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2551  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computer science student expelled for testing university software security on: January 21, 2013, 12:08:07 PM
All I'm responding to is the fact of it being illegal
The difference between scanning for publicly available information (domain owner, email addresses listed on web pages, administrative contacts, etc.) and vulnerability scanning is that information gathering is passive when you talk about publicly available information. Scanning a server can have real consequences on the server if the tool is not configured properly and is NOT passive.

All I'm saying is saying it was illegal, then using said threat to make him sign an NDA wasn't right by any means.  It's not illegal in and of itself, and trying to prosecute him for such would be legal handwaving.  Not saying a prosecutor wouldn't do it, but that's what it would be.
2552  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computer science student expelled for testing university software security on: January 21, 2013, 10:08:58 AM
Renegade, unless he was specifically granted permission to re-check the system, it is an illegal scan of the system. Many professional penetration testers have lost their jobs because of such an act.

The utility in question (Acunetix) scans for publicly available information about the system. It wasn't the smartest thing to do, but neither is it illegal- you can get the same information in other ways, and it's a white hat utility.  And the way they bullied him with incorrect information about the legality to get an NDA signed, then backed off... yeah...
2553  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PowerPwn: Power strip by day, Hacking device by night! on: January 21, 2013, 10:06:46 AM
Ok... that's just evil.  Grin
2554  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PowerPwn: Power strip by day, Hacking device by night! on: January 20, 2013, 11:38:24 PM
I'd hate to be a sysadmin right about now...
2555  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PowerPwn: Power strip by day, Hacking device by night! on: January 20, 2013, 08:46:23 PM
The former.  That's why I think it would be so insidious.
2556  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PowerPwn: Power strip by day, Hacking device by night! on: January 20, 2013, 11:58:12 AM
That is true... but there's a more insidious way to do it if you have inside help- one that's harder to trace.  Bridge the network connection on a legitimately connected computer...
2557  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Random question for all you Doconians! on: January 20, 2013, 09:16:09 AM
I work from home (at times), and could probably at this point do it permanently given enough justification, as many people where I work do it.  And I think it really depends on the employer; it took a while for them to get to this point, and a couple of the reasons were certain key people moving, and the fact that they have offices overseas, so one location just wasn't a viable argument anymore.

Of course, it also depends on the infrastructure and whether it will securely support remote work, and their IT department.  Not big technical hurdles to cross, but if they're not already in place, that business hurdle can be insurmountable.
2558  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PowerPwn: Power strip by day, Hacking device by night! on: January 20, 2013, 09:11:24 AM
Of course there's the simple piratebox that could be set up with this- a separate wireless network in the same building as your standard network...
2559  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MEGA Almost Online - Misses Deadline on: January 19, 2013, 12:58:05 PM
What is this?
2560  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol Plus or AnVir Task Manager? on: January 18, 2013, 12:10:31 PM
Well, yes and no.  A developer can create such obfuscation, but why bother when there's no rationale for it?  While it's entirely possible I'm loading four (4) malware elements, I'm a bit doubtful.

You don't even have to intentionally do it.  You can have your process started by rundll32 or svchost and not sign it, and then, though you can see something appear in the ROT, you don't have any idea of what it was.  Of course, none of these might be the reason- it's just that the question of it's as simple as extracting it from the process name or such information is not the be all to everything that runs.  I guess in the end, mwb said it best:

Have you let BillP (WinPatrol's author) know about the problem?  I have the impression that he's pretty responsive to feedback.

Because only he'd know how he was doing it and could only fix it if it was reported.
2561  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol Plus or AnVir Task Manager? on: January 18, 2013, 10:42:07 AM
Now, I know the program name can be either extracted from the application or from the system.

Incorrect.  Depending on how it's starting, those can be obfuscated.  It's one of the ways that malicious programs keep themselves out of the running objects table and out of task manager.
2562  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol Plus or AnVir Task Manager? on: January 18, 2013, 10:05:37 AM
I think the inability to provide information about programs isn't related to WinPatrol PLUS, but the program in question.  The information provided is an opt-in sort of thing from the developer; they have to provide that information.  There's some information that can be retrieved from your system, but a lot of it comes from the application in question.
2563  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TOO AWESOME FOR WORDS! on: January 17, 2013, 11:03:16 PM
The one not so awesome thing about the conclusion yet to come- I wonder if he's going to spend some time and money in court. Sad
2564  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TOO AWESOME FOR WORDS! on: January 17, 2013, 09:12:21 PM
I saw an analysis on another site and a talk to the auditors that caught him- they said he could have gotten away with it with one minor change to his scheme.  Set up a server at home, and have them vpn into the server, then connect from there.
2565  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TOO AWESOME FOR WORDS! on: January 17, 2013, 10:03:45 AM
Let those who advocate for the "new service and information economy" ponder deeply the implications in this. tellme Grin

Inside of the "service" sector, we do need to point out the difference between PHYSICAL services and INTELLECTUAL services.

e.g. A lawyer provides both, but his physical presence is still required in court. A coder? Not so much. Those are purely intellectual services.

