Monday, May 25, 2009

The Best IDP/IDS/IPS Intrusion Prevention System: Do you Really Need One?

In my normal line of work, I always get questions regarding certain technologies I use to secure my network beyond the usual firewalls

One of them is the IDS (Intrusion Detection System), IDP (Intrusion Detection and Prevention) and IPS (Intrusion Prevention System)...

It's just a play on words thou IDS is merely detection which is inutile since the damage may have been done already.

As for me I prefer the IDP/IPS particularly the inline type i.e. placed before the server/network to be protected rather than one that's just passively listening on a mirrored port.

But I was asked why it' took me so long to ever think of buying and justifying one. It's just that it's hard to justify expensive security systems if you're going to face traditional thinking superiors looking for security ROI.

I'm more into securing the hosts: the OS and apllication more than expensive security equipment...

adding an IPS is just another layer of security for me.

If you're looking for the best there is, I can;t make recommendations but it's always Tipping Point, Forescout, IBM's ISS et al or probably the free Snort :P

Friday, May 22, 2009

Latest Hayden Kho Sex Scandals: Katrina Halili, Maricar Reyes, Ruffa Mae Quinto Princess Velasco Video Downloads and Streaming

The country's full of problems and yet the issues are now obscured and moved out of the headlines with a string of recent Sex Scandals the latest of which stars Hayden Kho

There's Hayden Kho - Katrina Halili Sex scandal, Hayden Kho - Maricar Reyes Sex scandal, the newest Hayden Kho - Ruffa Mae Quinto Sex scandal, Hayden Kho - Pricess Velasco Sex Scandal Video and probably lots more...probably even Hayden Kho - Vicki Belo Sex scandal.

If you're looking for the latest Hayden Camera Sex Scandal, even the complete collection said to be about 40 videos, you won't find them here. no watch sex scandals video online nor free sex scandal video downloads even line free sex scandal video torrents.

Recording private acts is illegal as well as distributing them can get you in legal trouble. Remember too that you may not have a sister or daughter, i'm definitely sure you have a mother...

respect women, they're not objects to be treated like that.

UPDATE: Cases were filed against Viki Belo, Princess Velasco, Dr. Herbert "Bistek" Velasco and Eric Chua for allegedly conspiring to spread the sex scandal videos.

Latest News: July 3, 2009: The NBI raided the home of the alleged persons who first uploaded the video to the Internet on Flesh Asia Daily (www.fleshasiadaily.com), a celebrity/porn site maintained by JB Lazarte (since I prowl the Internet and once visited his website as he posts on PinoyBlogosphere yahoogroups, I've suspected Mike Chanco and JB Lazarte as one and the same, this hunch of mine was confirmed when I heard the news on TV)...this news serves as a warning to those who still spread video scandals...darn I recognized Palmer Mallari of the NBI-AFCCD on TV :P



Thursday, May 07, 2009

Statcounter Down, Unavailable, Unreachable or Bankrupt?

For a few days now I can't access Statcounter.com, my main website analytics script on my blogs. I simply can't access their website to get a snapshot of my daily visitors

What happened to Statcounter.com? there's no latest news and updates I can find there except in 2004 and also when thei datacenter went down due to a bomb explosion. What happened this time, I don't know. Chapter 11? bankrupt due to the economic crisis?

i may have to swtich to another web analytics to make up for the loss, Google Analytics won't cut it alone though I love theier integration with Adsense.

Firefox Crashes in Windows Vista Problem, Is there a Solution?

My Firefox 3 always crash randomly while browsing on Windows Vista Home Premium. Again, forums have no clear and definite cause and solution, not even on mozilla.com so i'm investigating this myself.

one of my observations is that it crashes everytime I click a link to open an email in gmail. Will have to check if it's the culprit or probably a Google Seach link will crash or have it shut down.

I'm also thinking of disabling all of my add-ons and plugins and enabling them one by one to eliminate my hunch that it's one of the Firefox extensions that's causing the crash. At first I suspected it's due to an update in one extension that's causing the crash (where in Windows XP, the browser just slows down or hangs, but not crash without any errors for forensics purpose)

McAffee Siteadvisor
NoScript
Adblock Plus
IETab
SearchStatus
CustomizeGoogle
Firebug
Add N Edit Cookies
Microsoft.Net Framework Assistant

As of now, I'm using Internet explorer 8 for my Gmail and blogger account. will test Firefox 3 with google if it still crashes, I might disable CustomizeGoogle first.

I will also try to simulate using Windows Saafe Mode

This will be updated until I find the solution myself or the problem solved somewhere on the Internet

UPDATE:
Windows Vista Firefox crash really caused by Gmail, I stopped using Gmail on Firefox and that solved the problem. I will simulate uninstalling one of the add-ons later to see if it still crashes. Maybe I start with Customize Google

SOLUTION: This problem was fixed recently with the release of Firefox 3.0.11. SO it's really a Firefox problem with Vista and not of any plugin that's why I wasn't able to fix it.

Windows Movie Maker Import MP3 Error and Solution on Vista

Feeling bored with nothing much to do, I tinkered with some pictures and decided to create a movie out of them with a background music using Windows Movie maker that comes with Windows Vista Home Premium

After arranging the storybook, I imported an mp3 file as background, but later decided to change it into another mp3 file but encountered error that the file can't be imported without any indication of the error.

I searched around for any solution to the problem, with various forums discussing the problem but never really offered a solution.

At this juncture, I tried to find the out myself how to solve it. I compared the 2 mp3 files for any differences (but rate, encoder, file size et al), tried to erase MP3 file information using the built-in properties editor of Vista to no avail.

When I noticed that the thumbnail of the mp3 file that can be imported into Windows Movie Maker was generic while the one that can't be imported has an artwork, I opened the mp3 file in iTunes and deleted the artwork.

I then tried to import the now artwork-less file in Windows Movie Maker and it worked (if it did not i migght try doing it in Windows XP Professional like the error of QuickPWN) I was able to finish the movie with my song of choice.

I know but I really don't like Vista, too many broken things left unexplained!



Wednesday, May 06, 2009

DIY iPhone 3G Jailbreak Greenhills (QuickPWN Windows Vista Problem)

With lots of time in my hands recently, I was finally able to have my iPhone 3G jailbroken, not in Greenhills, SM or any where in Manila but in the comfort of my own home

DIY jailbreaking How-to, you need these:

iPhone 3G
iTunes 8
QuickPWN 2.2.5
iPhone1,2_2.2.1_5H11_Restore (Apple Device Software Update File)
USB cable connected to the PC

Jailbreak procedure:
just extract the QuickPWN app, run QuickPWN then follow the instructions and you'll be set in about 15 minutes...

It's so easy. you don't have to pay P500 price for jailbreaking service cost in Greenhills as recommended by my friends!

My iPhone now has Cycorder video recording feature and SMS/text forwarding and a whole lot more.

Note: Tried to jailbreak on Windows Vista but QuickPWN just keeps on shutting down or stopping in the middle of the process. I tried using my old Windows XP and it's a one click success. A jailbroken iPhone can lose Globe warranty but restoring the original iPhone firmware is so easy using iTunes.