Category Archives: Security

So what’s web security all about anyway?

When you visit a webpage these days it’s not uncommon for it to require some personal details. You might be checking your bank balance, buying something by Credit Card or authorizing a payment to your electric company. All these examples … Continue reading

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Broken Debian Openssl

It’s been a day since news emerged of the long-term issue with the Debian packaged openssl. As demonstrated by the feedback to Ben Laurie’s Blog entry, this is a very high profile issue with plenty of opposing points of view. … Continue reading

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Who do I trust?

I recently read an excellent article by Ben Laurie that proposes methods that evil companies like Phorm could use to intercept SSL communications. This got me thinking about whom I actually trust when I’m using the Web. Most people install … Continue reading

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Examining X509 Certificates

I have to look up these commands far too often! Issuer openssl x509 -noout -in cert.pem -issuer Common Name openssl x509 -noout -in cert.pem -subject Validity Dates openssl x509 -noout -in cert.pem -dates Hash Value openssl x509 -noout -in cert.pem … Continue reading

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Windows Update

I just visited Microsoft’s Windows Update facility for the first time in a while. My one and only Windows PC has been acting up a bit and at such times I like to begin the diagnosis by updating everything. On … Continue reading

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Freenigma (The cost of user-friendliness)

Ben Laurie’s Blog drew my attention again this morning when I read his posting about Freenigma, a PGP/GnuPG plug-in for Firefox. This plug-in raises the question as to whether increased user-friendliness justifies a relaxation in security. In my opinion, this … Continue reading

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