There's a big difference there in "services".

-- Just in case that wasn't already apparent/explicit/implicit/understood/whatever for anyone. Wink



Nice article-- and even nicer clarification. smiley
2566  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: The MagicRAR Drive Press Challenge on: January 15, 2013, 10:15:23 AM
And yes, there are limits for the reason you stated.  It's an int (16 or 32-bit depending on the version of comctrl32.dll [ref].
That reference mentions 64k limit - I wonder if comctrl uses signed or unsigned integers? It's been ages, but I seem to recall doing 32k clamping?

I think they're signed, but don't quote me on that; it's been ages for me too other than dabbling here and there.
2567  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MagicRAR Drive Press - worth anything? on: January 15, 2013, 10:11:55 AM
^ +1 and well said!  Thmbsup
2568  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: The MagicRAR Drive Press Challenge on: January 15, 2013, 07:40:57 AM
Oh, and one last thing: your progress bars are severely bugged - they reached 100% several minutes before the actual operation was done (bugged both in analyze as well as compress phase). Looks like you use Delphi, and I haven't touched that since Delphi2, so dunno if there's limits on it's current/max values... but iirc the win32 controls are/were clamped to pretty low values, meaning you definitely shouldn't be using currentBytes/maxBytes - or even currentNumFiles/maxNumFiles for modern filesystems.

Could also be C++ builder.  And yes, there are limits for the reason you stated.  It's an int (16 or 32-bit depending on the version of comctrl32.dll [ref].
2569  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release - Skyrim Character Manager on: January 14, 2013, 06:15:32 AM
Doesn't really matter the executable, as they are renamed anyway. I use SKSE, whose exe is called skse_loader.exe, however to make it work in Steam, you rename the TESV.exe to Skyrim.exe, then rename skse_loader.exe to TESV.exe. Then Steam will call the SKSE exe which in turn loads the old TESV exe. The name of the chained exe is in the Data\SKSE\skse.ini file (RuntimeName=Skyrim.exe). So as far as any third party apps like your's, it is still TESV.exe that should be called.

My comment was that your settings dialog requires the executable folder path (eg "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim") not the executable path (eg "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim\TESV.exe") as implied by the text label, or else it does't work.

Cheers

Ah... I see your point.  And not all people rename their executable.  Some just run it, as I've seen on another forum.  But I'll revisit that in the next version, hopefully this week.

Thanks!
2570  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release - Skyrim Character Manager on: January 13, 2013, 08:02:36 PM
I do plan to make the folder and executable separate, to allow people to run SKSE and such; I've never used them, so didn't know that people launched different executables.  The double shell names have to do with the way that C# naming conventions work - the namespace is SkyrimCharacterManager.Shell and the class name is Shell.  So when I fully qualify it, it shows up as SkyrimCharacterManager.Shell.Shell.  Think of a namespace as a container that segregates bits of code, and the class itself as the object that actually does the work.
2571  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where Is Windows 8.1? on: January 13, 2013, 09:20:33 AM
That's decent enough, but definitely in no way a replacement for generic movable & resizeable windows, when we're talking desktop operating systems.

Yeah... i have to agree with you there.  When I first used it, I was like Wow... but in practical use, it became less feasible.  In tablet mode, I can still see why it's useful, however.  Which is why I still stick to my statement that if MS hadn't proclaimed the desktop legacy, and had kept a form of the start menu- but also introduced not-Metro, and let people transparently and easily choose which they wanted to use and boot into, a lot of the problems they are having wouldn't exist.
2572  Special User Sections / Shareware Discounts for Members / Re: New Discounts for a New Year - January 2013 on: January 13, 2013, 09:18:07 AM
Not much of a fan of less (prolly 'cause I just don't know enough about it  undecided), but been using TopStyle since approximately forever.  TopStyle 5 likes CSS3 and HTML5, as well as JS/PHP/SQL/ASP.  Just downloaded v.5.0.0.87, in fact, tonight.  All in all, TopStyle is a kick-ass piece of software for my usages.

I could have written that same thing.  After tranglos posted about less and more in the discount thread, I looked it up to see what was going on with it.  Looks like a completely different animal, and with Topstyle solving my CSS problems, and me being primarily a .NET developer, (and not being sure if MVC would even support less), I'll just stick with TopStyle, thanks smiley
2573  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release - Skyrim Character Manager on: January 13, 2013, 09:15:18 AM
Yes... that would do it!  I'm glad you seem to know a bit about unity and the config file and were able to find that... that's exactly what my fix is going to entail, so you tested the viability for me!  Thanks for your help!
2574  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz dies at 26 on: January 13, 2013, 08:50:48 AM
I think I'll post my response in the basement...
2575  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where Is Windows 8.1? on: January 12, 2013, 06:21:22 PM
Hrm, apart from "one App per monitor" and the snap-to-side thing, does Metro allow for windows? I wasn't under the impression it does?

Ok, so I was bit loose with the definition of 'window'.  You have it right with the 1/4 snap bit.
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