The InfoSec Warrior’s Rant

(With apologies to Jack Nicholson and whoever originally crafted this gem.  –Jedi) “Son, we live in a world that has networks and those networks need to be guarded by men with balls and smarts. Who’s gonna do it? You? You sniveling admin? I have greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You can weep for your permissions and curse security; you have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that your inconvenience, while tragic to you, probably saved exploitations and that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves this network. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at staff meetings you want me on that firewall, you need me on that SIM. We use[…]

NessusWX Development

I’ve uploaded a text file giving detailed instructions on how to set-up a development environment under Windows for compiling the NessusWX client software. The document explains everything in excruciating detail and can be found in the files section. Have fun!  

UPDATED: Annual Identity Checks article

I’ve updated my article on performing an Annual Identity Check. It now includes details on requesting credit reports from Innovis, TeleCheck and more. And I re-verified all the phone numbers and website links. You can read the article here.

This Christmas my daughter got a Fisher-Price Kid Tough digital camera from a relative. It’s an adorable pink camera of modest resolution with a USB cable to use for downloading the pictures to your computer. And it comes with a free virus! Yay! Fortunately, my anti-virus software instantly detected the malware and quarantined it. And I long ago disabled all Auto Run support in Windows. If I hadn’t, the virus may have actually been able to run briefly. Malware needs only seconds to wreak havoc. In this case, it was a worm that installs backdoors, probably to open up a PC for eventual induction into a botnet. Attempts to contact Fisher-Price (or rather Mattel) have been fruitless, but I suspect this is a case of the factory where[…]