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Archive for May 26th, 2017

What’s got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course • The Register

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/05/26

Penguinistas, rejoice: Tavis Ormandy lets you fuzz Windows

Cool, as they now can fuzz Windows Defender and have Microsoft make it better so all Windows 8+ users can profit from it.

Source: [WayBackWhat’s got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course • The Register


Via: [WayBack] WAT? – DoorToDoorGeek “Stephen McLaughlin” – Google+


Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows Server 2016 | Leave a Comment »

17 years ago, C:\nul\nul crashed/BSOD Windows; now $MFT does for Windows < 10

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/05/26


History repeating itself: [Archive.is31607 – C:\nul\nul crashes/BSOD then, now it’s this:


All versions prior to Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 seem vulnerable.

So add $MFT to this list:

The following device names have been known to render a system unstable: CON,

Oh BTW: history repeated itself this year too. With NUL

In short, Steven Sheldon created a rust package named nul which broke the complete package manager on Windows:

BTW: one of my gripes on learning new languages is that they come with a whole new idiom of their ecosystem: rust, cargo, crates, all sound like being a truck mechanic to me.


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Posted in Development, Microsoft Surface on Windows 7, NTFS, Power User, Security, Software Development, The Old New Thing, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Defender, Windows Development, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

Google DNS, Open DNS or your ISP DNS servers?

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/05/26

There are various arguments for using Google DNS ( or or Open DNS servers or not. A few are listed here:

It basically comes down to two things:

  1. DNS speed
  2. CDN speed (Contend Delivery Network providers like CloudFlare, Akamai, etc)

If your DNS server isn’t close to you, it might select a CDN server that is far from you. If you rely on CDN, then you need to weight in that factor.

This is how I decide:

  • devices not needing CDN: use Google DNS or Open DNS
  • devices needing CDN: use Namebench to pick fast DNS servers that are nearby based on Namebench reports with “Recommended configuration (fastest + nearest)”


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Forceer DigiD om SMS bij inloggen te gebruiken

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/05/26

Zonder SMS is het vrij makkelijk om iemand anders zijn DigiD te gebruiken.

Met SMS is dat een stuk moeilijker.

Het forceren van SMS bij inloggen kan via

Je moet EERST inloggen op, en daarna naar gaan (DigiD is niet slim genoeg om na het inloggen daarheen terug te gaan).

Kies daar deze optie:

  • Midden, ik wil inloggen met een extra controle via sms, ook wanneer Basis vereist is

Via: [WayBack90 procent van DigiD-gebruikers gebruikt dienst zonder sms-authenticatie -update – IT Pro – Nieuws – Tweakers


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