow (More Here) already and from what I’ve heard in podcasts over the weekend, it sounds like it can be more of a problem that what I read on Microsoft’s site. Microsoft Security Advisory (2286198)

I heard over the weekend in a podcast that this not only can be started with a bad USB device, over a corporate network or by WebDAV, but an also spread by Microsoft Documents, Outlook and favicons in websites. The next big issue that I think of is that I suppose when and if Microsoft comes out with a fix, Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2 will not get it not that we are past it’s support life. I guess this could be getting blown out of proportion but couldn’t this be the next big worm since you don’t necessarily have to click on anything and it doesn’t matter if you have Autorun turned off?

Is it time for folks to move to something like Windows 7 with AppLocker, use a tool like Sophos came out with, or just wait and see what happens?

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A Career in IT Security

July 26th, 2010 Comments off

Looks like all the security pros just get bored after a while.  I think it’s like this in most IT professions.  If you don’t let us geeks have new things to play with, provide us with training to try to keep up with this stuff and let us do our own thing some times, we will get bored.  How much of a pay cut is it worth to stay for training?  I know it would be worth some for good training.  I believe Google has a policy to allow employees to work on something they want to work on 20% of their work time.  I also believe I’ve heard that the 20% is where most of the cool new products some from.  Us geeks are a strange breed!

Security Pros Feel Underpaid, But In Some Cases Would Take A Pay Cut – DarkReading.

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“Millions” Of Home Routers Vulnerable To Web Hack

July 26th, 2010 Comments off

Is your router on the list and of course they couldn’t test them all.  This is an interesting hack and I would think you could do a lot more than hack DNS but I’m no hacker!  I would think that after switching to an internal IP there might be a lot more you could do.

“Millions” Of Home Routers Vulnerable To Web Hack « The Firewall –

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Adobe to Sandbox PDF Reader

July 22nd, 2010 Comments off

It’s about time!  Adobe has been looking worse than Microsoft in the last few months as far as security is concerned.  I have used FoxIt for a long time for normal PDF usage but still use Adobe Reader some.  What do you use for PDF viewing or creation?

Adobe to beef up PDF security with Reader sandboxing – Computerworld.

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Replacing my old WRT54G

July 20th, 2010 2 comments

I have had the same old Linksys router for years and it still seems to work fine but I am looking for a couple of new features.  I have read that some new routers have some kind of parental controls but I don’t see much out there.  I also wanted to try out a feature I’ve seen on some that support adding a USB drive that shows up as network storage.

My main thing I’m wanting to add is a way to block content at the router per device on my network.  I have been using OpenDNS for a while now but you can’t block per device, only all or nothing.  I couple of days ago I bought a Cisco E3000 to try out and it said it had a parental control feature but the only thing good about it that I saw was that you could block the device from getting on the internet during certain times of day but the website blocking had to be entered manually from what I can tell.  I have also thought about installing Linux on a machine to do content filtering but hate to spend the money on a whole new pc setup just for that. I’m currently looking into new firmware to put on my WRT54G. I’ve read about those for years and wanted to play with them but never got around to trying one.

I will be taking the E3000 back tomorrow since besides not being what I wanted for control it also seems drastically slower that my old one or there is a conflict somewhere.  I started up Netflix streaming on my TIVO and I normally have no problems with and it paused every 30 seconds or so to catch up!  Also my iPad couldn’t connect very well for half of the house and I had never had that problem before.

What type of wireless setup do you have in your house and do you have kids to be concerned about to block web content?  Please post comments of your setup or if you have a good idea.  I think I have heard D-Link has some home routers with content filtering but haven’t found out much about them so far.

WRT54G Cisco-Linksys E3000 High-Performance Wireless-N Router: Electronics.

D-Link DIR-655 Extreme N Gigabit Wireless Router

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VirtualBox 3.2.6 Released

July 17th, 2010 Comments off

I’ve used VirtualBox for along time and am glad Oracle decided to keep updating it.  They just released an update.  Head out and check out the fixed and get the latest version.

via Changelog – VirtualBox.

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Blackberry 6

July 15th, 2010 Comments off

Most of this just looks like catch up to the iPhone and Android phones but it’s about time for a big change. I have to stick to Blackberry because of work and security but RIM better do a lot to stay in the game. Check out this clip showing off some of the new Blackberry 6 OS improvements.


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Microsoft gives source code to Russia’s new KGB

July 15th, 2010 Comments off

Somehow this news doesn’t feel too good coming out right around the same time that we catch a number of Russian spys in the US.  I can understand keeping the source code secret but if you are going to give it out, wouldn’t it make more sense to do it in your own country at least first!  Haven’t we had enough problems with China getting in our top networks here?

Microsoft turns over all Win7 and server source code to Russia’s new KGB | ZDNet.

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Swapping to OpenOffice

July 14th, 2010 2 comments

If you had a client that has been using Wordperfect for years and thought it was time to finally find something else, would there be any reason that you can think of to have Microsoft Office instead of OpenOffice if they had never really used either?  (as long as there is nothing elaborate related to macros or anything, it’s just a small office that would use Word and Excel very casually) I can’t think of any reason to spend the money on Microsoft Office if they had never used either.

OpenOffice: The Leading Open-source Office Software Suite.

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