* Posts by Tom Chiverton 1

1022 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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Hull surfers cut off by router attack

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: Backdoor

"So ZyXel have a backdoor into the routers they have sold? What happens when (not if) the bad guys get a hold of that?"

They just did...

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Re: Too much cheapness

And ISPs that leave the management ports open to the internet...

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Chirp! Let's hear it for data over audio

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FAIL

" a Chirp to a Wi-Fi router to authenticate and join the network. You may not want that to be audible"

The fuck. If the router can hear it, so can my phone !

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: Have they fixed the "no way to disable a SIM" problem in Cyanogen 13?

"Now, when I'm in the US, I have no way to disable the UK SIM. "

Just take it out you lazy sod.

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Researchers tag new brace of bugs in NTP, but they're fixable

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Re: Why not filter by comparison?

Linux's NTP already does that, no ?

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Three LibTIFF bugs found, only two patched

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WTF?

FAX ?!?!

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Joomla! readies patch for core vulnerability so critical it isn't talking

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Yup. It's bad. Anyone can register on any site. And it's probably as an administrator too. Oops.

This could be like that Drupal vuln where if you didn't patch within 7 hours or something you should consider your site owned.

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Orange blows up French govt website in terrorism censorship snafu

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Something must be done. This is something.

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How a chunk of the web disappeared this week: GlobalSign's global HTTPS snafu explained

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What's the point of a wildcard, when you can have as many as you like for free as often as your want ?

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WD gives My Passport spinning rust drives a lick of paint

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But think of the bundled software ! Experience the joy of being part of a giant world wide botnet ...

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Realm – a database you may not have heard of but app devs have – touts cloudy platform

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Sounds like Pouch/Couch ?

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Microsoft preps defence against the dark arts for enterprise customers

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Re: Redmond playing catchup again

Sounds like Qubes OS

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WAN, bam, thank you... oh @£$%. We've gone dead. Drop the burger. RUUUUUN!

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This should have been posted on a Friday ! Much better than the normal ones...

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Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser

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VPN ? Are you *sure* ?

Last time they announced this, it was actually an SSL-stripping HTML man-in-the-middle proxy...

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Dark web drug sellers shutter location-tracking EXIF data from photos

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"Unbeknownst to most,"

Does no one read Little Brother ?

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MoD confirms award of giant frikkin' laser cannon contract

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Re: What goes up...

Thus spraying shrapnel either on the target anyway, or the civilians under the flight path.

Nice.

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NHS health apps project plan: Powered by your medical records

Tom Chiverton 1
WTF?

So how does this work ? Patient data is held on the Spine, or a local PMS, and air gapped from the Internet. So how does an app on my phone get at it ? assuming you even want to get (yours ? your kids ? parents? strangers ?) patient data on line...

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FCC goes over the top again to battle America's cable-box rip-off

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Re: This is going to solve itself eventually

Except (ironically) the 'exclusive' shows on Amazon/Netflix, who were *meant* to be 'all you can eat, whenever you want, from anywhere'.

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

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Re: Only if it works.....

Had the 'no explanation' reboot here. You have to go though some hoops to launch the installer in just the right way so it shows you that acutal error (for me, it meant the anti virus needed uninstalling).

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BlackBerry DTEK 50: How badly do you want a secure Android?

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Swype has supported swipe-to-delete for ages...

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Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

Tom Chiverton 1
Alert

What could go wrong ?

My voice is my passport. Verify me.

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: I wait with interest...

Block SSL HELLO messages than use unknown keys.

Just one way.

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When is a refurbished server not refurbished? Ask this Dell reseller

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What's the UK equivalent then ?

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Are you an Olympian of software, a titan of tech? Prove it in our coding competition

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Re: One-file rule

not a text file though.

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Kremlin wants to shoot the Messenger, and WhatsApp to boot

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Alert

And of course it could never happen here, under the IP Bill plans. Right ?

Now might be a good idea to put your concerns to a Lord :

https://www.writetothem.com/lords

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: Hang on a second

" (though it may not run unless it contains a binary)."

