* Posts by Martin Smith 2

10 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Obama drops Twitter bombs on debt-ceiling foes

Martin Smith 2

Interesting article on the origins of the tea party


Google tweaks search results with mystery site speedometer

Martin Smith 2

They already do!

@jeanl They already do that. They have links in the search results saying "This site may harm your computer"

Adobe mulls changes to close hole in PDF apps

Martin Smith 2

Edit > Preferences Menu

Just disabled the non PDF file attachments and what on earth is all that other nonsense in that menu. I just want to read PDFs not track RSS feeds, run Javascript or do any geospatial calculations!

Ex-Army man cracks popular security chip

Martin Smith 2


I'd be interested to see this presentation but Google isn't coming up trumps at the moment.

Adobe Reader vuln hit with unusually advanced attack

Martin Smith 2

Another software updater

Instead of every company making their own software updater can't we just have a unified system for this built into Windows?

Microsoft IIS vuln leaves users open to remote attack

Martin Smith 2

Still not getting it

The issue isn't really anything to do with the criterium for "executable by webserver" is the three-letter file ending.

The problem is people setting up a folder to hold user generated content under the web site root (as it needs to be served by the web server) but forgetting to deny IIS execute access for scripts on that folder. Maybe as they figured that it could only hold innocuous content anyway.

I've only used IIS 4 - 6 so maybe this has been improved in IIS7 but forgetting to reproduce these permissions is too easy to do when creating new sites by XCopy.

Ten years of .NET - Did Microsoft deliver?

Martin Smith 2

It isn't an interpreted language

It is JIT compiled and possible to use NGEN to compile in advance.

Sequoia opens kimono with e-voting code handout

Martin Smith 2


Many of your example vulnerabilities aren't possible in C# hence making the language more secure.

Google not liable for defamatory search snippets

Martin Smith 2

@AC 21:12 GMT

On the Google UK page click the link that says "Go to Google.com"!

Microsoft bribes Oz to ditch Firefox

Martin Smith 2

First Clue

"3000 Upside Down" = WWW