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Comment: Re:Security implications? (Score 3, Interesting) 111

by Teppic_52 (#22943566) Attached to: NXP RFID Cracked
It's actually written into the Mifare standard that the range of card reads is below a certain value (~100mm from memory).
Obviously the design of the reader itself is mostly responsible for the read range, however this does mean that there are no long range readers in circulation ATM, unlike the old 128KHz cards.
This type of card does require active comms with the reader (has a 2 way authentication mechanism) and will be much harder for engineers to produce long range readers as the card itself was never designed for it.

For the record, this particular standard has been regarded as out of date, and not too secure, for some time now within the physical electronic security industry. It has also been wrongly applied in most cases where the cards serial number is used as a credential, instead of storing access control data in your own application area with your own crypto keys, though this is mostly redundant now in the wake of this news...
Microsoft

+ - Samba aquires licence to MS Server protocols

Submitted by MCSEBear
MCSEBear (907831) writes "Reuters is reporting that Microsoft signed a rare deal with an open source software group on Thursday, taking a step towards meeting sanctions imposed by the European Commission for antitrust violations.

"The agreement allows us to keep Samba up to date with recent changes in Microsoft Windows, and also helps other Free Software projects that need to interoperate with Windows," said Andrew Tridgell, creator of Samba.

"We are pleased that the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation has chosen to take a (license) ... which will provide Samba with access to our specifications for the Windows protocols...," Microsoft said in a statement.

Not yet known is the number of chairs Microsoft's CEO threw about his office in celebration. ;o)"
Security

+ - OpenOffice Virus Found in Use->

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eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "Remember the 'SB/Badbunny-A' virus that wasn't in the wild yet? Well, according to Symantec, it is and it's not caring what platform you're running. The respective behaviors of the designated worm in the wild: "On Windows systems, it drops a file called drop.bad which is moved to the system.ini in the user's mIRC folder, while executing the Javascript virus badbunny.js that replicates to other files in the folder. On Apple Mac systems, the worm drops one of two Ruby script viruses in files called badbunny.rb and badbunnya.rb. On Linux systems, the worm drops both badbunny.py as an XChat script and badbunny.pl as a Perl virus.""
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Censorship

+ - Church of England Chastises Sony->

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eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "The game "Resistance: Fall of Man" has been called sick & sacreligious by the Church of England due to a point in the game in which rival gunmen kill hundreds inside Manchester cathedral. The Church of England said that Sony did not ask for permission to use the cathedral in their game and demanded an apology. The bishop of Manchester is quoted as saying, "It is well known that Manchester has a gun crime problem. For a global manufacturer to recreate one of our great cathedrals with photorealistic quality and then encourage people to have gunbattles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible." A representative for Sony said a formal letter of apology will be sent Monday."
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Television

+ - Fans Convice CBS to Bring Jericho Back.->

Submitted by had3l
had3l (814482) writes "After receiving a lifetime supply of nuts from fans, CBS finally decided to revive Jericho. However, they did so under one condition: "We want them to watch on Wednesday at 8 o'clock,", "And we need them to recruit new viewers who are going to watch the broadcast.". According to the network, the main reason why Jericho was threatened to be canceled was because a lot of its viewers either watch the show on TiVo and DVR or download it from the internet, making it less attractive to advertisers."
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Graphics

The History of Photoshop 298

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the cutting-and-pasting dept.
Gammu writes "For the past fifteen plus years, Photoshop has turned into the killer app for graphics designers on the Mac. It was originally written as a support app for a grad student's thesis and struggled to find wide commercial release. Eventually, Adobe licensed the app and has sold millions of copies." Achewood's Chris Onstad also offers a different take of how it all went down.
Security

+ - Welch Looks At OS X Security

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Mac expert John Welch, author of the widely read OS X versus Vista comparison, is back with a quirky dive into Mac OS X security. "Even with the recent QuickTime Java vulnerability discovered by Dino Dai Zovi at the CanSecWest contest, the Mac isn't suddenly a kitten in a shark tank, waiting to be devoured," Welch writes. He does advise that, if you're running Mac OS X Server or Mac OS X as a server and you have to expose it to the Internet, your best defense is awareness and if you're running a PHP-based application that ties to a MySQL database, you need to know enough about PHP and MySQL to properly secure them. Finally, he says: "Once you get past all the yelling and emotion, Mac OS X is a pretty secure operating system, at least as secure as any other operating system in its class." Do you agree that OS X is still the best of the bunch, security-wise?"
The Courts

TorrentSpy Ordered By Judge to Become MPAA Spy 372

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the watching-the-watchmen dept.
PC Guy writes "TorrentSpy, one of the world's largest BitTorrent sites, has been ordered by a federal judge to monitor its users. They are asked to keep detailed logs of their activities which must then be handed over to the MPAA. Ira Rothken, TorrentSpy's attorney responded to the news by stating: 'It is likely that TorrentSpy would turn off access to the U.S. before tracking its users. If this order were allowed to stand, it would mean that Web sites can be required by discovery judges to track what their users do even if their privacy policy says otherwise.'"
PlayStation (Games)

+ - Church Of England Vows to Fight Fall Of Man

Submitted by Oxygen99
Oxygen99 (634999) writes "The BBC reports that the Church of England is considering legal action against Sony for featuring the inside of Manchester Cathedral in its Playstation 3 game Resistance: Fall Of Man without permission. The Bishop of Manchester says "For a global manufacturer to re-create one of our great cathedrals with photo-realistic quality and then encourage people to have guns battles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible.". This is especially true Given Manchester's record with gun crime. Sony has not yet commented on the story."

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