Archive | November, 2017


We are Root – Major MacOS Security Flaw

I don’t normally do ‘breaking news’ but this one’s pretty big.  There’s a login flaw in MacOS High Sierra that allows anyone with physical access to a running machine to gain root privileges – we are all root (apologies to the guardians of the galaxy).  Details here: The workaround in the story, and from [...]
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Denali on a ‘clear’ day

Visiting Denali national park is always spectacular, and no matter the weather, there's always good shooting.  If it's rainy or overcast the critters come out, and if the sun's shining, you might be one of the 30% of visitors who get to see the peak itself.  This was on our last day of the trip, [...]
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Friday Photo – Flying Sea Lion in the Great Southern Ocean

When we were in Tasmania, we took a photo cruise down into the great southern ocean.  The scenery was spectacular (I'll share those another time), and there was tons of wildlife.  On an island off the south tip there was a huge colony of sea lions basking on the rocks.  Somehow this one had climbed, [...]
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FaceID – When Form Trumps Function

I’m an Apple guy – Mac, iPhone, iPad, and watch. I switched my family and friends over years ago, which reduced my technical support immeasurably. There’s a lot of good things to be said for their products, though recent trends have put form over function to the detriment of users. The latest case in point […]

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Termination Dust in Estes Park

My wife and I try to get into the mountains as often as we can, and aren't about to let a little weather get in the way.  This past week, we went up to Estes Park, and woke up to 14 inches of new termination dust on the ground - summer is truly over up [...]
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(c) 2017 Doug Lhotka

Enough already – get rid of default passwords

There’s been chatter about yet another botnet starting to form using insecure IOT devices.  Many of these are hacked because users never bother to change the default password, which is definitely bad behavior, but it’s also a cop-out by the vendors. The real problem is faulty design.

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Friday Photo – Vatican Gallery at Night

When we were in Rome a couple of years ago, we did something for the first time - we paid for a tour.  Usually the thought of shuffling along with other tourists just wasn't attractive.  For the Vatican though, the crowds can be stifling and detract from the experience, so we signed up for a [...]
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Adopting an industrial mindset: Cyber Safety

We’ve always said that there’s two kinds of organizations, those that have been hacked, and those that don’t know they’ve been hacked.  Yet security teams are still having problems getting resources and attention from our business stakeholders, particularly in industrial companies that consider IT and technology a back office problem. Over my career I’ve worked [...]
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