August 2003

“Fix” for MS03-032 w/ ASP.NET and IIS

This fix (or this one for Windows 2003 Server) for the “ohmygawd” security issue detailed in TechNet article MS03-032 (MSKB 822925) apparently breaks applications that run on an IIS installation that also has ASP.NET 1.0 installed. Fortunately there’s a workaround, detailed here which deletes and recreates the ASP.NET account. According to the ASP.NET web page, the problem only affects Windows XP Professional installations.

Couple of NBs:

* the TechNet article listed above contains a lot of extra information about the original flaw and the fix.
* this is a cumulative IE patch so it fixes several other problems and should bring your version of Internet Explorer up-to-date.

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Back to Tiny Firewall

I’ve gone back to the Tiny V5 beta. After changing networks 3 or 4 times and having to either reboot or remove my wireless card each time to regain network access, I finally pitched the ZA Pro trial. Too bad, too, cause I really wanted to like it — a friend of mine works there and it would’ve been mighty neighborly of me to use it. But the thing doesn’t even have an active ports display!

Next question is: is Tiny worth the price?

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TikiWiki : PHP-based Open Source portal

It’s been another busy week! While searching for some portal software for a friend of mine I ran across tikiwiki.org, a SourceForge project. Talk about ambition! And it looks like they’ve done a pretty good job of implementing it. It includes weblogs, wikis, forums (fora?), articles, group permissions, RSS feeds for nearly everything, email notification and incorporation of email into discussions, per user customizations and more.

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Oxymoron: Wireless security

Think MAC address filtering on your WAP makes your wireless network secure? — I did. Well, think again! The author of this article enabled WEP and MAC address filtering and turned off SSID broadcast and still managed to break into his own network in less than 2 hours. Course, for home networking, the question is how far do you need to go? Or maybe the question is what do you have on your home network that you wouldn’t mind sharing with a casual hacker?

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Truer words …

Today’s horoscope from MyWay. How could anyone ever doubt the veracity of astrologers? :))

Libra

You’d like to think of yourself as the answer person, but you’ll settle for being the resident idea generator. Brilliant thoughts flow through you as naturally as breathing. Idle words fall from your mouth with the ringing declaration of truth. If friends and associates are wise, they’ll harness your brainpower to drive engines of commerce or education. You deserve a lot more than you’re currently getting. Maybe this is the moment to renegotiate your contract. Popularity catches on like a trend or a rumor. What they’re saying is all true, though. Sometimes you even impress yourself.

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