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Security: The Same Mistakes in 2009 1 January, 2009

Posted by aronzak in security, Virtualisation, Windows.
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An article that was on Slashdot today shows that after the malware makers that brought us “XP Antivirus 2008” have now made “XP Antivirus 2009”, which has infected over 400,000 PC’s. Have you updated to the latest threat? Now, new and improved, this version is compatible with Vista.

The inevitable question we must ask is are users getting any smarter about security? And the real question is will computer security ever be able to defend dumb users from themselves. Probably not. You can make something as annoying as UAC and users will still get hit.

*sigh*. In other news, the results of a “malware challenge” are out, with reports produced on how malware works and what it does to computers. Using a safe virtualised environment, the top entry, by Emre Bastuz examines the changes to the Windows registry that a virus makes, and sets up a fake network to observe the virus keylogging Windows and sending data back to the ‘host’ server by IRC. Pretty cool. I was thinking, would it be possible to make an open source tool that can automate this some of process and make it easier to respond to malware in the wild? Doing something like this would be fun and could help projects like ClamAV, an open source antivirus program.

Black Meets White; Virtualbox in Ubuntu Intrepid 28 August, 2008

Posted by aronzak in Linux, Ubuntu, Virtualbox, Virtualisation, Windows, Windows 2000.
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I installed an alpha of Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (8.10) just now. Virtualbox is an application developed by Sun that has a free and open source version. Virtualisation software can be used to run a full windows environment to run those annoying apps that have bugs, or just won’t work in wine. (Wine has come a long way, but it’s still not really there.) The best feature of virtualbox, something beating commercial products is the ability to run in “integrated mode”. After installing, simply press Hostkey(Right Ctrl by default) and L. Voila.