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September 19th, 2003 - That chubby swede — LiveJournal
<rant>Apparently the software vendor that delivered our advertising system is about the evilest company, they have put in tripwires in their system... so, if there is anything suspicious going on they can shut down the server remotely according to our head of marketing... the company's marketing model is quite bizarre, to even make a pre-study for a quotation on a new feature, they'll charge something in the neighborhood of $15k... just to make an estimate about how many man-hours the development would take... I've never heard of anything like it... it's customer driven development, not the other way around (like in the real world). Every time they update anything in the system, the db (which they had a university to do a study on, they didn't even know how their own system worked) or any one of the sixteen interfacing applications that can connect with their system, something else brakes... for which they charge for a few man-hours for support when their technicians have to do on-site support, like applying patches or just have a four hour coffee break.</rant>

Went to mom and dads place this evening with my brother... mom was a bit confused about my blood type, AB+ ... no one in the family has that type as far as she knows... must be the mailman or the milkman.

Current Mood: calm calm
Current Music: Timo Maas - Loud - Shifter (Feat MC Chickaboo)

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I had opera reload the URL http://sitefinder.verisign.com/spc?sb=verisign+sucks+goatscrotums&searchboxtype=2&Search=Search every 5 seconds.

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed
Current Music: Apoptygma Berzerk - Half Asleep

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Come to think about a little utility I used during the DOS days, NETRUN... a little program that converted .com and .exe files to executable text-files. Truly ASCII files. The technique used to achieve this was a hand crafted UUE decoder that were added on top of the encoded data that represented the executable... what if that technique were applied to a polymorphic virus/worm?

As most of todays virus scanners does heuristic and scan string search through files, they would be rendered useless... as they'd consider a file with 100% readable characters as a text file or perhaps as a script... but they would not try to decode it unless it's obvious that it is UUEncoded. Even if they did, there could be an encrypted layer which scanners would not recognize as an executable.

... and it wouldn't be that hard to hand craft together a decoder that would run under Win32...

Current Mood: amused amused
Current Music: Juno Reactor - Bible of Dreams - Children Of The Night

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