* Posts by g00se

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

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Re: 'Own AV' vs. The Rest

Thanks for that

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'Own AV' vs. The Rest

The August updates brought in a series of operating system security improvements including boosts to Windows Defender and use of AppContainer, designed to raise the difficulty of having zero day exploits execute on patched systems.

Does this affect the current ranking of Defender versus other offerings? And just how good is sticking with Windows own anyway? (Genuine question)

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Brilliant phishing attack probes sent mail, sends fake attachments

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WTF?

Hide extensions for known file types

The new attack uses the file names of sent attachments and applies that name into new attachments that appear to be PDFs but are actually images that, when clicked, send victims to phishing pages.

Could this by any chance rely on the default (!) Explorer setting that is named in my title? If so, the fooled 'technical users' can't be that technical that they would want extensions hidden, quite apart from their using Windows in the first place ...

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Windows PC spy nasty dormant for three years, mutates and resurfaces

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Stop

Pleonasm

"Windows PC spy nasty"

FTFY

Windows 10 has rendered spyware stories obsolete much in the same way that the end of the Cold War has rendered spy books obsolete.

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Networks in 2016: A full fibre diet for UK.gov

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Headmaster

Floral direction

he says the plans are really just "guiding the lily."

In that case, though i applaud the sentiment, he needs to be slapped: it's "gilding the lily". Or does Kit Hall need a slap?

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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

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FAIL

'Open Source'

They think Java is free - because it’s open source so you can use it.

Really? Ever tried to get hold of all the source of the native calls into (say) Windows? i.e. the interesting stuff.

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Top tech company's IP was looted by China, so it plans to hack back

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Costs of cracking

The thinking was that if China, or whoever hacked the company, could see an easier route to profit than espionage, why would they not pursue it?

Maybe because they are potentially going to get everything by cracking rather than a small subset of what you want them see when you sell it to them? Anyway, 'easier' isn't important. What is important is 'cheaper' and if that's what you really do mean, how do you know it's cheaper?

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Reg meets 'Lokihardt', quite possibly the world's best hacker

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WTF?

... plus, i thought that exploitation began after patching had been done, so why are patches coming into the exploits at all?

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

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Re: Cyanogen OS

I spoke to them recently and brought up the issue of Cyanogen's doubtful future

They: "We have no news on this issue and our phone are not going to be affected as far as i'm aware"

Rooting their phones?

They: "i would certainly would advise against it as we don't support it"

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Let's praise Surface, not bury it

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You can do plenty of "content creation" on a Samsung Galaxy phone

But how many DO i wonder? Time will tell whether productivity (ok so not much Nobel prize winning content maybe) has dropped as a result of personal computers being superseded by devices centred around consumption? You consume Friendface and the like, and 'they' consume you(r data)

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Dynamic IP addresses are your personal property, CJEU rules

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WTF?

SQL

However in reality, that would be “practically impossible” because connecting a dynamic IP address to the ISP’s subscriber information means a “disproportionate effort in terms of time, cost and man-power, so that the risk of identification appears in reality to be insignificant.”

Really? The ISP is pretty easily identifiable by IP address and then it's a phone call to ask someone to run a database query. Unless they're doing it wrong ..

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OpenBSD 6.0 lands

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Re: W^X – write or execute

Oops - i see what they mean - as you were

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Stop

W^X – write or execute

If you want to get symbolic about things, should that be W|X ?

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Blackhat wannabes proffer probably bogus Linux scamsomware

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Re: Two words

Well of course the former obviates the latter

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Linux

Two words

PasswordAuthentication no

(sshd_config)

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John Ellenby, British inventor of the first laptop, powers off

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Happy

Re: Aliens

The Grid's power consumption was eating way too much budget?

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Speaking in Tech: Open Source fixes a Microsoft engineering problem

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Linux

Open Source fixes a Microsoft engineering problem

Yes - it fixed a big one for me - i no longer need to use Windows (getting worse by the day)

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Tech support scammers mess with hacker's mother, so he retaliated with ransomware

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WTF?

Extension

And not forgetting that the best of all OSs still hides "known file extensions" by default so the scammer would have just seen it as a png

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

g00se
Linux

The problem ...

is not that the police is running an outdated version of Windows but the that the police is running Windows

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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WTF?

Tribble dung

What? Is that some kind of cling-on?

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US hospitals hacked with ancient exploits

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WTF?

Surprised?

I must be missing something obvious, since i can't see why you'd use a toy sieve of an OS for mission-critical work in the first place ..?

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Swede who spent 28 years vacuuming in the nude to be evicted

g00se
IT Angle

OCD != LCD

As title

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Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

g00se
Linux

and why one needs flash to access audio content on BBC

DRM?

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Workers rejoice! Marx’s vision will become reality, argues SAP veep

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FAIL

Wrong

What Marx probably would have said is that the current proliferation of service industries is merely an indication of the weakness of capitalism in the areas in which they emerge and that they are simply processing value created elsewhere.

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It's [insert month] of 2016, and your Windows PC can still be owned by [insert document type]

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Linux

Re: Noticed Flash updates....

... then without Windows!

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Linux

Re: Firewall and different programs

>>One way to make IE and Edge safer is to disable their internet access<<

(McEnroe voice) You cannot be serious?? If you aren't, then that's quite amusing.

Utterly preposterous that their 'new' browser can suffer these kinds of vulns.

I've had the misfortune to touch about 4 Win 10 boxes and i think in every case Edge seemed to be fundamentally broken.

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

g00se
Linux

Icon

Don't you mean http://technojeeves.com/tech/freebsd_logo.png ?

