Changing Work Patterns

I find myself in the ranks of the unemployed or is that really the under-employed? Well as unemployed as you can be when you run a small consulting business and only installed 10 routers this week.


Seriously, I just finished a 12 month contract with the defence department and need something to get my teeth into. I have decided to concentrate on short term contracts. I find myself enjoying the prospect of doing varied jobs, being flexible and saying no to work I don’t like.


Having spent most of the 80′s in full time employment I started contracting in the 90′s. In 2000 I took a full time position. A year ago I decided to jump back into contracting. Having done this I find I really don’t want to go back to the 9-5 lifestyle.


I am thinking I should do a little more self promotion. I have seen it work for so many others over the last few years. As an Australian, I suffer from that inate inability to blow my own horn. We become embarrassed when extolling our virtues. I need to overcome this, in our modern globalised economy if your not out there, your nowhere.


Now I need to go and think about what to do next.


 

Microsoft AntiSpyware to remove Sony Rootkit

Microsoft‘s security tools will be updated to detect the controversial Sony BMG copy protection software installed on PCs when some audio CDs are played, the software giant said over the weekend.
http://blogs.technet.com/antimalware/archive/2005/11/12/414299.aspx

It seems that the patch to remove the rootkit contains a new security vulnerabilty. http://hack.fi/~muzzy/sony-drm/

And if you think this isn’t a widespread issue take a look at the figures on DoxPara

Sony’s Web-based unistaller opens a big security hole

Sony BMG suspends copy-protection software

In an embarassing turn around, Sony has suspended the root kit it has been installing by stealth onto PC’s.


November 11, 2005 - Sony BMG, which faces a number of lawsuits in the US related to the use of the software, acknowledged for the first time that it could render PC users vulnerable to attack.


November 8, 2005 – This Service Pack removes the cloaking technology component that has been recently discussed in a number of articles published regarding the XCP Technology used on SONY BMG content protected CDs. This component is not malicious and does not compromise security. However to alleviate any concerns that users may have about the program posing potential security vulnerabilities, this update has been released to enable users to remove this component from their computers.


So on Nov 8 it didn’t affect seciruty but on Nov 11 it does. Come on Sony, stop the bullshit.


Blind Freddy could see it was a security vulnerability fromn the day the app was coded.


Do you love money so much you are willing to lie to your customers. Seems like it.


They have also given removal to AV vendors so they can kill the attack vector.


http://news.ft.com/cms/s/018223e4-52f0-11da-8d05-0000779e2340.html

Security Vulnerabilites in Flash Player

Microsoft has issued an advisory http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/910550.mspx


Affects

Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2

Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition

Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE), and Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (ME)

Malware using EULA to block detection

Spotted this at ZDNet http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-5944208.html


RetroCoder, makers of Spymon are threatening legal action against Sunbelt Software.


The British company wants Sunbelt, maker of CounterSpy, to stop flagging its SpyMon software as spyware.


RetroCoder charges that Sunbelt has violated the terms of the copyright agreement contained in its software, which specifically excludes anti-spyware research. The full EULA 


Yeah I laughed my ass off too. If this ever held up in court, hell would freeze over.


So this software may have legitimate uses, but it can be used for illegal purposes. Sounds like P2P sharing! So why isn’t anyone going after these guys? Oh there is no money in it!


Check out the Spymon website. Is it just me or is this site bad?


 

Sony Rootkit

Saw this about a week ago. Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far by Mark Russinovich


I was appalled by Sony including a rootkit on some of it’s music CD’s. This is going to far. They are out of control.


Is our only purpose in existing to make money? It seems many worship at this alter. Wake up.


There is a lot of anger about this. Just do a little searching on hate + sony
I found loads of sites like this http://sonysux.blogspot.com/


It looks like Sony might have some PR work to do!