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Comment: Re:It freakin' works fine (Score 1) 928

by elgaard (#48285451) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

I totally understand why people bother making functionality, I do not need. And I like it, because it means that next time I need something it is probably already there.

What I do not like is that I am being forced (well, pressured, it *is* free software after all) to pay (with computer ressources) for something that I do not need.
 

Comment: Re:Silly (Score 1) 87

by elgaard (#48285401) Attached to: Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

Well, if you are the third AP owner in your neighborhood that has a network name Linksys or Home Network, you should not get into trouble.

If you named you network Logan Airport because you wanted to gain access to passengers computers, you would be breakting the law in most countries.

If you named you network Logan Airport because you were curious to find out how many would connect to it, well I am not a lawyer, but I would say you were on thin ice.

The problem with faked DHCP-servers is not so much that it can take advantage of bash vulnerabilities, most clients should now be updated and not use Bash. It is worse that they can give you bad DNS-servers. That means that the attacker can then do a MITM attack on every single connection, you make. Encryption helps, but not everything is encrypted, and many user would accept a fake SSL certificate.

If you are worried about fake DHCP servers you should configure your DHCP client to use fixed DNS servers (I use http://censurfridns.dk/). You would still be vulnerable to fake accesspoints and fake DHCP-servers that also gave you a fake gateway, but not to bad DNS-servers.
Unfortunately many networks rely on using DNS to implement captive portals for login and advertizing, so you cannot do it for all networks.

Comment: Re:Silly (Score 1) 87

by elgaard (#48283437) Attached to: Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

The hotels usually do print the name of their network on flyers, signs etc.
But an attacker does not have to make up fake names, he can just use the legit name.

At an airport you might see:

- Airport Net
- Airport Net
- HP_Printer.

Where "Airport Net" is the legit offices name, that the airport uses.
An attacker then names his AP also "Airport Net".

Then you see:

- Airport Net
- Airport Net
- Airport Net
- HP_Printer.

There is no way to know that one of the "Airport Net" AP's are not run by the airport.

And even worse.
If the attacker takes an AP e.g. a cafe and name it "Airport Net", there is a good chance that someone will automatically connect to it because they used an AP by that name in the airport.

Comment: Re:Silly (Score 1) 87

by elgaard (#48282357) Attached to: Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

Actually my client does not connect automatically.
Not that i should be a problem, except that it would keep connectiong to networks that I cannot use.

I am telling you that if I stay in a hotel, and I see a network named eg Free_Hotelname_network, then I connect to it and if it works I use it, even though for all I know that network could be running from the laptop of the guy in a room down the hall.

But I should not have care about that. It should not be necessary to trust every DHCP-server I use.

In the same way that I also visit a lot of webservers, that I do not necessarily trust. My browser should not execute insecure bash-scripts.

Comment: Re:It freakin' works fine (Score 2) 928

by elgaard (#48279759) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

what pulsed solves is not very important problems, for me at least.
But it introduces strange problems, besides eating CPU-cycles and RAM.

For example, I resently spent some time debugging why icedove occasinally froze. It turned out that it was trying to play a sound, but that went wrong because the user starting icedove was not the same as the user starting the desktop even though both were in the audio group.

It should be possible to make pulse work in system mode, but I could not get it to work well. But deinstalling pulseaudio and just using ALSA works perfectly.

Comment: Re:Silly (Score 1) 87

by elgaard (#48279425) Attached to: Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

In for example an airport you have no way of knowing if it really is the airport that provided the network, you are using.

Even if it is a real airport network, most airport wireless networks are open and unencrypted, so anyone could run their own DHCP server on the network.

In many airport lounges you could just go to the accesspoint and move a few cables to use your own hardware router.

And why should you have to trust airport networks, or networks in cafes, trains, bars, etc?

I think it is reasonable to expect DHCP to be safe.

Comment: Re:goal to make things suck? (Score 1) 164

by elgaard (#36661724) Attached to: Pdf.js Reaches First Milestone

> But opening up a new window for each PDF you display really sucks as a user experience.

My browser can show PDF in tabs.
But I almost always want PDF-s to open in a new window, full-screen.
Why would I want to read a 200 page report inside a browser?

The same goes for video, I usually want to view it full-screen not embedded in some page in a browser.

Comment: Re:Android for the masses (Score 1) 229

by elgaard (#34911650) Attached to: ARM Powered OLPC XO-1.75 Laptop Is Faster Than X86

That is a good point. I have been playing with the AC-100.

The Android is not impressive on the AC-100.

But you can install Ubuntu on it; which is slow.

But it you use LXDE and trim Ubuntu a bit, it is actually good, much faster than Android.

I do like how the Android browsers make excellent use of the screen.

The Ubuntu/Debian package system is so much better than the silly app markets. More usefull applications and much easier to install.
(i didn't even manage to install Emacs on Android).

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