Recently I was listening to Episode 66 of PaulDotCom Security Weekly and they briefly touched on Packetfence. Packet Fence is a Open Source NAC. This is the first time that I have really gotten hand on a NAC. I have heard of NAC and at ShmooCon Labs, I was part of Simple Nomad’s team and Vernier’s IPS/NAC. However, I didn’t get a chance to get hands on during the con. So that puts me in the “noob” category.
So you couldn’t make it. No worry, you have undoubtedly been going through the videos from shmoocon already. If you haven’t yet, you should, they were well done and better than last year. But, what you might not have done yet is the Hack or Halo contests. Update: We’ve determined the images have become corrupt during one of the transfers and have been taken offline until the problem has been fixed.
The contest that won two “hackers” PS3s at ShmooCon is now open to the public. I found this post on http://hkashfi.blogspot.com/index.html ShmooCon07 “Hack it” Contest During Shmoocon2007 there was a contest open to interested hackers. If you’re curious about it but hadn`t chance to join the con, well it’s still open for you to check your skills but don’t expect any reward :> If you like to get familiar with challenges in Cons, you can try this one.
So, it’s over. ShmooCon and the meet up is finally over. I had a blast, but it put a tax on my time like you wouldn’t believe. I can’t imagine what life is like for the Shmoo group, especially Heidi. I will be posting all of the pictures on flickr shortly. I got to do a lot of other things at ShmooCon other than just the meet up. I had the distinct opportunity to help bag over 1000 bags with swag, Shmooballs, and adverts.
I know that I said this was going to be a security blog, but I figured I would continue on my rant on Vista after this happened. Ok, so there I was… I saw on Betanews.com a article on Vista Hardware Assessment Tool Addresses Upgrade Dilemmas by Scott M. Fulton, III of Betanews, which toted of a Windows XP tool to check for hardware compatibility for Vista. Curiosity got the best of me, so I downloaded it (25.
First of all, every blog entry on every blog, is in fact a RANT. So, stating that one is, is kind of pointless. That being said. Here is my rant: Now that I have changed this part of my blogisphere, I have been getting guff about not covering certain exploits and 0-days. So here it is: Microsoft Excel 0-day The easiest way to make a unix based system (Mac) insecure:
Alright, before you start sending hate mail or posting comments on how you hate my mother for giving birth to me, bare with me. So, Microsoft puts out their new operating system that is “A New Day”. Microsoft at the launch states that they are already “full speed ahead on SP1”. Microsoft releases that they will be releasing Vienna’s successor in 2009. Those are the facts. Or, as I like to call them “Time-insensitive” facts.
I’m going to start this whole security thing by taking a look at the new BitLocker technology built in to Vista. Before I begin, I want to specify that I am by no means an expert on BitLocker and all of my information comes from the Microsoft site and a face to face with the engineers at Launch Tour 2007. So lets begin with requirements. You must have a modern motherboard which has a “TPM” or Trusted Platform Module.
Well, since they mentioned room362.com on Hak.5 live, I guess I have to update this more often. At first I was updating my Vox and this with the same stuff, and then it became just Vox. So I have decided to separate the way I use each. From now on this will be a security blog. More to come. (Yes, actually)