It's an arms race. As the malware gets more sophisticated at evasion, the sandbox will be made smarter to counter this. Complexity and sophistication will increase. Eventually, they will get smart enough to pass the Turing Test in order to stay in the game.
You can play Yellow River Kingdom here: JSBeeb. Shift-F12 to boot the Welcome disk and go through the programs till you reach it, or just enter CH."W.KINGDOM" to load it directly. (It's been ~25 years since I last typed that, but that particular bunch of neurons fired as if it were yesterday).
The only way to truly understand C is to read the CPU circuit design on which the application will run. Otherwise you are only assuming what the CPU will actually do with the opcodes generated during assembly. See 6502 opcode 8B (XAA)
IEEE magazines. Still available in print, if you want to pay the extra, or electronic format if you like trees. IEEE Security and Privacy and IEEE Software work for me. And if these are too lightweight, there's always the IEEE Transactions on $SUBJECT.
from the more-and-better dept.
ruphus13 writes "Nmap has a new release out, and it's a major one. It includes a GUI front-end called Zenmap, and, according to the post, 'Network admins will no doubt be excited to learn that Nmap is now ready to identify Snow Leopard systems, Android Linux smartphones, and Chumbies, among other OSes that Nmap can now identify. This release also brings an additional 31 Nmap Scripting Engine scripts, bringing the total collection up to 80 pre-written scripts for Nmap. The scripts include X11 access checks to see if X.org on a system allows remote access, a script to retrieve and print an SSL certificate, and a script designed to see whether a host is serving malware. Nmap also comes with netcat and Ndiff. Source code and binaries are available from the Nmap site, including RPMs for x86 and x86_64 systems, and binaries for Windows and Mac OS X. '"
from the incredible-journey dept.
grrlscientist writes "While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the Globe Skimmer, Pantala flavescens, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world."
from the hey-cut-that-crap-out dept.
hollywoodb writes "The first carbon tax to reduce the greenhouse gases from imports comes not between two nations, but between two states. Minnesota has passed a measure to stop carbon at its border with North Dakota. To encourage the switch to clean, renewable energy, Minnesota plans to add a carbon fee of between $4 and $34 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions to the cost of coal-fired electricity, to begin in 2012 ... Minnesota has been generally pushing for cleaner power within its borders, but the utility companies that operate in MN have, over the past decades, sited a lot of coal power plants on the relatively cheap and open land of North Dakota, which is preparing a legal battle against Minnesota over the tariff."