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Vista
Aug 10

Black Hat and DefCon, the premier Information Assurance venue for bleeding edge vulnerability and exploit research just wrapped up in Las Vegas.

The Good: The published presentations including a host of discussion about security in a virtualized environment, the sad state of Microsoft SQL Server security, and much, much more. Topping it all off was the announcement of the Windows Vista security bypass exploit via the browser by Mark Dowd and Alexander Sotirov. This is a particularly bruising find on Microsoft’s latest flagship, as it is quite a resource consumer, fairly annoying to use, but at least it was secure… Maybe now is a good time to try Ubuntu?

The Bad: The Pwnie Awards.  Unless you are in the ‘Most Innovative Research’ category, this is BlackHat’s Hall of Shame for security shortcomings.   A lesson learned from other’s mistakes is hopefully a lesson you don’t have to experience first-hand!

And the Ugly: A group of reporters from E-Week were covering Black Hat 2008 for their Security News.  They were too lazy to use their secured VPN to log into their home servers, so they just let their credentials pass in the clear… At a hacker convention… The shameful part is they threw the three responsible attendees out when they tried to submit these credentials to The Wall of Sheep.

Brian Fedorko

May 28

VMWare FusionDear Parallels,

I’ll always cherish the time we spent together. You saved me from the social stigma of needing a rack of boxen against the wall so I could test drive Red Hat, Ubuntu, and SUSE all within 10 minutes on a MacBook. You allowed me to use Microsoft Windows in the same manner that I use Kleenex™ - Once it was filled with Mal-Ware, I could simply throw the mess away, and a new clean one would be ready for use. You helped me explore why ‘upgrade’ is the wrong verb to use when describing the migration from XP to Vista.

I’ll remember our halcyon days of yester-year with misty water-colored memories. But since I have met VMWare Fusion, I can not be parted from it. Not only does it seamlessly share appliances with ALL VMWare products (Including ESX Server - More to come on this essential technology), but it is much faster (Note to CNET: Is there a sane rationale for virtualizing Windows on a Mac to run Adobe Photoshop?). And then there are the free promises of FusionV2

DirectX support. Multi-Screen Support. A free upgrade & a $30 rebate, and I could have been knocked over by a feather.

Thank you for the fond memories, Parallels. Perhaps we will meet again in the future.

Brian Fedorko