Slightly less Random Ramblings

November 6, 2010

Noscript And Zimbra Problem

Filed under: computing, security — Tags: , , , , , — Robert Wicks @ 8:23 am

I log into a Zimbra server for email. I may be logged in on the local network, from outside, over the Internet, or across a VPN. The hostname is always the same. I found that I would have to actually quit Firefox in order to log back into Zimbra if I initiated a session over the Internet, and later made a VPN connection. I would see a white screen with a link in the upper left corner which said [Sign Out]. Clicking it did nothing. I actually had to restart Firefox. I discovered that this happened because of Noscript’s ABE protection. I did not wish to disable this, as it is a useful security feature. The solution is to go into the NoScript options, under ABE, and edit the SYSTEM settings. It normally says

# Prevent Internet sites from requesting LAN resources.
Accept from LOCAL

I added this line after the Accept lin:

Accept ALL from *.<mydomainname>

That fixed the issue. It might be advisable for people who use Noscript in a corporate environment with VPN access to add this to their ABE settings in order to prevent web application failures.


December 30, 2009

MSNBC as Government Shills (as usual)

Filed under: security — Robert Wicks @ 8:09 am

I was listening to an MSNBC podcast and the reporter said:

“As much as airline security has been tightened since 9/11, this attempt to bomb a plane bound for the US demonstrates this: that determined terrorists are constantly looking for gaps to exploit.”

Clearly, this is ridiculous. This incident has shown us many things, but that is not one of them. Among the things it shows us:

1) The government is as incompetent at performing basic security as it is at providing anything else of value.

2) In light of 1), Al Qaeda and its allies are not terribly interested in launching attacks on US soil. It would not, apparently be terribly difficult to do so if they actually had much desire.

3) Considering the attacks seen overseas, Islamic militants are mostly interested in attacking soldiers in Muslim areas and civilians who are living in occupied areas.

4) It is difficult to get someone who is both competent and smart to sign up for a suicide bombing mission.

December 18, 2009

Odd Secunia PSI Result

Filed under: security, software, Windows — Robert Wicks @ 9:49 am

I did a Secunia PSI scan on my Windows 7 laptop. It found no insecure programs, but gave this strange result:
Security Threats:
Secunia System Score: [?]
Secunia PSI WorldMap:
Your Secunia System Score of 100% is 5% HIGHER than the average user from Georgia, United States.
Compared to users WITHOUT the Secunia PSI installed, your Secunia System Score is 85% WORSE – install patches now!
Last Full System Scan: [?]
3 minutes ago
How could a 100% rating be 85% worse than anything? What an odd bug. Still, I highly recommend the tool for those interested in keeping a Windows PC up to date.

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