MonthSeptember 2014

Soo you thought heartbleed was bad, along comes shellshock.

Well it seems that there is a nasty that has recently hit the wire about something being called shellshock.

There is a pretty good article about it at

You dont think it affects you?
Think again and think carefuly.

Are you connected to the internet by a modem that is provided by your ISP? Then there is a good chance that it runs some form of *nx type shell under the hood and therefore you could be vulnerable.

Read over the linked article.

Thanks to a collegue of mine, Ian Barry, for bringing this to my attention.

The short version, which is overly simplified is ….
If you have any device that runs a bash shell then you are likly vulnerable.
Most internet enabled devices that are not windows have a chance of running a shell of some sort, not necessarily bash, but do you want to take that chance?
Don’t be nieve and think that you wouldnt be targeted because you a small/home user. You to have valuable information protect it.

Disclaimer: Just because windows does not natively run bash, it can be user installed.

Sooo internet fast lanes…

Soo internet fast lanes…

There has been alot in the media recently over this particular topic and I thought to write my 2 cents worth.

NOTE: This is MY opinion and no one elses.

We sit at an interesting junction point in teh internets life.
If the fast lanes are not stopped in there tracks I believe we will see a horribly segregated internet, where the end user gets the short end of the stick.
ISP clients paying for certain bandwidth will not get what they pay good hard earned money for unless the content provider pays more and more cash to the big telcos.

This will mean that if I wanted to build a new service that required good steady and quality bandwidth it would be impossible without a substancial financial penalty for my innovation This very simply is something we should voice our concerns and opinions about.
It has an impact on every single internet user.
It has a NEGATIVE impact on every single internet user.

I will always come back to a reasonably simplistic argument here and that is, money.

The government controlling telco companies put alot of money into elected officials and with a relatively simple purpose. Help them to maintain the revenue streams.
They are not out to help clients, you and me, they are out to pay there top few 6+ figures a year.

And stop, take a breath.

Now moving on back to what I was saying.

I believe that internet fast lanes are a bad idea for every internet user.
Simple services that we expect to work, based on our existing contracts with ISPs.
*Insert finger pointing here* when connections get slow or content cannot be provided at all.
At this point the ISP simply passes the buck, “They havent paid for the fast lane, but you are in a x number of year(s) contract so you cant change to another ISP without penalty”.

So add your voice to the list of voices apposed to internet fast lances. Oh this is not a petition it is a campaign against internet fast lanes.

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