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Archive for March 14th, 2016

Delphi: disable or change your welcome page to not use the Embarcadero site (as that site has been hacked twice this weekend)

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/03/14

Initial hack

Initial hack – image via the forums server.

This weekend, the Embarcadero web site was hacked by AnonCoders. Not once (see also [WayBack] G+ link and [WayBackDelphiPraxis link and [WayBackimage) but at least twice (see also [WayBackG+ link and [WayBackimage and [WayBackDelphi Praxis link and [WayBackimage) where the initial hacked simple text “Hacked By AnonCoders ~ Cyber Caliphate” after having been reverted back to the site – hopefully by Embarcadero staff – was replaced with [WayBack] more graphical content later on.

Hack presenting itself in the IDE

Hack presenting itself in the IDE – image via the forums server.

The Welcome Page inside the Delphi IDE uses the Embarcadero web site, so the Delphi IDE Welcome Page was also affected (see also [WayBackthis G+ link).

Because the IDE uses this on-line content, potentially any code could be executed inside the IDE (apart from that page being loaded over http, so any man-in-the-middle could abuse this, but I digress). This imposes a security risk as many developers run the IDE from accounts having more rights than the average user.

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Posted in Delphi, Delphi 10 Seattle, Delphi 2005, Delphi 2006, Delphi 2007, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Delphi XE5, Delphi XE6, Delphi XE7, Delphi XE8, Development, QC, Software Development | 13 Comments »

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Posted by jpluimers on 2016/03/14

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PS: note there is no  TLS available, so fails. I have notified them about that.

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Upgrading from OpenSuSE 13.1 to 13.2

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/03/14

As etckeeper wasn’t available in the “normal” OpeenSuSE 13.1 package, I used the steps below to upgrade to 13.2 after reading SDB:System upgrade – openSUSE and How To Upgrade To openSUSE 13.2 From openSUSE 13.1 | Unixmen.

Note I installed inside tmux (to prevent any ssh disconnects from screwing the upgrade process):

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TeamViewer Portable on Windows without UAC breaking it

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/03/14

TeamViewer Portable (and its cousin TeamViewer QuickSupport) is a great tool for the occasional helping out of friends, but both Portable and QS don’t play well with UAC:

Your partner’s desktop is no longer accessible.

Probably you used a program that requires additional permissions.
Please wait until your partner has granted these permissions.

Many suggest to install the full TeamViewer client, but that is a bit against the point of occasional helping.

A practical solution is much easier: start either Portable or QS with using Run As Administrator once, and it works perfectly fine.


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