* Posts by lansalot

456 posts • joined 23 Mar 2007

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Ooo shiny! First Visual Studio 2019 sneak peek here in time for Chrimbo

lansalot

wot?

Still no Powershell GUI dev?

VirusTotal slips on biz suit, says Google's daddy will help the search for nasties

lansalot

Re: so..

So you're saying Google would be unable to make this particular use case free?

Interesting technical viewpoint...

lansalot

so..

Why don't all browsers run the checksum for whatever they just downloaded past VT before committing the save? Aware you can get various extensions and such, but even so.. it seems like such a minor thing to add.

Firefox hooks up with HaveIBeenPwned for account pwnage probe

lansalot

handy..

But here's a crazy idea - all browser manufacturers, why not integrate with VirusTotal as well?

You're downloading the file, calculate the checksum as you're doing so, and at the end - submit it to VirusTotal to see if it's in their database. Present warnings accordingly.

Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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citrix and scvmm

Brought up a new SCVMM server and pushed the updated client out to a few VMs. No issues, no reboot needed. So pushed it out to 3 hosts, each hosting 7 citrix xenapp VMs (so approx 200 users were being served).

The hosts didn't take too kindly to the new client, and promptly blue-screened. However, as the estate wasn't at its most stable at the time, users were conditioned to logging back on again when citrix disappeared. Not a single call came in. So I kept quiet, until now...

Biggest vuln bombshell in forever and storage industry still umms and errs over patches

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aye..

Dell/EMC still very silent on the impact to their ScaleIO product, I notice.. where customer code will definitely be running on VMs etc. The joys of HyperConvergence, eh

Storage slingers say: Don't sweat Spectre, Meltdown SANitation

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well thanks, Dell..

Been waiting for last couple weeks now as to a statement for potential impact for EMCs ScaleIO product, which you resell.

Being HyperConverged, in that the VMs and storage are all on the same boxes, we're expecting a significant performance hit.

Frenchman comes eye to eye with horror toilet python

lansalot

ah ha!

"And I could very well have been bitten in a sensitive place, if you know what I mean."

AYE, HE MEANS HIS COCK!

#intentionalPartridge

BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

lansalot

ooh...

That's some nice changes to protecting me from dodgy callers. Of course, my phone has never been plugged in, but thanks loads for charging me for something that probably doesn't work and I don't need.

Time to shop around I think !

Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

lansalot

so..

Not worth persisting with to protect your actual-data then, just because one thing got blocked?

lansalot

Yay!

That sounds like a great tool for home users to protect themselves!

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/client-management/mdm/policy-csp-defender#defender-controlledfolderaccessallowedapplications

Ah wait - not available in Windows 10 Home edition??

Equifax backtracks arbitrate-don't-litigate plan for punters

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Dear Equifax hackers?

Could you find out if I have PPI, and submit a claim for me automatically? Thanks!

Printer blown to bits by compressed air

lansalot

a long time ago...

well, 1984-ish.. in my metalwork class at school, they had a poster on the wall. It was pretty to-the-point.

TWO WAYS TO BLOW YOUR BRAINS OUT

A picture of a fired gun against a head, with brains ejecting out the other side

A picture of a compressor and its hose against a head, with brains ejecting out the other side

You could say the message worked, as I remember it clearly over 30 years later.

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

lansalot
Mushroom

even worse...

The worst one is far and away the "windows updates have finished installing, want to reboot now?" that flashes up as you're busy typing... and that space bar you just rattled gives the OK button a press.

Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

lansalot

profitting from hate?

You read the Daily Mail and such lately? You'd be as well starting with them, at least their content is produced by them, purposely and wilfully.

Become a blockchain-secured space farmer with your hard drive

lansalot

oops

https://virustotal.com/en/file/035c780a1ece816e9adc4dee06f8484751346a7f70d9ae6d7f627cce27bdfb3f/analysis/

I'd like to hope these are heuristically derived false-positives...

IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick

lansalot

seriously??

you tossed the whole drive?

Back to school for you !

Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

lansalot

Re: nice!

Well, John... after a good week now, they appear to have tailed off at 1.85m versus 300,000.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions?state=open

So my comparison stands. Feeling uneasy, are you?

lansalot

nice!

I'm actually quite cheered by this - 1.6 million versus 100,000.

Sometimes, it feels as though the Trumpeteers are in roughly equal numbers, so if this is indicative then perhaps things aren't as bad as I'd thought.

Had to laugh at Britain First's saluting him as a patriot. Cowardice at its finest.

Hacker: I made 160,000 printers spew out ASCII art around the world

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Alert

hmmm

LPR exposed to the internet (check!), but he also had to invoke his mysterious zero-days, and firmware updates?

Why bother, when LPR is so easy to do?

Trump fan Peter Thiel 'considering' CA Terminator role*

lansalot

ah, why not give him a shot... Seeing as Trump is going all out on filling the swamp, instead of draining it, he'd fit right in.

Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

lansalot
Mushroom

simple

Build a (fire)wall - and make the hackers pay for it!

Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

lansalot

even worse..

My friend asked me to look at her dad's PC and dropped it off. He'd left a DVD in the drive, which duly spun into action with lesbian porn.

Opening a beer, I decided to take a well deserved break from my IT investigations. As the can reached my lips, performer #1 crouched above #2 and let loose.... well... a #2.

