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         Alun Jones (Security MVP Reconnect) writes about security, cryptography, SSL, PKI, and pretty much anything else that bothers him enough.

Archive for June, 2006

June 28, 2006

How’s that for a deadline?

Filed under: General Security @ 11:41 pm

“The Bush Administration is giving federal civilian agencies just 45 days to comply with new recommendations for laptop encryption and two-factor authentication.” – http://www.securityfocus.com/brief/239 45 days. Man, I hope they’ve already started, because 45 days to analyse the field, pick a vendor, test proof of concept, agree on licences, buy the software, deploy a pilot, train […]

June 26, 2006

I wish Larry hadn’t written that…

Filed under: FTP,Programmer Hubris @ 10:52 pm

Oh, Larry, Larry, Larry… Articles 1 and 2 were great – really necessary reading to a lot of would-be network programmers. But article 3… where to start with the corrections? I’m not going to. It’s an article you shouldn’t read, because you’re not going to use the right terms for the right things, and when you […]

BluRay – a bad name for high-definition?

Filed under: Bad Names @ 10:39 am

My attention was drawn to a graphic this morning that seemed to read “BLURRY” Turns out, it’s just a slightly out-of-focus and small picture of a logo for “Blu-Ray”, one of two competing standards for high definition DVDs. Seems like a bad idea to make its logo so easily misreadable as something that is the antithesis […]

June 21, 2006

Kurzweil’s DRM killer

Filed under: DRM,General Security,Programmer Hubris @ 9:10 am

Okay, so it's really a device for allowing blind people to read signs, menus, receipts, etc, without having to drag the print to a scanner. But consider that this will effectively scan and read any print that is visible anywhere, and you realise that this device is a handy little DRM beater. Mind you, so […]

June 16, 2006

Neat little RunAs one-liners – ADHERE and ADFILE

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 10:12 am

ADHERE.BAT Short for “Admin Here”, I’ve been enjoying this little one-line batch script: @runas /u:%1 “cmd /k cd /d %cd%” What’s it do? First, it’s important to note that it takes a parameter, the username that you want to run as. It’ll open up a new CMD window – a command prompt window – in […]

First Scoble, now Gates…

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 8:10 am

Clearly, Bill Gates took Scoble’s departure hard. I’m now taking bets as to whether this makes the stock go up or down.

June 15, 2006

Prosopagnosia – why face-based password schemes won’t work for all.

Filed under: Biometrics,General Security @ 8:39 am

I’m frequently here blogging about biometrics and accessibility – too many biometric methods get confused when you don’t have the credential.  Aniridia means you don’t have an iris, a lack of thumbs (congenital or accident-induced) means you don’t have a thumbprint. Here’s another biometric that’s going to cause problems, and I may have blogged about […]

June 13, 2006

Zero-day sessions at Tech-Ed.

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 8:32 am

Okay, so I’m really talking about the TechEd keynotes here, not sessions on zero-day attacks.  The keynotes were on the day before the first day, hence “zero day”. While I didn’t recognise the actress that they dragged out to impress us, because I never watched “24”, she was far nicer eye-candy than the MS execs, […]

June 12, 2006

Few people in my TechEd group

Filed under: TechEd @ 10:30 am

I’m a little disappointed to see that the Tech-Ed group I created, “Ex-Initech Employees“, has only three members so far. I’m sure that there are many people here who have, at one time or another, worked for Initech, the company featured in the movie “Office Space”. It may not have been called Initech while you […]

June 11, 2006

Tech-Ed fan clubs.

Filed under: TechEd @ 5:30 pm

Steve Riley and Jesper Johannson each have fan clubs at the Tech-Ed communications page.  I’d link, but you have to have a TechEd registration to see it.  Steve’s fan club has 10 members, Jesper’s has 7 – but we actually count Steve at 9, because he has joined his own fan club. Those of us who know […]

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