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Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released


As the Heartbleed fallout continues, the good news is that code to protect against similar such attacks has been released. The bad news is that exploit code is also available.

Let's start with the latter, released by a chap who took up Cloudlare's challenge to coders in the hope someone, somewhere, would be able to use Heartbleed to extract a private SSL key from an undefended server it erected.

As we noted over the weekend, the challenge was met. The code for the 7th-fastest “solution” to the challenge is now available here.

The author apologises for the inelegance of the Python code he spent a day working on. Cloudflare says the winner took just nine hours to crack the server and run off with the SSL certificate.

more at link above

Bidiya Oman 108 F world's highest for April 13


Otter browser 0.4.01 (Opera 12 clone using Qt5)


So far, so good, using it to post this thread. No flames, no smoke, no zombie invasion...yet

Tropical Cyclone Ita still ravaging Australia


What was the first computer you ever used (not owned) ?

The thread on owning computers got me thinking of this. Mine was probably an IBM mainframe in 1978 that used punch cards. Didn't they all use punch cards back then ? Or did some mainframes just take data by typing it in ?

President Obama: "When women succeed, America succeeds."

During World War II, Kay Morrison worked as a journeyman welder on the assembly line at Kaiser Shipyard #2. She earned the same wage as the man working the graveyard shift alongside her. Today, on average, full-time working women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Share this if you agree it's time for equal pay for women.


Heartbleed's engineer: It was an 'accident'


The Heartbleed bug has rocked the security industry and web services in the past few days. However, the programmer responsible for the oversight says that it was an accident that the flaw was introduced in the first place.

Heartbleed is an encryption flaw which affects OpenSSL's 1.0.1 and the 1.0.2-beta release, 1.01 which is used widely across the web and in a number of popular web services. The flaw can theoretically be used to view apparently-secure communication across HTTPS, usually denoted by a small closed padlock in a browser's address bar.

The data potentially at risk includes everything from passwords and encryption keys to financial details and personal identifiable information -- allowing a hacker to dip in, swipe data, and leave no trace of their existence.

Commenting on the discovery, Bruce Schneier wrote on his security blog Schneier on Security:

more at link above

Tropical Cyclone Ita near northeast Australia


Why would Bitdefender make a registry key so hard to remove ?


I tried out Bitdefender when I was worried recently about malware. It did its job ok, but I saw no need to keep it installed all the time. So, I uninstalled it using Revo Uninstaller which normally does a perfect job at uninstalling everything. Some things it will not detect, so you have to use the Windows uninstall tool or just use the provided uninstall tool that comes with your chosen software.

I thought I was done with Bitdefender. Damn thing kept showing up in my Services panel and it would not let me just disable it. I used regedit to try to find and delete all traces of Bitdefender, since every trace of it was gone from my hard drive. It would not let me delete it.

Finally, I rebooted into Safe Mode, ran regedit again, and deleted the freaking registry key. GONE. The weird thing is, EVERY FREAKING BIT OF BITDEFENDER WAS OFF MY HARD DRIVE, so the registry key was useless. I don't get it. Just annoyed the piss out of me. I understand making antivirus somewhat immune to malware attempts to disable it, but this was just plain ridiculous. Next time, I'll try running regedit in Administrator mode from the system32 folder.

DU flashback: Bush* dodging the shoe !


Hope this made you smile

No, I do NOT think the shoe incident with HRC was funny !
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