Occasionally I find myself in the position of needing to mail small easily damageable items across the country, for econmical purposes I find the best thing to do is purchase a tin of Altoids and mail the empty tin. The other day I was at the store and the Altoids were like $3 each! Highway robbery! Instead I purchased a box of Tic-Tacs as it would work in this particular instance. The down side is that I don't really care for Altoids or Tic-Tacs... I mean they are alright, but a single box will last me a few months. After …

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Would you run an AV on Linux or FreeBSD or Solaris, etc? Of course not, so why run one for NT which has at least the security capabilities of those other systems? The only systems that benefit from AVs are those with poor architecture that allows random processes unmitigated access, like the Windows (SUE)line Single User Edition. Restrict administrative accounts from running untrusted applications and isolate/restrict standard users in a manner that prevents the virus from being able to propigate.This has the advantage of being immune to new viruses and trojans while requiring no upgrades. Besides, if you have your …

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No security advisory section? [b]MD5 - Not as secure as thought.[/b] There is an interesting paper on altering files without changing the MD5 hash. Even more interesting, a tool that can be used for POC. I'm glad to see that others in the security field feel the same way that I do about MD5. *snip* The full details may be acquired at the following link: [url]http://www.doxpara.com/md5_someday.pdf[/url] A tool, Stripwire, has been assembled to demonstrate some of the attacks described in the paper. It may be acquired at the following address: [url]http://www.doxpara.com/stripwire-1.1.tar.gz[/url] Incidentally, the expectations management is by no means accidental …

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Lots and LOTS of people seem to be constantly comparing the current situation with space travel, with the early 20th century aviation. In fact, the comparison is not appropriate at all. The early pioneers who created aeroplanes from bits of sticks and cloth, putting unreliable petrol engines on, often killed themselves. But we remember the successful ones. The basic problem I see, is space travel is NOT aviation. The amount of foresight to be able to predict aviation is fairly minimal. DaVinci did it in the 15th century, and probably loads of people did before him (just he wrote it …

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The End.