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Comment: Re:Wow, this *IS* old... (Score 1) 171

by Bert64 (#49468243) Attached to: Windows Remains Vulnerable To Serious 18-Year-Old SMB Security Flaw

Requiring a firewall is another poor design decision... You should be able to turn all these services off, but windows makes it extremely difficult to disable the default listening services and the recommendation is to hide them behind a firewall... If the system still runs with the services hidden so that noone can connect to them, then why exactly do they need to be listening at all?

Comment: Re:Wow, this *IS* old... (Score 1) 171

by Bert64 (#49468229) Attached to: Windows Remains Vulnerable To Serious 18-Year-Old SMB Security Flaw

The problem is poor design and inertia... It's not like a simple bug which can be fixed without changing how the software works, there are many design flaws in the protocol itself and fixing them would require incompatible changes. If you're going to drop current windows versions and go to an incompatible system, might as well go straight to linux.

Comment: Re:used devastatingly already (Score 1) 171

by Bert64 (#49468219) Attached to: Windows Remains Vulnerable To Serious 18-Year-Old SMB Security Flaw

With a VPN login, you can start looking for hosts on the internal network to attack... Chances are on a network of any significant size there will be at least one box which is vulnerable to something, either unpatched vulnerability or weak password.
If you look at an internet facing network, there are generally few exploitable things visible because exposure to the internet ensures that all the low hanging fruit has already been picked, but on an internal network there is all manner of easy stuff. Once you have one machine, you can easily spread from there including using attacks like those described in the article.

Comment: Re:Keyword: *SOFTWARE* (Score 4, Informative) 85

The POWER architecture has been around longer than X64, the vast majority of linux software comes with source code and compiles fine on power (and arm, mips and anything else) so it doesn't matter what the underlying processor is. A lot of the software that doesn't come with source these days is java based, which will run just fine on power too.

Except for a small number of fairly niche apps, most linux based server loads will work fine on a power system.

Comment: Re:PIRATES or pirates? (Score 1) 284

by Bert64 (#49209969) Attached to: UK Gov't Asks: Is 10 Years In Jail the Answer To Online Pirates?

Not so much that its "cool" to share stuff...
Most of the kids share stuff because that's the only way to get hold of it. We used to trade games (on floppies) as kids because we couldn't afford to buy all the games and lending the originals to friends was irritating (floppies get corrupted/lost, etc).
Also cracked copies were often better, as they took out various irritating copy protection schemes, there were many games where i kept both the original disks and a cracked copy because i preferred to play the cracked copy.

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