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Pentester, ex-developer, security researcher, reverse engineer, electronics tinkerer, internet activist, zombie eradicator, promulgator of useless facts, shrubbery inspector, bacon aficionado, devourer of donuts.

Strengths: Security, Crypto, Win32 API, C#, .NET, PHP, x86 assembly

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awarded  Nice Answer
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awarded  Famous Question
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awarded  Notable Question
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awarded  Enlightened
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Nov
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comment Why wouldn't it be great, if HTTP/2 would only allow communication via TLS?
I think that it's important to state categorically that the primary intended benefit isn't to thwart agencies like the NSA, but rather to protect against criminal threats.
Nov
4
comment My college hosts a critically vulnerable service. I warned them 4 years ago. What should I do?
Keep in mind that schools and colleges are notorious for being over-reacting asshats in response to security notices. Kids have been kicked out or even arrested over them. My advice would be to tread very carefully.
Nov
4
comment Domain socket authentication as in MySQL and PostgreSQL secure?
As far as I'm aware, TCP/IP vs. Unix sockets are just seen as different communications layers, which the actual protocol is agnostic to. That being said, I've only taken enough of a look at the protocol to emulate a couple of the packet types, and that was entirely on TCP/IP.
Nov
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comment Domain socket authentication as in MySQL and PostgreSQL secure?
Anecdotal evidence: I know that by default MySQL will do some form of challenge-response auth which is difficult to break, but the actual communications after that are not encrypted by default. You also have to have encryption enabled on BOTH the client and server for it to be enabled. There's also no integrity protection - I wrote a small tool for injecting queries into existing connections.
Nov
4
comment Is there a reason to use TrueCrypt over VeraCrypt?
I'm with @CodesInChaos on this one. I may be ill, and it may be a coffee-less Tuesday morning, but I cannot fathom why anyone would think OTP would be even vaguely useful in FDE.
Nov
3
comment How do I block a blogspot site using hosts file?
Your browser probably has its own DNS cache, which is skipping the OS-level resolver. Try Ctrl+F5 to force refresh, or restart your system.
Oct
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awarded  Famous Question
Oct
27
revised Difference Between MD4 and MD5 encryption
Spelling and grammar.
Oct
26
comment When MBR pirates grin as an indication of absolute pleasure!
Just wipe the disk and start over.
Oct
26
comment Is it even possible to hack a television channel?
@EllieKesselman It's from the movie "Hackers", which everyone should definitely see. Cheesy as hell, soundtrack by The Prodigy, stars Angelina Jolie from when she was practically a kid.
Oct
25
comment What attacks, if any, are possible against Security Support Provider Interface (SSPI)?
@paj28 Sorry, yes, I should've been more clear. I guess I'm mainly referring to Negotiate and Digest SSP (SASL) as they're the two most common. But, as well as that, I'm interested in the security of how SSPI as an interface safely decides which protocol to use when there are mismatches in support between two endpoints.
Oct
25
comment Is it even possible to hack a television channel?
I would've thought this would be a better clip to pick :)
Oct
23
answered Windows: Any method to enforce user confirmation before the browser opens a URL requested by an external desktop app?
Oct
23
comment How “enforcable” are email disclaimers
@CarlosBribiescas That is an amusing thought. Sadly, I don't know the answer. It's probably never been tested in court.
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