* Posts by g00se

161 posts • joined 26 Oct 2009

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Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

g00se
Windows

Toothless?

ENGLISHMANSDENTIST what, the septic tanks mean that the sploit is not worth paying for?

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Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern

g00se
Unhappy

Multiprocess

I've got FF ESR 45.8.0 on Linux. No sign of any n-process to n-tab stuff (mores the pity). When will it start for me - or have i missed something?

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Scammers hired hundreds of 'staff' to defraud TalkTalk customers

g00se
Joke

Carthago delenda est

Aren't TalkTalk doing a pretty good job of defrauding TalkTalk customers?

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COP BLOCKED: Uber app thwarted arrests of its drivers by fooling police with 'ghost cars'

g00se

And shortly after that, a video surfaced of CEO Travis Kalanick berating an Uber driver who complained about falling fares. ®

Not Travis Bickell? Are you looking at me?

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One IP address, multiple SSL sites? Beating the great IPv4 squeeze

g00se
Linux

Letsbecareful

Letsencrypt certs don't last long, so you'll want to set up a nightly cronjob to make sure certbot looks for any certificates about to expire and renews them. The cronjob command is simply /root/letsencrypt/certbot-auto renew, which in the case of this guide would have to be run as root.

I know nothing of that script/binary yet it's worrying. Am i a reserve soldier in a botnet army just waiting to be called up? It's free, so am i the product? How much do i need to worry?

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Apple's macOS is the safer choice – but not for the reason you think

g00se
Linux

Apple's Mac operating system may be the safer choice

The comparative, since we all know there are only two OSs, right?

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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

g00se

Re: Bah!

There's DRM by definition - it's a streaming client. What they don't like is any saving of that stream

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g00se
Linux

Re: Bah!

Because they know that using a powerful OS might be used to circumvent their DRM?

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David Hockney creates new Sun masthead. Now for The Reg...

g00se
Paris Hilton

Too romantic

Hockney's bottle-end specs must be developing a rose tint. This is more like it:

http://technojeeves.com/tech/sun300.png

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

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Thumb Up

Re: 'Own AV' vs. The Rest

Thanks for that

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g00se

'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

g00se
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

g00se
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

g00se
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

g00se
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

g00se

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

g00se
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

g00se

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

g00se

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

g00se
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

g00se

Re: W^X – write or execute

Oops - i see what they mean - as you were

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g00se
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

g00se

Re: Two words

Well of course the former obviates the latter

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g00se
Linux

Two words

PasswordAuthentication no

(sshd_config)

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

g00se
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

g00se
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

g00se
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

g00se
WTF?

Tribble dung

What? Is that some kind of cling-on?

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US hospitals hacked with ancient exploits

g00se
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

g00se
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]

g00se
Linux

Re: Noticed Flash updates....

... then without Windows!

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g00se
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+

g00se
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

g00se
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

g00se
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

g00se
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

g00se

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

g00se
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

g00se
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

g00se
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

g00se
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

g00se
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

g00se

Re: Bigger fail

You're probably right!

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g00se
WTF?

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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