Remmina's Keyboard Layout Segfaults

Being South African, it has always been natural for me to choose the ZA keyboard layout along with other ZA localisation options. However, for a number of years, my remmina experience has been haunted by a weird segfault issue related to my chosen keyboard layout - ZA. Since this issue…

Specialists and Generalists

Disclaimer: Whilst I can easily categorise myself as a generalist, my familiarity of some the industry leaders within the various fields of Information Security prevents me from considering myself a true specialist of any subset of knowledge. How could any modern-day painter rank himself at the same level of a…

The Sleeping Bug (re)Awakens

With close onto five years of an idling blog, it's fair to say that I'd easily win the blog-version of IdleRPG if pitted against my friends like singe. For far too long, I've allowed the chaos of life to glue-down many of my thoughts as mere drafts on this blog.…

Tablet Take-up

I've fallen victim to the tablet PC craze and recently acquired a Sansui LifePad (ETAB) 700. In all honesty, it wasn't completely my fault. I just happened to be casually browsing an Incredible Connection store that happened to be giving the on-sale device away for a measly R999. Like my…

Bitcoins and Geek Security = ?

Many tech-savvy geeks over-engineer the simplest of solutions, solely for extensibility. Moreover, security-minded geeks tend to be unusually paranoid and enforce (sometimes complex) security practices accordingly. Neither of these should be seen as faults, but rather as unique traits that us (as geeks) often share. Bitcoin, the first P2P crypto-currency,…

Enabling KDE Plasma Netbook Workspace on OpenSUSE 11.4

Update: After many years away from RPMs, I still cannot stand them and have uninstalled OpenSUSE. Also, Unity-2D is available through the base repositories. While this is closer to the 10. Unity than the 11. Unity, it's fine. I'm still sticking to KDE4 on the netbook though, but using Kubuntu…

Mimicking Command Prompt with a Batch Script

Without a doubt, kiosk hacking assessments have the simplest objective... Gain command execution! During one of my engagements, I was provided with locked-down desktop that had most/all functionality disabled. The user account, of course, was unprivileged. The system administrators blacklisted cmd.exe (Command Prompt) but did not prevent the…

Sony: You disgust me!

It disgusts me whenever I think about the manner in which Geohot is be prosecuted by Sony. Unfortunately, there are number of journalists (with absolutely no concept of vulnerability research or security for that matter) determined to portray George as a criminal that hacked the PS3 only so that pirated…