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One entire US spook base: Yours for $1m+

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Pint

Trumped

Ideal for a defeated Trump to retire to with his family to escape the imaginary Mexican threat. He can afford it - or so he says...

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Unicode serves up bacon emoji

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Facepalm

Well done

That's just the ticket - juxtaposition of Arabic/Quranic marks and bacon. Clickbait? Or a bid to be the next Salman Rushdie? ;)

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Systemd kills Deb processes

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Linux

Why user processes should persist after logout?

There are probably innumerable reasons. My own use case: play an audio file and close the laptop machine down at a time of my choice. In the meantime, i do NOT want or need to be logged in.

I don't expect some asshat to ignore my nohup and at commands and treat my like some moron

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g00se
WTF?

Get me Hennimore!

Since a capable Linux user would treat this as normal behaviour – why sit there watching a screen when there's nothing happening, it's unwelcome.

I must have read this a dozen times. And it still doesn't make a blind bit of sense ,,,

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FOURTH bank hit by SWIFT hackers

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WTF?

Vectors?

What i can't understand is, in these malware tales, why the malware vectors are almost never identified. Maybe someone can explain?

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Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming

g00se
Linux

TIC

He is said to travel to the UK to install Oracle databases at hotels and restaurants.

Presumably they'll take this offence into consideration too ...

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HP Inc-eption: Our new 3D printers print themselves, says CEO

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Re: "Fifty per cent of the bill of materials of our 3D printers are printed by our 3D printers"

You got my upvote because you're right but they can probably count on only a minuscule number of their targets to know that, so they'll brag anyway.

Personally, if i didn't feel i was being bilked by the likes of HP or if i didn't require a degree in statistical analysis to figure out how to get value for money ( if indeed that's possible ), i'd do a lot more printing instead of avoiding it like the proverbial.

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Being an IT trainer is like performing the bullet-catching trick

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WTF?

Re: "Captain Haddock cosplay contest at a Geography teachers’ convention"

I'm more worried than unamused - i think it's time Dabbsy went to see someone

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SEC warns cybersecurity is biggest threat to financial system

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WTF?

Sorry??

SEC warns cybersecurity is biggest threat to financial system

How does that work? Isn't that like saying safety is the biggest threat?

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Devs claim charger uses 'photosynthesis' power battery charger

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Pint

Urosynthesis

Energy harvested from bacteria alone isn't enough to provide a decent charge. In 2013, a team of scientists from Bristol Robotics Laboratory managed to produce a meagre 2.5mW – much lower than the 5W output of a typical phone charger – from urine-powered bacteria.

Why not combine the two approaches then? I often find I piss in the plant pots after a big night out so finding my spare phone charged in the morning would help to alleviate the hangover.

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Linux

Original?

It is "basically real-time translation of Linux syscalls into Windows OS syscalls"

There should be a name for that. How about ENIW? Geddit?

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We tested the latest pre-flight build of Windows 10 Mobile. It's buggy but promising

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Stop

Collateral damage or cannon fodder?

Windows phone owners today are "collateral users" – they just happen to be standing in the path of a major platform update.

Windows owners today ...

FTFY

And if you don't think you're standing in that path - yes you enterprise Win 7 users for instance - how sure are you that you won't see Win 10 the next time you look?

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Hardcoded god-mode code found in RSA 2016 badge-scanning app

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Re: Bigger fail

You're probably right!

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Bigger fail

The password found within the app's code allowed the hackers to access the app’s settings. From there they tapped into the phone's system settings ...

Worse than leaving a hard-coded password in the app, why on earth should breaking in to application-level code be able to lead on to (what should be) OS-level access?

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NSA boss reveals top 3 security nightmares that keep him awake at night

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Headmaster

Is that American Dad?

Hint: None of them are Apple

None of them IS Apple

FTFY

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You're a cybercrime kingpin. You need a new evil lackey. How much do you tell them?

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Coat

We're not actually evil

You're a cybercrime kingpin. You need a new evil lackey. How much do you tell them?

Err .. "we're called Google"?

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Stop

Cheap at the price

fuel consumption of around "250 mpg (equivalent)

Not bad! So a journey of 250 miles is going to cost me about £3.79 (a litre of petrol being roughly £1 at value stations) then?

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Your anger is our energy, says Microsoft as it fixes Surface

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WTF?

Your call is important to us

feedback from our customers is really important to the team and to me personally. I read the blogs, I read the comments, I read social media ...

Pity they don't react to the reception of the spyware control-freak platform that's Windows 10

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Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

g00se
Headmaster

Firemen != mass noun

The year before, the same hospital saw no less than eight firemen...

You mean "no fewer"

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Microsoft hits the gas in drive to recruit autistic techies

g00se
Linux

What about management?

OTOH, they're looking for people high on the sociopathic spectrum for management. Qualities sought include:

a. no empathy with customers or regard for their best interests and wishes

b. a complete lack of conscience/remorse

c. ability to view humans as merely potential profit centres and datamines

...

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Go phish your own staff: Dev builds open-source fool-testing tool

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Devil

Recursive phishing

So, as these become more popular will we see management getting fake anti-phishing (i.e. phishing) links?

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Random ideas sought to improve cryptography

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Headmaster

Re: Reliable way to check the output

Things like stenography can be detected when comparing to original source (if available else where) etc.

You mean, say, by traces of nail polish from a secretary?

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Pay up, Lincolnshire, or your data gets it. Systems still down after ransomware hits

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WTF?

Sisyphean

Our office currently gets about 50 emails a day which are not picked up by the a/v at the ISP, the different a/v on the gateway nor the a/v on the desktop. Many of these look like ...

All very commendable, not to say heroic. So why exactly are you still using Windows?

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