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Jan
16
answered How do you know a computer is not compromised when you first get it?
Jan
2
comment Are older viruses removed from virus definition files?
I suspect that the answer is "no, they're never removed", as there's no incentive for A-V companies to remove signatures of old viruses. The old viruses never change, so the signatures can just rest in peace. On the other hand, if you take out a signature too early, well, "Virus Bulletin" might ding you when you can't detect EICAR.COM or something really ancient, Lehigh, maybe.
Dec
21
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Dec
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How can I explain SQL injection without technical jargon?
Dec
20
comment How can I explain SQL injection without technical jargon?
@Kevin - well, I believe this site has a pretty international audience. I've only written checks in the USA, I would guess that UK or European checks would work similarly, but I don't know personally. I haven't written many for some years. I mostly do payments on-line. So "back in the day" seems correct to me, as does "In the USA". Please accept my most humble apologies for any misapprehensions I might have promulgated. I only meant to give an analogy that might not apply anywhere outside the USA.
Dec
20
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Dec
20
comment How can I explain SQL injection without technical jargon?
@Kevin - I'm told that checks/cheques are pretty rarely used in the UK and maybe elsewhere in Europe. I very rarely write out a check these days, although I often do ACH, which doesn't require me to write much, if anything.
Dec
20
revised Where can a virus or other malware “hide” on common PC and Mac hardware?
Add a couple of links to presentations about PCI rootkit and ACPI BIOS rootkit.
Dec
20
awarded  Great Answer
Dec
20
answered How can I explain SQL injection without technical jargon?
Dec
16
answered Where can a virus or other malware “hide” on common PC and Mac hardware?
Dec
15
comment Lamp server sandbox for testing malicious php script
The difficulty with that is that calls to eval() can be arbitrarily obfuscated. If you don't discover and replace all calls to eval(), you can end up running the malicious code, instead of writing it to a file.
Dec
12
answered I think my server is under attack, what can I do to stop it?
Dec
5
revised A computing environment that saves no data
Better usage so wording is not so redundant.
Dec
4
answered A computing environment that saves no data
Nov
19
comment How do you explain the necessity of “nuke it from orbit” to management and users?
Good answer, KDEx: security is an economic good, with a cost and a value. My own thought is that the X% of malware is probably wildly overestimated, leading the the "nuke it from orbit" habit, but I've only really dealt with Solaris and Linux malware. Windows malware certainly sounds weirder and more persistent.
Nov
15
comment Determining how my Wordpress website was compromised
Why so skittish about details? Clearly, someone has figured these things out, and clearly they get used in the wild. Why bother concealing the details, if they make your explanation less clear, and more confusing?
Nov
15
comment Determining how my Wordpress website was compromised
Dear Mr Dali: I love your painting "Geopoliticus Child Watches the Birth of the New Man".
Nov
15
comment Determining how my Wordpress website was compromised
I'd be interested in how it got hacked. I see a lot of (apparently) WordPress vulnerability scanning in my access_log file, but I can't lure anyone into sending me their payloads, no matter what weak plugin I try to emulate. Actually, I think that a good proportion of the scanning for WordPress vulnerabilities just won't work - the skiddies involved got duped into running bad code.
Nov
9
comment Is there a website or free downloadable program to identify and remove malware from an ISO file?
Can malware infest an image file? I mean, beside naming an executable on Windows NudeJenniferLopez.jpg.exe and praying someoe is dumb enough to click it, does any image file format have enough executable or interperable parts to carry malware?