Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Cisco Security hole = Internet Pearl Harbor?

Michael Lynn, a former research analyst with Internet Security Solutions is speaking out about the second Cisco IOS code theft and how much worse a WORM aimed at routers can be. -- "But when there is a Windows XP bug, it's not really a big deal, How do you ship (data) when the routers are dead?"

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Firefox Extension to Automatically Update Adblock

A new extension for automatic updating of Adblock is now available in beta. It automatically updates rules using the Filterset.G filter and unlike an earlier extension, is sanctioned by the Filterset.G author.


What a GREAT idea. I wanted to see this done for some time. This will be going on my thumb-drive and used on all client computers from here on out. I am worried a bit about the effect it's going to have on this blokes server. Thousands of people are going to start using the extension and as I understand it, each time someone using it starts an instance of Firefox, this thing is going to check for a Filterset.G update. I hope they've included some more inteligent update method or Filterset.G may be a thing of the past just in bandwidth costs.

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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Google Earth may shed light on Google browser efforts

If you haven't yet tried Google Earth, you really ought to. Not long after Google acquired the satellite imaging company Keyhole, they launched the highly acclaimed Google Maps and shortly there-after Google Earth, which is a stand-alone application using the same imagery but also offering more features than initially available through the Google Maps web interface.

Google Earth is a much more user friendly version of Keyhole that pulls information from the Internet and incorporates that data into satellite images which you can zoom, tilt and rotate. That description just barely scratches the surface, but I think you get the idea. This is getting to be a less and less stunning achievement as user contributed add-ons are getting very creative since the release of the Google Maps API and new competition from other "tech majors" such as Microsoft and Yahoo.

One feature that caught my eye was the embedded web browser that has been built into Google Earth. I happened across it by exploring the "User-Supplied Collections" overlay layer. Which is a list of placemarks on the map that get streamed as you navigate the map window. One of the collections plots the location of webcams and gives a brief description . Included in some of the descriptions is a URL, that will show you the webcam feed. This opens a new frame(panel) in the Google Earth application, which is resizeable, and has very basic controls.

This was very cool indeed and it got me thinking of all the rumors surrounding Google's recent hire of a Mozilla developer. Many people expect that Google will be releasing a browser of their own. I wanted to know a little bit more about the browser and what its functionality is. I can't help but wonder if there is any vulnerability created by it or how long it will be before the web-cam links are poisoned by the internet assholes out there.

My first stop with the Google Earth browser was to http://www.ipmonkey.com/
Browser: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows
NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)
Remote Port: 1474

Next off to http://www.grc.com/ to use the Shields Up! web-app to view the browser header information.
Accept: image/gif, image/x-xbitmap,
image/jpeg, image/pjpeg, application/x-shockwave-flash,
application/vnd.ms-excel, application/vnd.ms-powerpoint,
application/msword, */*

Accept-Language: en-us
Connection: Keep-Alive
Host: www.grc.com
Referer: http://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?--------
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0;
Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)

Content-Length: 32
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Cache-Control: no-cache
Secure: https://www.grc.com
Nonsecure: http://www.grc.com

Plenty more testing to do.
Looks like MSIE to me. I next tried out http://www.windowsupdate.com/ which worked just fine.

Do you think this shoots the Google Browser rumor in the foot? I sure would like to see what Google would do with the flexibility producing your own browser offers. Imagine all of the cool things google does rolled into your browser. The things people use firefox extension for could just as well be part of the browser to provide un-matched integration between the google services and you all much easier and seamless for the end user. That's the sort of thing that will really kick Microsoft in the teeth. Exciting to thing about anyway, rumor or not.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

TimeWarner IPTV pilot project in San Diego

For television via the Internet, the future is now. Time Warner is testing a new service that allows about 9000 cable and internet customers to access television over the internet.

I'm not one of them but hey, if the technology takes off and consumers respond well, my provider will offer it too! The article notes that the high number of computer savvy people living in San Diego as the reason it was chosen. O_o They must not be doing any tech support for the area.

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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Lawmaker: Let studios hack P2P networks

A California congressman is preparing a bill that would let copyright owners, such as record labels or movie studios, launch high-tech attacks against file-swapping networks where their wares are traded.

That's cool. As long as the reverse is acceptable. Vigilantism is a sign that people have lost faith in the ability of the law enforcement community to protect their interests. So in the name of justice you take to set-right what is wrong, to personally pick up the sword and seek out your version of equity.

I guess the people behind this sort of effort have failed to see the implications. Is there any law that once passes hasn't been used or abused by others some time down the road to expand, beyond the initial scope intended by the author, the power or privileges extended?

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