Archive for August, 2008

Passwords smashwords

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Obtaining passwords just seems to be too easy. And the more I work in the industry the more I realize that people just don’t take security seriously. So how paranoid should you be? How serious should you take passwords? In a word: VERY.


When Outlook sends mail …

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

I just couldn’t resist. An Outlook user sent an email to an automated system, and got this back:

! Decoding of application requests from Base64 is not supported as yet.

! Please resubmit your application in clear (or quoted) ascii. This is !

probably because you are sending from a Windows PC – and have possibly !

imported the form into a Word-Processor like Word. As this ! application

has to be scanned electronically – this makes it very ! unsuitable. Please

therefore save the application in ‘.txt’ format and ! resubmit in ascii.

I just couldn’t resist posting it here.

Making the BNT-600 UPS work with NUT

Monday, August 4th, 2008

I’ve had my blacknight 600VA UPS for a while now, and was well aware of the fact that NUT makes use of the powercom driver to interface with it. I also knew that it was supposed to be able to do things like auto-shutdown and restore power on resume (unlike some of the considerably smarter UPSes it won’t wait until battery restored to a certain point). Well, I finally made it work the way I want it…


VoIP – So how (in)secure is it really?

Friday, August 1st, 2008

It’s bad. No, it’s worse than that.

It’s generally accepted that email is “available for the world to see” in security circles, essentially it’s transmitted in plain-text over the internet. Plain-text in this case has nothing to do with HTML vs ASCII text, but instead refers to the fact that your email isn’t being encrypted before being transmitted. VoIP is exactly the same.