Coffee shop WiFi for dummies
The average user has no idea of the risks associated with public WiFi hotspots. Here are some very simple tips for them to keep their network access secure.
Nmap 4.00 with Fyodor
After more than eight years since its first release in Phrack magazine, Fyodor has announced Nmap 4.00. Curious as usual, Federico Biancuzzi interviewed Fyodor on behalf of SecurityFocus to discuss the new port scanning engine, version detection improvements, and the new stack fingerprinting algorithm under work by the community.
Google's data minefield
The U.S. government's broad subpoena to search engines effectively seeks to mine the data of the Internet. While Google has resisted the subpoena, there may be little they can do to protect our privacy from many prying eyes.
Debunking the WMF backdoor
Claims that the WMF vulnerability was an intentional backdoor into Windows systems makes for an interesting conspiracy theory, but doesn't fit with the facts.
Tech support woes
Technical support that's outsourced to foreign countries can cause frustration and have a negative impact on security when the problems remain unsolved.
How not to respond to a security advisory
A recently announced weakness in the BSD securelevel system isn't going to be fixed in OpenBSD. While securelevel may have problems, the vendor's security response is unacceptable and doesn't fit with their stated goals.
Wiretapping, FISA, and the NSA
U.S. wiretapping laws, FISA and Presidential powers given to the NSA to intercept communications make for interesting times when coupled with technology. What are the issues surrounding privacy, search, seizure and surveillance?
Patching a broken Windows
Robert Lemos interviews Datarescue's senior software developer Ilfak Guilfanov, the creator of the unofficial patch for the flaw in the Windows Meta File format that saw tens of thousands of downloads prior to the official patch release by Microsoft. Guilfanov explains why he decided to issue a patch for the vulnerability, how he created the patch, and his thoughts on whether third-party patches are generally a good thing.
A few hundred million Windows XP machines lay vulnerable on the Web today, a week after a zero-day exploit was discovered. Meanwhile, new approaches and ideas from the academic world - that focus exclusively on children - may give us hope for the future after all.
Tracked by cellphone
We know that technology can be used to track people's location via a cellphone, but how difficult is it for law enforcement to get a court order and do this legally?