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Comment Re:Now isn't that special (Score 1) 216

It appears at least a few people have had luck with using it on Windows here, but the results certainly appear mixed and no official clients are offered.
I've not touched a Windows server since the days of 2k (and never ran SSL on it), so... I can't really provide much useful assistance I'm afraid.

Comment Re:Now isn't that special (Score 1) 216

Free certificates can now be gotten via Its still in public beta, but functional. For help on the how to set up encryption, LetsEncrypt's client can take care of few web servers, but for more specific instructions you would need to disclose what web server software your using.

Submission + - Android Banking Malware SlemBunk Part Of Well-Organized Campaign (

itwbennett writes: Researchers from FireEye first documented the SlemBunk Android Trojan that targets mobile banking users in December. Once installed, it starts monitoring the processes running on the device and when it detects that a mobile banking app is launched, it displays a fake user interface on top of it to trick users into inputting their credentials. The Trojan can spoof the user interfaces of apps from at least 31 banks from across the world and two mobile payment service providers. The attack is more complicated than it appears at first glance, because the APK (Android application package) that users first download does not contain any malicious functionality, making it hard for antivirus apps and even Android's built-in app scanner to detect it.

Comment Javascript (Score 2) 523

The criteria are all about what the ad looks like... I care more about if its attempting to get around cookie destruction, doing browser history digging, accepting obfuscated JS from malvertisers, etc. It does say it doesn't allow Flash/Shockwave/etc, which is better then nothing, but not really good enough... I'm going to stick with NoScript (and not running adblock).

Comment Re:Certificate warnings (Score 2) 92

If a site sends a strict transport security header (e.g. "Strict-Transport-Security: max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains"), it will cause a browser to store that and refuse to allow an override if the certificate verification fails (and also changes plain http attempts to https). So for sites that do have certificates and wish to have enforcement of that there is a good option for that (though doesn't help for the first request, that is unlikely to have anything interesting in it).

Comment Re:Pinky swear? (Score 2) 98

They don't need to take an oath given what I read from the document. It doesn't really say anything, uses lots of weasel words such as "legitimate business purposes". Additionally they allow sharing of covered information to protect the "safety, property, and rights" of Participating Members (themselves), which I see as allowing them to come up with some reason to share whatever they want.

Comment Re:How does it work without a clock? (Score 5, Informative) 49

I have a Yubikey that I use for encrypting my password stores (using the private id as one of several components passed to a pbkdf). It detects replays by verifying that every token has a larger counter then all prior used tokens (and the timer depending on the application).
A Yubikey token looks like 'ficrtvulktgnerhddigbhcudufurijghfcckvchhjfli' and is a modhex (16 chars picked for being the same across charsets) and contains the following:
1) A public ID to identify the key
2) AES128 encrypted 128 bits containing the following:
a. Secret ID
b. Insertion counter (how many times its been plugged into a computer)
c. Token counter (within one insertion)
d. Timestamp (A counter counting the time since the token was inserted into the computer)
e. Random number
f. Checksum of the above
Their website has full specifications and documentation.

Comment Re:Self signed-certificate?? (Score 1) 141

That depends on the use case. Take for example a printer which is using TLS to encrypt documents sent to it and scans from it to the computer. In the case of a single self-signed CA its just snake oil as far as security as anyone could take the self-signed certificate from the FW image and MiTM the connection.
If, instead, the printer created a random self-signed certificate on first boot and the printer driver asks the user on a certificate change 'printer xyz appears to have changed its fingerprint, did you perform a factory reset?' (and on new printer add just save the certificate from the new printer on first use).
The above change would change the snake oil to some meaningful level of security (not 100%, but most likely the first setup isn't going to be MiTM'ed). Additionally if TLS isn't using forward-secrecy then a certificate shared across all devices allows anyone to decrypt logged traffic to/from any of these devices by extracting the key from the manufacturer provided fw image rather then having to hack it out of the physical device itself.

Comment Re:Expensive? (Score 1) 285

The digital versions of textbooks that I've thus far seen are anything but free, unless the district got a special deal on the digital text book versions for the iPad's that make them less expensive. Without having said numbers (that I'm sure are under multiple NDA's) speculation on the overall price is difficult.
Looking at the Google Play textbook store (because its easy to look at and ebook prices seem the same across sources in my experience) they are between $40-$50 each, and then couldn't be transferred between devices (e.g. students) if they are given rather then loaned the iPad (article uses the term 'given'); again could be changed with a special contract.

Comment Re:Passwords are bad (Score 1) 280

Not the OP, but I'd like to see passwords replaced with SSL client certificates. The GUI for them in most modern browsers is horrific and the error messages shown when something goes wrong even worse; but both issues could be fixed.
If additional verification of identity is required then a password would be much safer behind a certificate (as an attacker trying passwords would need the users certificate and could easily be rate limited by account).

Comment Re:IPv6 (Score 1) 104

These are embedded devices so they would need to be on a firewalled off network (presumably allowing access from the byod wifi to allow control from selected smartphones) anyway to keep them from being internet-hackable, as they aren't likely going to get patches for security and protection from disgruntled employees who have the lights ips/keys already.
That being the case, there is little reason to use public IP's for them at all (since the entire range would have to be completely firewalled off, so using fe* or 10.* IP's doesn't really matter all that much and allows for somewhat easier auditing of the security situation.

Comment Re:Well, this sounds brilliant... (Score 1) 104

The use I can think of is the ability of office workers to change the color (presuming these are similar to their Hue bulbs) and brightness of the lights over their cubes (as they could use their smartphones to identify said lights and connect to them without going through some central system) or in their offices rather then being stuck under florescent lights or with the same color/brightness for everyone that the office management decided on using.
Not a really great use, but its better then no use. I'd expect most offices would nix the idea of having assorted light colors throughout the cube farm as being unclean and disable the feature, leaving no use for all but some of the offices.

Comment Re: Someone put gum in the outlets. (Score 2) 119

Liquids aren't hard to defend against, all it has are two wires with +5 volts and ground and a resistor across another two lines to tell the device its a dumb charging terminal (that doesn't need to be asked to draw more power). Some simple epoxy around the wires and a current limiter (common in just about every usb setup anyway) will take care of conductive liquids (by preventing them from doing damage to the electronics with the limit until the liquid drains out of the port).
Chewing gum stuffed into the USB port is likely the most common and hardest to solve problem there. I presume they would have designed the contacts to be resistant to chemicals that dissolve gum to allow cleaning, but still not going to be pretty.
Other then that, its a big metal box, assuming the solar panel is covered in suitably tough plexiglass I don't see too much in the way of likely damage (but I'm not a vandal, who likely have more experience in how to cause problems that aren't easy to fix).

Comment Re:But ugly as hell (Score 3, Interesting) 119

It looks suspiciously like the smaller armrests placed in the middle of benches in order to prevent the homeless from being able to sleep on the benches, rather then just a poor design decision; but I don't really know what the thought process behind the decision was. I agree with you, a poor design that is also ugly.

Comment Re:suspend GPS? (Score 2) 522

They are talking about the GPS ground stations that monitors the GPS signals (and is programed with its exact position and altitude) and determine what corrections, if any, need to be made to the GPS signals (so that what it knows to be its correct position is the same as what its GPS receiver is telling it)
Russia wants similar ground stations set up in the US for their GLONASS system, which I think is fair (and good for users of navigation systems, if not for the US military which would like to be able to turn off Russia's navigation systems).

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