Re: Dear William Hague
He is a politician, probably both.
2932 posts • joined 15 Mar 2007
He is a politician, probably both.
But not on w2k or XP, so I don't feel bad about keeping all my legacy Windows software going for ever more on that.
Security? Well, they ain't on the Internet or used for web/email access...
What, you mean to say administering a *NIX system over an SSH command terminal is new?
Or maybe using ssh -X to allow running an X-windows program’s GUI on your local machine tunnelled over a secured link is also "recent"?
I was pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago when I tried attaching a USB to RS232 converter to my laptop and all I had to do to make my serial code work we tell it to open /dev/ttyUSB0 instead of /dev/ttyS0. My decade-old code is hard coded for ttyS0 or S1, so I created a symbolic link of that name to the USB device as a temporary work-around until I fix that in a more elegant way. I believe it was using the FTDI chip, but don't know who made the overall converter, and laptop is running Ubuntu 14.04
Back to Andrew's article: sure Windows 10 has a poor reputation but its not just the user interface. That may not be great, but as others have pointed out, its the creepy nature of the telemetry and forced updates that really make me advise against it to anyone who will listen. A shame really as lower down the Windows kernel, etc, has useful improvements.
For Windows-only software that I need (e.g. some CAD stuff) I used VMs and don't have to worry about the "hardware" changing and Windows complaining of activation, etc.
Indeed, can you imagine the first court case when a suitably clued-up litigant gets the judge's approval for a full and public audit of the banks systems. You know, including those banks still on XP and IE6 because they have internal stuff that demands it?
And the same for Government offices who request you pay on-line to them, will they want to be held to the same standard of public auditing?
You can be damn sure the banks have considered the cost of liability and the cost of mitigating it (and loss of business if folk just stop using on-line payments, etc) and have come to the conclusion the current arrangement is the least-worst option.
It is also very difficult to assess. Did they find out something useful and apply it, or pay for a "mechanical Turk" to do the work they just submitted?
And as others have pointed out, without a basic grasp of roughly what to expect the solution to be, how can you filter the 99.9% of crap found by Google and sanity-check the data in/out the produced it?
Use a POP client like Thunderbird, they don't seem to have problems with passwords for that. It also allows a "unified folders" view which is handy when your
spam messages come from several accounts.
Odd thing is, they only do the for the webmail interface. I have a yahoo account for spammy stuff and access it via POP, no problems with changing geographic log-ins, etc, for years now.
Same password as the web interface. Same security problems of a password being stolen or brute-forced. Go figure...
Lets face it, most of said SMB equipment would be a strong and resilient as a wet paper bag if you expose the network to world+dog, samba patch or not.
I'm guessing this is more of a risk in small businesses if a malicious actor can get a machine attached (or p0wn one via email, etc). Nobody should have a network share visiable to world+dog and big organisations/companies will have network switches set up to reject unknown machines being attached internally. I hope?
CCTV, APRN, etc. Do you think anyone going to blow themselves up cares about detection *after* the event?
As you seem to have not noticed, the blew up the airport *outside* of the security checks where folk were waiting. How far back do you want those checks? Its turtles all the way down...
Pro tip - if it has wheels is probably not a horse.
I think (but may be wrong) that stars normal fusion process can create atoms up to iron, above that and fusion is not generating energy so the star's fusion engine stalls and collapses. That final supernova burst is what powers the creation of heavier atoms (and, of course, releases all of the stuff above hydrogen/helium that we need to exist out in to space so eventually planets form, life arises, porn is created, etc...).
"The problem here is that an attacker's site can also use SSL/TLS, and if it's a user (who clicks on a phishing link, for example)"
I'm guessing most businesses only really deal with a modest number of sites with ligitimate reason from the corporate LAN (as opposed to the separate guest/coffee break wifi, which of course they have on a separate network). So they could have a system where access to a site has to be requested first by the user (with various checks) to add it to the white-list. That way most phishing links would fail and most malware C&C would be blocked.
Unless the users was really, really dumb of course and determined to access some random site.
I agree with you on the point that rail upgrades all bring major benefits, but I'm unconvinced that £50bn on the HS2 is the best way to spend that pot of money on the UK's rail infrastructure.
It simply has to be, as the penguins has missed out on that nautical fun for too long.
Can someone explain how they can have "US$2.2billion of revenue" and be losing money?
To my simple view that would pay for a hell of a lot of serves/bandwidth and a decent number of staff to look after it. So where did the money all go?
"they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future"
To me this suggests WhatsApp is going to start
shit advert-slinging soon.
Otherwise what do they need to add? It already does chat and photos/video sending, plus group support to help arrange parties, etc. It is all I want in an IM app and I really don't want any other "features" to track me or serve up
"Find one of the inevitable vulnerabilities and extort money from either the vendor or the vendor's clients."
Maybe the FBI chose to investigate them because they did not find one of the inevitable vulnerabilities, but still chose to pressure for paid services?
How many laptops and, indeed, desktops still ship with a DVD drive?
Also will Widows just bork half way through the installation if it discovered it can't switch from BIOS/UEFI loading from the disk to native hardware access because it lacks some driver support?