Or a script

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Microsoft, Google cosy up in the Skia lodge: 2D lib added to build tools

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WTF?

"enabling developers to target iOS, Android and Mac using shared code"

So Windows Phone *is* dead ?

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Bing web searches may reveal you have cancer (so, er, don't use Bing?)

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FAIL

" they could get an accurate diagnosis between 6 and 32 per cent of the time"

I'll stick with tossing a coin.

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Letters prove GCHQ bends laws to spy at will. So what's the point of privacy safeguards?

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If this has got your gander up, and you can get yourself to Manchester, why not come along to this neatly timed event :

http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/231414773/

Or join ORG directly so we can work together to fix this shit.

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BBC's micro:bit retail shipments near

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Re: It's rubbish

Not sure Arduino has the ecosystem, like graphical programing, that Bit has

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: Workaround

Well, yes, obviously, because DRM can't work on a platform that allows arbitrary binaries to run as root/administrator.

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

Tom Chiverton 1

"Why does it need to fallback to HTTP?"

Because the attacker does not have the private keys for the real google.com SSL certificates, and your browser doesn't have the attackers private keys for their fake google.com certificate.

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I thought most popular sites were handing out HSTS headers, so browsers will refuse to connect over plain text ?

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Symantec antivirus bug allows utter exploitation of memory

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: Bah!

Hack the planet !

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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systemd is many things, but a bootloader ain't one

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FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

Tom Chiverton 1
Meh

Re: This is all good, but ...

" you can't stop people using strong encryption; you can't legislate to ensure that vendors compromise cryptosystems"

The IPBill in the UK does exactly this. Might want to https://www.openrightsgroup.org/join/

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Blighty ranks 38th in World Press Freedom Index

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*China* is ahead

FFS

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iOS 'date bug' can be exploited over Wi-Fi using NTP

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: client should never accept a time that's wildly different

"How will DNS help? NTP is not part of DNS."

No one enters NTP address as raw IPs...

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USB-C adds authentication protocol

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Th adapters for the Xperia side charging connector are cheap enough to scatter them around your life:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01700P9BM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

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Faces ?

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Re: meh

"However, the only things that make me annoyed in Linux is the lack of a fully working WINE "

It's called VirtualBox.

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Re: How is this different?

"you can download Ubuntu binaries directly and run them. "

that doesn't make any thing clear. you're saying they've ported dpkg and all it's dependencies, plus a chuck of the GNU utils ?

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BMW complies with GPL by handing over i3 car code

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Re: 950 MB

According to the file tree on github, it has tcpdump installed. On a car. WTF.

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Govt: Citizens, we know you want 10Mbps. This is the last broadband scheme for that

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"enshrine citizens' right to to request a 10Mps service from providers."

So it's totally worthless then ? "Right to request" is not the same thing as a USO like having a phone line.

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Ofcom wants to crack down on pisspoor BT Openreach biz lines

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: The whole thing is a crock of s**t for everyone

"What's the £200 for? FTTC is self-service now."

call out fee. refunded if it's BT fault.

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Polite, helpful? Stop it at once in the name of security

Tom Chiverton 1

TalkTalk

I'm fairly sure nothing happened to TalkTalk. Some bad press for a time, no real consequences.

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FBI channels Kafka with new rules on slurping Americans' private data

Tom Chiverton 1

"because such things must be kept secret for security"

No, they really mustn't. This sounds like tacit agreement from El Reg disappointedly.

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A typo stopped hackers siphoning nearly $1bn out of Bangladesh

Tom Chiverton 1

Re: And yet nobody. . .

How so ? They probably bribed or threatened someone in the Bangladesh government, rather than in SWIFT.

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"this can have a devastating impact on any company "

Or, indeed, country.

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Google emits Android N developer preview early to smoke out bugs

Tom Chiverton 1

" For one-off notifications like a text message, Android N will now support a direct, in-window reply option, just like with the Wear operating system"

Umm. Signal already does this. On Android 4.

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