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August 31, 2014  7:13 PM

Is Anti-Virus Dead?

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen
Security

This is an interesting topic to discuss.  There's still a lot of companies that enforce anti-virus procedures (and after working help desk I can see why).  However, is there an actually real need for it?  I proclaim not really.

Anti-virus software in itself is a scare, in that they...

August 31, 2014  7:09 PM

Tor Browser Insecure?

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen
Security

Not much of a shock, but there's been some news lately about how Tor Browser is not exactly that secure (http://threatpost.com/tor-browser-hardening-features-under-scrutiny/107839). Well, forks tend to deviate from the original system, which can be good or bad. Do I think this is something to be...


August 31, 2014  7:03 PM

Netflix Open Sources Tools

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen
Security

Netflix has opensourced some of their network monitoring tools (http://techblog.netflix.com/2014/08/announcing-scumblr-and-sketchy-search.html). While htere's a plethora of them available its nice to see how Netflix handles security issues themselves. The fact they built in-house tools just goes...


August 31, 2014  6:59 PM

Key Pinning in Firefox

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen
Security

Slashdot has posted an article about how Firefox, in version 32, is going to support key pinning.  This essentially is public key authentication for websites.  Firefox will ship with...


July 31, 2014  6:28 PM

5 Languages for the Next Years

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen
Security

http://news.dice.com/2014/07/29/5-programming-languages-youll-need-next-year-beyond/ As someone who is looking to start really breaking into the software engineering/programming field, this is a must read article.  Which, most don't surprise me (web 2.0 movement and everything around me needing...


July 31, 2014  6:25 PM

Python Better than Java?

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen
Security

http://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/176450-python-is-now-the-most-popular-introductory-teaching-language-at-top-us-universities/fulltext

While its more objectionable than anything, the statistics still prove that Python is getting more love than Java now.  Which makes sense.  I wouldn't...


July 31, 2014  6:23 PM

PHP with formal spec

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen
Security

http://news.php.net/php.internals/75886 This will make projects that branch off of PHP still maintain compatibility (as much as possible) with one of the most well-known server scripting languages out there, PHP.


May 31, 2014  5:50 PM

User-mode kernel code??

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen
Security

Its finally possible!  At least in Python. KPlugs (http://www.kplugs.org/) is a Python module that allows people to access data inside of the kernel itself, usually unheard of unless you write a crafted module or other driver. The security aspects of this is interesting, and I haven't really...


May 31, 2014  5:47 PM

Encrypted Persistence

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen
Security

This isn't old technology, in that persistence has been around for a good few years, but now Kali Linux is offering it in encrypted form. http://www.offensive-security.com/kali-linux/kali-encrypted-usb-persistence/ Persistence in this from is basically a way for live USB-ran distros to keep...


May 31, 2014  5:44 PM

XSS Game

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen
Security

Google has released an XSS game to showcase what and how XSS (cross site scripting) works. You can view it here: https://xss-game.appspot.com/ and its pretty fun, actually. Reminds me a lot of WebGoat but a lot less intense.


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