Fuzzing tools - throw all sorts of sh*t at the program until it breaks then take a look at what the breakage reveals.
Lets face it MS should have spent the last 15+ years fixing the damned thing (and not supporting main stream languages like Arabic and Hebrew is a bug to me, not a "feature request"). What did they do? Piss around with the the ribbon, and generally make most versions shittier than before.
Only recently I found that equations pasted from Windows version of Word to Powerpoint won't work on Mac Powerpoint. And MS fans bitch about LibreOffice not being "compatible", etc?
A pox on them all! May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their groins!
I found I got a better sound out of the drill, but that is just be. not so much "musically challenged" as musically defeated.
Given the privacy implications of ISPs storing domain names, and some servers front many domains so you usually can't get away with the IP number alone, what about having two layers?
The first is a certificate, etc, for the numeric IP address so you know the URL will be secured, and the second is the same sort of thing for the URL to authenticate that the domain name matches. That way all a snooping ISP can see is the numeric request, such as 188.8.131.52, and nothing more personal such as www.theregister.co.uk
Assuming El Reg gets round to security at some point...
"That's partly because embedded hardware designers have no clue whatsoever about programming languages."
I don't think so. It seems to be down to (usually) having only one choice of tool, that blessed by the FPGA supplier, and they have little incentive to do any better. I really hope you are right and programmable hardware accelerators become popular enough to have multiple vendors competing to supply the tools, but I double it will come soon.
As someone else pointed out, for things like software-defined radio where you need lots of small integer-like operations performed essentially in parallel to process the signal as it is shifted in frequency and sample-rate. Those steps can be implemented in dedicated chips, but there are only few of them off the shelf and often not quite what you wanted. So being able to push the "simple but massively parallel" tasks to FPGA and keep the "complex but slow" stuff on the CPU makes sense.
Except that programming tools for FPGAs suck donkey balls big-time. Really, you think that developing for C is a pain, just try VHDL with tools that lack any sort of usable context-sensitive help for the vast number of uber-pedantic problems you will encounter. And weep....
...the Russians have a point. Almost exactly the same point as the past MS anti-trust investigators found with the bundling of IE and similar on Windows to leverage the near-monopoly that MS had with OEM deals for Windows at a "competitive price" on the hardware.
Of course the US investigation folded before anything useful was done (you know, like breaking MS in to separate OS & apps companies to compete openly, a la MySQL now...) and the EU took ages to pick that up and it was all to little and too late.
Will Russia have enough clout to force Android licensing and app compatibility to be free of Google's slurping? OK Yandex slurping maybe not be much better, but choice is kind of a good thing.
"ask yourself whether you'd break down the door of your secure data store to rescue the guy inside in the event of a fire"
Depends, did you set the fire?
Or maybe some laptops with better displays for other than DVD watching, you know like Google pixel, etc?
But more, much more than that, you can have a screen that is better that "HD", or the sub-HD pish the push for most laptops under £500 or so, and more like the resolution a good CRTs could manage around y2k
Oh let me guess - because it involves real property and real money?
Or because your bank is not going to post/share your details pretty much publicly with stalkers, ex's, and friends-of-friends you would not wish to ever meet again?
The UK tried "evidence based policy" on the risks of drugs in society but found it did not tell them what they wanted (or more accurately, what the tabloid papers were pushing). Dr David Nutt was in charge and knows his stuff (you know, life time of research, etc), but that counted for nothing ultimately:
The original complaint was if you searched for a given person's name, the page it found was for some sort old page showing court action of many years previously. Why can't google deal with this personal privacy by using an algorithm that simply limits the time of a search if it is a personal name, and no other details (e.g. the name of the court, etc)?
That way if you are looking for a specific case, you still find it, but if you are simply trawling (or trolling) for dirt on someone then old sins are quietly forgotten.
No, its not exactly binary. True, if you make software vulnerable then suddenly everyone's phone and tablet can be accessed, probably remotely, and with very low cost or discoverability. That will open the doors to more abuse of such powers in exactly the same way the NSA, GCHQ, etc, decide that spying on all of us "just in case" was OK.
What if the key could be accessed by physical forensics, e.g. by grinding the top off a chip and using an electron microscope to read it out? Bingo! The law can access the phone if it is important enough but the time and cost, along with the need to basically destroy the phone physically, means it can't be massively abused in the way a permanent backdoor (key escrow) or software bypass (as the FBI are currently requesting) can be.
And if the Linux admin's password or SSH key is leaked?
This problem is not OS-specific, though most victims so far have been Windows users. The solution is, equally, not an OS choice (even if it helps the odds) but having some arrangement that when the admin's key is leaked it is not enough to trash everything.
This means probably multiple keys for different areas of a system, but more importantly (in my humble view) that you have something else, something physical or fundamental to a bit of hardware design, that prevents trashing of all backups along with the primary data.
Having different roles/accounts for backing-up separate "root/admin" is a start. But you have to start with the assumption that someone has got complete control of the victim machines and so can undo any permissions on those machines.
Trey Gowdy is probably right, but for all the wrong reasons.
