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Mar 9, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments

For the trusting types...

I was just catching up on my reading when I stumbled across this gem of a link: Now, as it doesn’t identify itself via the URL, it is a windows service pack blocking tool. The blurb from the Microsoft web page is as follows: A blocking tool is available for organizations that would like to temporarily prevent installation of Windows Service Pack updates through Windows Update. This tool can be used with:

Feb 21, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments

Chroot facility added to OpenSSH

It seems that chroot has been incorporated into OpenSSH in the latest release, making it much easier to enable sftp-only accounts that are confined to their homedir: Previously, you had to implement cumbersome patches and hacks to achieve this functionality, which is easily enabled in vsftpd and some other FTP servers.

Feb 18, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments

February Meeting

This Thursday is the monthly meeting. I do remember saying that we could do something techie this time around, so I’m bringing a handful of Watchguard Firebox IIs to turn into monowall security appliances. The process is remarkably simple and they will run embedded BSD internally when we are completed. All materials will be provided (as you only get to keep the completed box). Points for good questions. As this won’t take all night (at least it shouldn’t), think up some good topics for post mods.

Feb 18, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments

Looks like it's that time again...

Well, it’s always time for stupidity. I was looking through updates on facebook and there it was… A National Post Article on copyright. As I have an interest in the existing provisions of the copyright act as we currently know it, I thought it would be a good read. Reading through it, it appears that our Industry minister is in the middle of fast tracking a DMCA like ammendment or law, contrary to the wishes of the public, the retailers, broadcasters, telcos and ISPs.

Jan 13, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments


No, not the David Bowie song. For those in the know, my contract at ST ended January 4th and I had the joy of being unemployed (underemployed?) for a whole 5 days, my choice. I have accepted the role of Security Officer with “Unnamed Company” and that starts January 14th so this should be a fun week as I get started in my new position (no comments from Bruce please).