Beer down, computer off, knocked on door, "sorry, nothing I can do with this one!"

Mirai IoT botnet blamed for 'smashing Liberia off the internet'

lansalot

Krebs says not:

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/11/did-the-mirai-botnet-really-take-liberia-offline/

Appointments on hold as (computer) virus wreaks havoc with NHS trust systems

lansalot

A free hip, says it's ransomware...

Researchers expose Mirai vuln that could be used to hack back against botnet

lansalot

Fine, you don't advocate hacking back.

Now, it only takes *one* of you to deviate from that, and put a stop to these miscreants. I wouldn't lose much sleep over it in this instance, if it were done properly.

Fujitsu seeks PC exit, finds willing buyer in Lenovo

lansalot

Re: Do people really buy them

Not desktops - but their laptops are actually pretty awesome.

DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

lansalot

Dear whitehats

Please change all the passwords on those insecure devices to something random.

Thx

Everyone-else

Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

lansalot

Morning, Microsoft !

Funny you should ask about the whole "trust us" thing.

I've come in to work this morning to find 175 servers out of ~600 that are refusing to install Endpoint Protection AV updates. No known cause as of yet.

I'll keep working on it, but thanks for reminding me we can totally trust you not to screw things up.

When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

lansalot

Wouldn't cause a problem if they use Deep Freeze...

VESK coughs up £18k in ransomware attack

lansalot

Unsafe computing practices, plus people with too much access = customers affected.

Nice work indeed...

Still, at least the ransomers know who to target in the future!

Half! a! billion! Yahoo! email! accounts! raided! by! 'state! hackers!'

lansalot

I was surprised to find I had a Yahoo account - it looks like it went over when I registered for flickr years ago.

Logged in to find an inbox that was full of nothing but incredibly-obvious spam. So their spam filters suck for sure. Oh, and the page design... it was like a teenagers Myspace page.. :(

Malware figures out it's running on VMs and refuses to execute

lansalot

Re: ummm

Most-Recently-Used, most likely...

There's a lot of MRU lists populated in your typical windows installation - recent word, excel, publisher documents. Recent jpegs opened, recent folders visited, network locations browsed, internet history etc. Lots of places that a "real" machine will populate with evidence of actual work.

I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

lansalot

"You're only supposed to lock the bloooody dooors off!!!"

Microsoft snubs alert over Exchange hole

lansalot

Re: it only takes only four lines of code and a local config file

Bother because you can potentially grab credentials that will get you to other parts of the infrastructure you don't already have access to.

UK Labour man Owen Smith: If you wanna be a leader, you gotta stop with that lens

lansalot

oh..

"Clearly no harm was done"?

How do you know?

Samsung's million-IOPS, 6.4TB, 51Gb/s SSD is ... well, quite something

lansalot

*cough* how much? *cough*

Hitler ‘ransomware’ offers to sell you back access to your files – but just deletes them

lansalot

That doesn't work well when the people this most typically affects (home users) are local admins on their own machine, and the first thing the malware does is turn of versioning and deleting any existing snapshots...

Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

lansalot

Re: Ahh yess

Probably just as well they removed Classic Shell then...

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/audacity-and-classic-shell-download-server-hacked-by-pegglecrew-/

You think Donald Trump is insecure? Check out his online store

lansalot

PAH!

How dare you take credit for this, El-Reg...????

Don't you know - he ALONE CAN SOLVE!

Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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"Up, Periscope!" ??

15-year-old security hole HTTPoxy returns to menace websites – it has a name, logo too

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I see SNORT signatures, but has anyone come up with an easy way to scan/test for this? (SNORT being reactive of course, I'd rather know in advance..)

nmap, nessus, some funky python script etc?

NVMe SSDs tormented for months in some kind of sick review game

lansalot

Re: Use a benchmark or compile a large project

May be worth trying diskspd as well?

http://www.happysysadm.com/2016/06/measuring-iops-part-2-diskspd.html

I did see an article recently about some kit that could stress disks magnificently, but can't find it now...

lansalot

Re: cratered during file copy?

Ignore the "how were you copying" - screenshots (that I couldn't see too well on mobile) clearly show Windows Explorer.

That's buffered IO and it absolutely WILL bring a server to its knees. Next time, watch the memory tab go through the roof and when it approaches maximum, that's when your server starts dying. If you're using Windows Explorer for benchmarking to copy files, then you're doing it wrong - the amount of memory in your server is taking up the slack and your results are therefore invalid.

Next time, use "xcopy /j".

lansalot

cratered during file copy?

How were you copying, because if it wasn't unbuffered then no wonder it died...

When Capita job ads go BAD

lansalot

Re: Hertfordshite?!?

Ah.. I saw what you did !!

Firefox 48 beta brings 'largest change ever' thanks to 'Electrolysis'

lansalot

On the "many tabs open" thing, (and aware this is an FF post), on Chrome I use "The Great Suspender" extension which puts idle tabs to sleep. Works great in terms of keeping the resources low.

Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

lansalot

Branchcache and WSUS - should solve most of his issues.

TeamViewer: So sorry we blamed you after your PC was hacked

lansalot

Big idea...

How about an automated email is sent to me whenever someone logs in to my account?

Costs nothing, low overhead, instant notification. Thankyouverymuch.

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