The problem I see with the FBI's request, and indeed most of the debate, is about the ability to bypass encryption with software. Quick, easy, and something that can probably be used remotely as well (if it can be a forced "upgrade" with Apple's signature) on any phone they can get an IP address for. That opens a floodgate of possible abuse not just by the FBI but every police and intelligence agency world-wide.
But what if they only way was a physical forensics approach? So you have to de-solder the encryption chip, grind off its packaging, and use an electron microscope to read out the key? That is analogous to an autopsy and the removal of bullets for evidence. It is not quick or cheap, and certainly not possible remotely. That would bring some parity in the argument where safes, bank deposit boxes, etc, are being compared to encrypted contents.
"Or they could literally be sending probes to every system and take a local
gander red-neck behind the bushes with some lube."
Fixed it for you...
All 3 points come down to one basically: We, as people, have accepted piss-poor security in so many computer applications for years, but now we have put important stuff within an electronic arm's reach of world+dog to have a go if they feel like it.
The current arguments about cryptography for law enforcement, etc, is a stupid distraction flamed by clueless politicians and civil servants and distracts from the above. We have found ways of catching and prosecuting criminals when they talked in person and did not write stuff down for many many years, so while it might be nice to get phone contents, it should not be necessary.
Sadly we need to start making a big deal about businesses and gov departments that expose important stuff (from personnel/medical records, through to infrastructure like power and gas) to the world, and/or collect sensitive stuff they don't really need. Make damn sure that those in charge can face personal prosecution if they fail to manage the process, fail to have a system in place to check and fix things, and fail to get outside support to check its good enough.
Actually most *nix systems allow any character in directories or file names except '/' (the directory separator) and the NUL 0x00 used for C end-of-string.
It is the command shell like bash, etc, that treats ':' and '*' and so on as special, and also it is the shell that treats a space as a command delimiter as well, unless you quote or escape-sequence the name. E.g. this wont work
cd my directory
As it treats 'my' and 'directory' as separate inputs, but these do work:
cd "my directory"
cd my\ directory
Since they tell the command shell to treat the space as part of a single string passed to the 'cd' command. Windows has similar problems with command-line use, it is just that few people use it or write scripts for it to complain as much.
Stupid enough to want your software to run on W2K - XP - Vista (cough) - Win7 - etc rather than the latest privacy slurping version only?
And not finding your latest API is pulled from below you if MS decides to change again (how is that Silverlight project going)?
MS has a lot of stupid past decisions to support, and practically the only real argument for choosing Windows has been compatibility with the vast range of so-called legacy software, so sad though it may be, this is still important work. Of course, MS could just open-source the legacy path code so we can see for sure and save this reverse engineering trouble and uncertainty...
You seem to forget this is 14 years from now. 14 years ago 1Gbit was a dream for most, and now all PC motherboards come with GBit ports, and a lot of home routers are Gbit.
Oh yes, sorry forgot about laptops even with £1k price tags with no Ethernet and relying on WiFi that struggles to get 10Mbit on a good day in a built-up area...
Maybe, but most business see taking sane precautions as an unnecessary expense. Until they get well and truly shafted, that is, and then it was "a bad boy did it and ran away!"
No last minute reprieve there then!
They might be able to disarm the warhead in flight, or possibly change the target coordinates even. That would make a big difference to the outcome...
So why do they keep telling us that reliable communication systems are essential?
Its almost like they are dependent on vast server farms somewhere, and don't quite want to say so...
computer-aided driving will depend on "upgraded communication systems that provide higher performance levels in terms of latency, throughput and reliability of the network"
Really? So what will said self-driving car do when it ventures on to one of the many rural areas that is lucky to get GPRS on a good day? Or if, say, there is another GPS blip that takes out comms networks?
Self-driving cars need to be able to deal with other vehicles that are not on the network, due to faults or them still being driven by meat bags, so reliance on communications of any sort is a really dumb idea.
Unless you have more *recent* news?
Just like we should believe that WhatsApp is not backdoored by the NSA?
Chose your messaging system based on (a) how public the code / analysis / review is, or more likely (b) on who is most likely to be interested in screwing you over for personal reasons.
You have identified two problems with the example:
1) The comments / "documentation" is misleading, that is not what it is testing!
2) The code is a convoluted way of trying to express what (I believe) is being tested.
Better would be something an is_data_null() test to see if pointer is null or empty or 'blank' string, then to return if alpha fails this "null" test but omega passes it.
"In order to comply with this order, Apple need to build software to work on a particular IMEI and S/N of this phone"
Fixed it for you.
Next week its a new IMEI and S/N, week after a few dozen more... Come Xmas holidays Apple are being told by the courts to avoid excess costs and just do a tool for to gov that handles every confiscated phone in the USA. Meanwhile in Russia and China they are lining up for the same service...
No! It was Miss Scarlet, in the basement, with a strapon...
From your link about the Reeperbahn:
"The hottest clubs on the Reeperbahn and Hamburger Berg open, with Irish pubs and Hans-Albers-Platz packed full of live music."
Really, no one goes to German pubs in Germany?