Will Australian train stations one day be free of turnstiles? – Hardware – iTnews

2016/10/31

Before we go gateless, lets first get some wireless networking for commuters huh?

Inside transport ticketing’s gateless future.

Source: Will Australian train stations one day be free of turnstiles? – Hardware – iTnews


Cloud Computing Security for Tenants: ASD Australian Signals Directorate

2016/10/31

A short and useful guide for organisations with a security consciousness wanting to get on board with a Cloud provider.

This document is designed to assist cyber security teams, cloud architects and business representatives to work together to use cloud services securely.

Source: Cloud Computing Security for Tenants: ASD Australian Signals Directorate


Download Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) from Official Microsoft Download Center

2016/10/31

Why am I only finding out about this tool now? How long has this been around?

The “Local Administrator Password Solution” (LAPS) provides management of local account passwords of domain joined computers. Passwords are stored in Active Directory (AD) and protected by ACL, so only eligible users can read it or request its reset.

Source: Download Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) from Official Microsoft Download Center


Fixing Microsoft Site can’t be reached error in Chrome – gHacks Tech News

2016/10/31

I’ve been having problems over the past few weeks getting to Microsoft downloads using Chrome on my MacBook. The fix in this article worked a treat.

Source: Fixing Microsoft Site can’t be reached error in Chrome – gHacks Tech News


NCSC UK on Twitter: “Do you need to procure a Security Operations Centre from a 3rd party? Make sure to read our buyers guide first! https://t.co/PcNvnpWi1p https://t.co/WoY3PGOYcD”

2016/10/31


Who knew building a new Windows 7 VM was so hard?

2016/10/28

Recently I had to build a new Windows 7 VM on my Mac. I run Fusion 8.5.

This is a fairly standard and trivial activity.

  • Create new VM
  • Install OS (x64)
  • Install SP1.
  • Apply Windows Updates

Except for the fact that when it came to installing Windows Updates, the damn machine would NEVER display a list of available updates. The VM would sit there for hours and days with svchost.exe chewing ~50% of the CPU. The c:\windows\windowsupdate.log would not shed any light on what was going on.

Turns out this is a known problem that has been around for awhile now.

http://superuser.com/questions/951960/windows-7-sp1-windows-update-stuck-checking-for-updates

Windows 7 stuck on “Checking For Updates”

And many many more posts in answers.microsoft https://goo.gl/0uZmtV

More concerning was the discovery that the fix seems to vary on a case by case basis.

The method for success I eventually devised was:

  • Create new VM
  • Install OS (x64)
  • Install SP1
  • Power on
  • Set the Windows Update service to Manual start.
  • Configure the Windows Update client to not allow other uses to install updates.
  • Activate Windows.
  • Disconnect the virtual NIC from the network.
  • Reboot.
  • Install KB3020369. Reboot.
  • Install KB3125574. Reboot.
  • Install KB3172605. Reboot.
  • Reconnect the virtual NIC to the network.
  • Force a check for updates.

After a period of time a list of available updates will be displayed.

 


Distrusting New WoSign and StartCom Certificates | Mozilla Security Blog

2016/10/28

Source: Distrusting New WoSign and StartCom Certificates | Mozilla Security Blog

Bad CA. I regularly see CAs called Snake Oil merchants. If you’re not already looking at letsencrypt.org for your certifcate needs its time to start.