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Unofficial emergency patch for GPON Routers

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"... A few days ago, we released details of two unpatched critical authentication bypass and root-RCE vulnerabilities we found on very widespread GPON Routers. The vulnerabilities, as we outlined, affects over a million users and is easily accessible through sites like Shodan and ZoomEye.

Shortly after our initial discovery, we contacted the responsible parties. Unfortunately, a patch was not available, and it didn’t seem to be in development either. So, we released the details to inform the affected users of the risks involved in using these modems.

However, we noticed (thanks to 360 Netlab) that attackers began exploiting both these vulnerabilities (CVE-2018-10561 & CVE-2018-10562) to add the affected devices and their networks into their botnets. To prevent more attacks, we took matters into our hands. We are releasing a user-friendly patch below ...":

RegexCaptor - Simple app to extract email addresses or other patterns from text

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This is a very simple beta release of a program to extract email addresses or other regular expressions from text files.


This is a very simple task.  I needed to extract email addresses from bounced emails in order to remove them from the donationcoder mailing lists.  This is a fairly simple task for a commandline regular expression extractor tool, but I like to be able to drag+drop and get some visual interaction.

I tried a few "free" tools for doing this and they were ALL adware, shareware, feature limited.  Just horrible.  I don't know when we got to a point where people think they can list software unambiguously as "free" and have it be filled with adware or be horribly crippled until you buy the full version.  :down:

So I decided to write my own tool, with hopes for improving it.  The goals are similar to CodeByters Linebyter which I have used in the past but whose source code was lost.

Again this is a very simple tool, it has a few minor features that make it useful for specific tasks:
  • You can create your own list of common regular expression search patterns and select between them easily.
  • You can specify a portion of the expression that should be extracted and listed.
  • You can specify additional patterns to be ignored (in regex or plaintext format).
  • The final list is sorted and duplicates removed.
  • Easy to search multiple files; remembers file list.

Again this is a very niche tool but I may add features to it to make it more useful for other tasks.  If you already have a good regular expression "extractor" that you are happy with, this is unlikely to replace it.

Discuss now..

Simone Giertz, Building bad robots, making videos, and coping with a brain tumor

I think quite a few of you have seen the videos made by Simone Giertz.  She has gained fame by building small household robots that work to perform a task, but rather than expending huge efforts to make everything work perfectly, she basically settles for a first draft rough prototype experiment, and the results are funny, fun, and inspiring.  I think there is something we can all learn from her spirit -- and enjoying the pleasure of creating something that doesn't quite work.

Her very latest video has taken a sad turn though, as she posts about her discovery that she has a brain tumor.  She talks about her upcoming operation.

Some of her videos, including the last one:

DonationCoder 2018 Fundraiser is almost over!

What a wonderful surprise to wake up and find that we have passed our goal of $10,000 raised !!
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We are so lucky to have such supportive people willing to take the time and make the effort and send their hard earned money to us.

In the coming months we are going to have to show them it is well deserved by putting it to good use and continuing our process of improving the site and embarking on some new projects.

The fundraiser will continue until the end of the month, so there are still a few days left for everyone who hasn't donated yet to be part of it!

BazQux Reader - Mini-Review

Basic Info
App Name  20_128x128_3E3C308F.png   BazQux Reader service
DescriptionA service - an online $PAID RSS feed-reader or "feed-aggregator".
Thumbs-Up Rating :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:
App URLhttps://bazqux.com
App Version ReviewedThis is an online, browser-based service, and the version is always "latest".
Test System Specs
  • Win7-64
  • Win8/8.1-64 and Pro
  • Win10-64 and Pro
- variously using:
  • old (now defunct) Firefox browser,
  • latest Slimjet (Chrome-based) browser <-- superb with display control NoSquint Plus extension,
  • IE11 browser,
  • MS Edge browser.
  • Brave browser.
Supported OSesAny web browser.
Support MethodsHelp: is via https://bazqux.com/
Trial Version Available?30-day free trial.
Pricing SchemeThis is a commercial service with a 30-day free trial period and then $19 or $29 (pay-what-you-want) annual subscription fee.

Intro and Overview:
BazQux Reader is a very fast online Web-based feed-aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds.
It shows comments to posts, able to retrieve full article text, have several view modes, search, can subscribe to Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Google+ pages and has sharing and bookmarking to popular services.

It is commercial service with a 30 days free trial and then $19 or $29 pay-what-you-want annual fee.
Copied from: BazQux Reader Alternatives and Similar Websites and Apps - AlternativeTo.net - <https://alternativeto.net/software/bazqux-reader/>
Someone was asking me how I arrived at using BazQux reader, and I thought it might be helpful/useful to post this review, as it could potentially save people a lot of time (if they were not already happily using a feed-reader).

Click here to read the full mini-review now..

DonationCoder 2018 Huge Software Giveaway Drawing - Deadline April 9th!

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As part of our fundraiser celebration, a couple of forum members (cranioscopical and wraith808) have rounded-up a whole bunch of companies willing to donate software for us to give away and provide discounts for our members.

Software being given away includes:  AtomicScribbler, Bvckup2, Beyond Compare, CintaNotes, TechSmith's Camtasia, DisplayFusion, DoogiePim, Help+Manual, HD Sentinel, JAlbum, Macrium Reflect, Softmaker, SmartEdit, RitLabs TheBat, Website Watcher, IDM's UltraEdit, VueMinder, ZeusEdit, The Journal 7, Zentimo, VMWare, Terragen, Write!, Writer's Cafe, ProWritingAid, Jutoh, and others.

Deadline for entry to the giveaway drawing is April 9th

Enter here:  http://www.donationc.../fundraiser/giveaway

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