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6 Months of Security Links #2011

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I’m a regular curator of daily links, and like to give overviews of my collection of curated links and posts. This is partly as there are some good sources and articles in here and as I am working on a research project which I started based on a number of books I read.

I’m sure you’ll find something interesting in the items below – there are some gems in the list – and I dare to hazard the guess you might learn something you wanted to know. 🙂

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

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Proof of Concept: e-NewsPaper #hardware #electronic

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When in 2000 Philips Research first announced their development of e-paper I was very excited I went as far as to investigate what would be needed to attach a microcomputer which could attach to the e-paper and create a real electronic NewsPaper. I got a microcomputer manufacturer, who gave me an option of including bluetooth so data could be transferred via a mobile device and was willing to integrate the e-paper. The specification that Philips had announced for the e-paper were not completely clear regarding the integration of the device, and we didn’t consider this to be too big an issue. And a friend had already been working on a mobile payment system, which I wanted to use. I even had a large content provider willing to fund a possible a PoC.

wireframe of a enewspaper device

The specifications for the device contained:

  • Mobile ARM processor
  • some MBs storage
  • some MBs memory
  • USB
  • BlueTooth using PDA Sync or Serial Port (COM1) with Data Transfer

The microcomputer was able to run a 2.4 linux kernel, with all of the hardware supported by the kernel. The only thing I would be required to do is write a driver for the e-paper, which I didn’t consider rocket science. The only real issue might have been battery-life, although the specification for the e-paper had extremely low power requirements.

Innocent as I was I thought that Philips Research would be overjoyed to have somebody ask them to produce a prototype with no cost to them. They didn’t even reply to my repeated mails.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

March 9, 2011 at 8:20 am

Intel Chips Contain Fatal Flaws

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Apple and Linux won’t protect you now, Intel Chips themselves contain serious flaws. According to Researcher to demonstrate attack code for Intel chips Kris Kaspersky knows how you can craft a TCP/IP packet or even JavaScript to reveal this flaw. (Presentation Title: Remote Code Execution Through Intel CPU Bugs)

It’s so simple really, Intel publishes these problems in their errata documentation.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 14, 2008 at 10:20 pm

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I want a GPS Video Camera and a little Laptop

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July 6, 2008 at 3:27 pm

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