Sunday, November 26, 2006

Weekend Reading

Kernel Patch Protection

Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson discuss errata from previous episodes, correcting, among other things, Steve's first poor impression of Vista's performance. Then the results of an in-depth research into the inner workings of Vista's Kernel Patch Protection (aka PatchGuard) to uncover its limitations, benefits, and real purpose. [Episode #67 23 Nov 2006]

Visit the website HERE.

Whois Losing the Privacy Debate

If you own a domain, your privacy is probably being needlessly compromised as a result. But nobody who can do anything about it cares. The issues are important: It has always been policy that the registration information for Internet domains is public and publicly available through a database service called "Whois".

It's also always been policy that owners of domains have to keep accurate information in their publicly accessible Whois entries. So if you own a domain for your personal use you have to have your address, phone number and an accessible e-mail in the record.

Read the entire article HERE.

Books - online - free

7,500 Free Computer Books - 400 security related - covering a wide range to topics.

Take a look HERE.

The Host Security Metasystem

This Weblog and the blogoshpere in general have been abuzz with controversy over Microsoft PatchGuard and issues dealing with appropriate kernel security instrumentation. This blog entry is the first of a two-part series. It provides an excerpt of a draft posting that proposes an abstract host security metasystem and laws of host security that attempt to raise the level of discourse above specific features and implementations.

Read the entire article HERE and Part II HERE.

Memory for 64-bit Windows Vista

I've been running 64-bit Windows Vista on my Ferrari 4000 as my daily workstation since RC1, and I've now been running the RTM version for a couple of weeks. During that period, I've gone from running with a straight 1 GB of RAM (what it came with), to adding a 512 Mb ReadyBoost, to adding a 2GB ReadyBoost and now I've upgraded the RAM to a full 2GB (all it supports) with a 2GB Gizmo! Overdrive! USB memory stick to take advantage of Windows Vista ReadyBoost. I've come to some fairly firm convictions in that time about just how much memory, and what kind, Windows Vista needs. And the conclusions were fairly startling, frankly.

Read the entire article HERE.


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