Have you ever connected to a network that wasn't yours?
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I'll give you a multiple-choice question.
Security companies want to:
a) Keep you secure.
b) Make more money.
Just put your pencil down when you're done.
"Adware is malware with better lawyers"
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Yes, ZFS is amazing. But my concern about FreeBSD in general is that from an exploit mitigation perspective, it's in the dark ages. Like, maybe close to Windows XP. http://networkfilter.blogspot....
For a file server, great. But for anything that's parsing untrusted data or is exposed to the internet, I'd be concerned.
What will folks do when drones get to be insect sized?
The evidence that China was performing MITM attacks on Outlook.com was because of temporary use of an SSL certificate chain that wasn't signed by one of the hundreds of root CAs included with modern operating systems. (and therefore the software complained)
If the software people are using stops complaining about the SSL certificate chain, does that mean that they're not performing MITM anymore? Hell no. At the very least it means that they're just using an SSL certificate signed by one of the hundreds of trusted root CA certificates. You know, like CNNIC. The internet organization with ties to the Chinese government.
This sort of thing happens every month. Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, etc. This is news?
How do you teach a non-geek to find and recognize the canonical source for a software download? Is http://www.vlc.cc/ the official VLC site? Is http://www.7zipdownload.org/ the right place to get 7-zip? Is http://www.libtiff.org/ the place to get the latest LibTIFF? The answer to all of these is "No", but I'd like to hear the teaching technique that allows a non-geek to come to these conclusions.
If so, pursue it. Don't do it because all your friends are becoming managers.
Be sure to check out Moxie Marlinspike's blog post about the topic.
1) Takes nude photos of themselves with an internet-connected device.
2) Has said photos of themselves synchronized with an internet service
3) Is surprised / outraged that said photos are accessed by somebody on the internet.
I'm not saying that those people are to blame, but rather that there is a significant disconnect between technology and users' expectations. And the companies involved aren't making things any better with their hand-waving "cloud" mumbo-jumbo.
Just because you don't know about vulnerabilities, that doesn't mean that they're not there. The vulnerabilities are present in the code before they are discovered.
Having said that, drawing conclusions from vulnerability counts is usually an exercise in futility. There are many factors that affect how many vulnerabilities are discovered and disclosed. Including availability of vulnerability-finding tools, discovery of novel attack techniques, or simply critical mass of interest in the security field.
I published a note about this approximately 8 years ago: http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id...
When on earth did AV detect 95% of attacks? (hint: never)