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  1. Joint Waste Solutions – Piss Poor Security & Why Amey Nor Surrey Heath Borough Council Care

    June 14, 2018 by The Man

    I come across a few web sites with errors or issues and normally I’ll eventually find somebody to report those errors to and some are great, will fix and thank you, others will just fix and some never bother and their sites still have issues but the vast majority are not so piss poor secure I just move on. I don’t need to be thanked just for them to fix their sites.

    So over a month ago (may 2018) I came to https://www.jointwastesolutions.org so I could sign up for green waste collection, all pretty mundane until I tried to register on the redirect at https://jointwastesolutions.amcsgroup.com and it threw an error. Of course anybody who has ever worked with Windows, IIS and ASP.NET the first thing you should do is make sure custom errors are turned on, indeed they are now by default so somebody has gone out of their way to make the site less secure.

    The main reason for turning on custom errors is that without your site exposes information. In this case we can see that the site is running ASP.NET v4.6.1 which is currently 4 version out of date. It also shows that the server is using Windows 2012 which is “End of Life” in October 2018. So outdated software on a server running a nearly EoL operating system. A quick scan of the server shows it may not have been rebooted for over 400 days – so no Windows Updates !!!

    Well then let’s just hope it was set up securely….

    Nothing has been done to even remotely secure the server which leaves it open to all sorts of compromises e.g. cross site scripting. As you can see this cloud based server fails miserably.

    https://securityheaders.com/?q=jointwastesolutions.amcsgroup.com&followRedirects=on

    But at least it’s using SSL I hear you cry…. yes but much like the proverbial chocolate fireguard it’s so poorly configured as to make it almost pointless. It still uses SSL v3, is vulnerable to DROWN and POODLE, supports piss weak encryption. Now I never got as far as being able to put in credit card details or even bank details but this is clearly not PCI-DSS compliant.

    https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=jointwastesolutions.amcsgroup.com&latest

    You’d think that a company would be happy for somebody to quietly point out their errors but so far other a month I’ve been told by Amey’s social media team that they would pass on the information, and when nothing happened they just ignored me. Surrey Heath Borough Council originally told me as this was reported before 25th May 2018 it was not covered by the GDPR !!! So I emailed both data protection officers with the information and Amey have yet to reply and SHBC have sent two holding emails.

    I’m still trying to get to the ICO https://ico.org.uk but they seem very busy – let’s hope somebody else doesn’t or hasn’t found this childishly comically configured server. Personally I’d treat the server as compromised but then I’m averagely good at my job.

     


  2. Clever Scam & Why LinkedIn Is The Last Place To Look For Employees

    June 5, 2018 by The Man

    Received this email yesterday and it got me thinking why !?!?!

    Now it’s either a scam or hopefully a very clever person who was sacked from their last job. Let me explain.

    Imagine you were working at X company for a few years and one day they caught you stealing the one ply toilet rolls from the third floor loos. How are you going to get a job now ? Simple you just Google a list of companies that have closed in the last year as Digital Wired has. Add that to your C.V. and who’s going to query when you tell them the company went bust or lost a big contract etc. because who are they going to check with. Perfect and unless your HR department checked with the old directors who’s to ever know.

    I hope Daniel gets a job soon, if nothing but for his ingenuity 😊


  3. Change File Names of Videos in OSX with ExifTools

    March 26, 2018 by The Man
    1. Grab a copy of ExifTools from https://github.com/alchemy-fr/exiftool
    2. Run exiftool ‘-filename<CreateDate’ -d ‘%Y-%m-%d %H.%M.%S%%-c.%%le’ -r /Users/Depicus/Desktop/Videos

    Easy

     


  4. Plus Addressing (RFC 2822) and why it’s important

    January 15, 2018 by The Man

    The interweb is a scary place for even the most tech savvy users and handing out your personal information to all and sundry with their laissez faire attitude to data security is crazy. There are sites where you have to provide legitimate data, i.e. where you are purchasing something, so knowing which sites have poor data security can help you (and others) avoid them in the future. This is why I always use plus addressing.

    Plus addressing, username+siteyouarevisiting@emaildomain.com, is supported by many of the major mail vendors like Gmail and Outlook.com so plus addressing is available to most users. The genesis of plus addressing are from RFC 2822 and specifically s. 3.4.1 and s. 3.2.4 which basically define the part before the @ sign as the “local part” and should only be interpreted by the receiving domain. This allows for characters such as ! # $ % & ‘ * + – \ = ? ^ _ ` { | } ~

    Ok but why is this important, aren’t you just being anal ?

    Well the first time I knew it worked was when a company I’d booked a running event with sent me an email about buying email databases (the irony) now clearly there were two possible explanations. First they had sold my data or second that they had been hacked. Thankfully the credit card I’d used had expired. The second time was with Feiyu Tech who I suspect were hacked as they were sending me mail about buying womens bathroom products.

    Today I tried to make a donation on virginmoneygiving.com and got the following error.

    So a company as large as Virgin cannot get email validation right – what does that tell you. Well first that their developers probably just copied an email validation routine off the web without understanding what it does and their testers also signed it off. Secondly would you trust a company that cannot get the basics right with the storage of your data and credit card information ? I don’t.

     

     

     


  5. Apple’s Black Friday Con

    December 4, 2017 by The Man

    So it was time to replace my sofa laptop (a nice light one I do bits and bobs on and is currently a MacBook Air 11″) so I looked at the new MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar. The first “con” is that while Apple sells base systems to resellers you can only buy a fully specced out model from Apple direct. And that means no discount.

    So I ordered a near fully specced out MacBook Pro 13″ which wasn’t cheap but as it was Black Friday Apple were offering a “free” £120 gift card, and by free they meant they charge you £120 for it. Ok they take that off the price of the laptop but there are two problems with that.

    First this is for work so I can claim it back on taxes but they invoice you £120 less on the laptop and don’t provide an invoice for the gift card. So I’ve lost £120 in taxable deductions, bummer but not then end of the world.

    However secondly if like me the shitty DHL fail to deliver and like me you cannot wait 2 weeks to get a replacement from China then you’ll be refunded the cost of the laptop but not the gift card which is non-returnable. And what’s the point of a £120 gift card for Apple when there are few things you cannot get elsewhere cheaper, especially the tat they pass off as cables at some incredible prices.

    Lesson learnt – never buy from anybody who used DHL and avoid Apple Online Stores as the support is pretty crap.

    Sad really.


  6. Carphone Warehouse Review

    June 11, 2017 by The Man

    I wonder why Craphone Warehouse wouldn’t publish my review ?