Sunday, December 24, 2006

Weekend Reading

Designing Security Into Networking Protocols

If you are faced with creating a new communications protocol, what are you going to do to ensure that it is safe and secure? While a complete answer might take an entire volume, here we will highlight some of the most common scenarios and concerns.

Read the article HERE.

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Kaspersky Lab's Secret Sauce

Can the Russian anti-virus vendor innovate fast enough to stay relevant in a hypercompetitive security market? Clickety, clack. Clickety, clack. The rhythmic sounds of fingers tapping away at keyboards are coming from Eugene Kaspersky's "woodpeckers," who make up a virus-hunting crew responsible for tracking computer threats in real time and who work around the clock to write and ship virus definition updates to millions of computer users. This is Kaspersky Lab's secret sauce, the ability to ship anti-virus signatures every hour on the hour, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Read the article HERE.

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Microsoft's stupid activation scheme

So, why does Microsoft persist in being so bloody stupid as to keep on with this product activation bollocks? I like Microsoft but this is just plain stupid. I buy a copy of XP or Office, install it on a machine and it connects with MS Central, activates itself and everything's lovely.

Well, no, it isn't. If my hard disk fails; if I buy a new machine and chuck the old one in the dumpster; if a nefarious footpad breaks into my house and steals the bastard, I'm buggered. Reinstalling XP, Office or Vista will tell me that I've exceeded the number of licences I've paid for. Even when I haven't.

Read the article HERE.

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PHP security under scrutiny

Perhaps PHP should stand for Pretty Hard to Protect: A week after a prominent bug finder and developer left the PHP Group, data from the National Vulnerability Database has underscored the need for better security in PHP-based Web applications.

Read the article HERE.

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