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Got this from AVG:

A potential threat for broadband routers has been announced. The exploit is popularly called "Drive-by Pharming". This new threat has the potential to allow an attacker to gain control over a user's broadband router and home network thus allowing the attacker to steal private information, install malware, or use the home network to distribute spam. The attacker would do this by creating a web site that pretended to be a legitimate web site such as a bank or online shopping site. When a user visited the site, malicious JavaScript embedded in the site would then launch and reconfigure the router to use the attacker's DNS servers instead of those prescribed by the user's ISP. DNS servers are similar to directories that cross reference information, similar to phone books. All computers on the internet have a numerical reference called an IP address. DNS servers cross reference web site names ( to the numerical address. Therefore, once the router is reconfigured, the attacker can redirect any name entered to a malicious site of his choice.

While there are no known cases of this particular exploit actually in use, proof of concept code has shown it to be possible and effective. Fortunately, simply changing the default administrative password of the router easily mitigates the risk! All broadband routers are shipped with an administrative account and a default password, usually something like "password" or "admin" and most users never change these to a stronger password. This is a relatively easy task, the user would just need to log into the router's IP address (usually something like or and log in with the default password - see the documentation or go to one of the online databases such as to determine the password. Then set a new password and you have mitigated the risk!

Tim Lytle [04/16/07 19:57:56] | 0 Comments | Point

Crorect Tish

Here's something for Harry, in case he ever tires of correcting my spelling.

Tim Lytle [04/08/07 21:06:32] | 0 Comments | Point

Make a Mark

Even though some think it useless, the ping TextMark is in the top of the TextMark directory.

Tim Lytle [04/06/07 10:07:35] | 0 Comments | Point

Backup Offer

Carbonite finished the backup of my audio files a few days ago. I started the trial a couple of weeks back. Couldn't keep it running all the time, but I had it up most of the time. So now there's 18 gig (yeah, 18 gig) of digital audio backed up on the Carbonite servers.

I like the system - while you can't backup network drives, or anything but local drives on a windows installation (as far as I know) - it does seem useful as a backup for things you keep on your local machine. In my case, the source files for the recordings I'm working on when I record outside the studio.

So a good choice if you travel with your work, when your documents are on your laptop. And if you're a single computer user without local network storage.

Try it yourself, use offer code "Bzz".

Tim Lytle [04/05/07 16:00:08] | 0 Comments | Point

Important Stuff

Need to store important stuff? Try Clipperz - More than a password manager.

It uses javascript to encrypt your data before sending it to the storage server, so the data should be safe.

I'm toying with the same kind of idea for my client's remote backups. I can't guarantee that the web servers I rent have the security needed to protect their sensitive files, but that doesn't matter if the data is encrypted before it's sent, it should be fine.

Tim Lytle [04/05/07 11:25:29] | 0 Comments | Point

Trip Weather

This is a cool utility for weather when traveling.

[Note: Aforementioned utility does not warn about the condition of your tires.]

Tim Lytle [04/04/07 06:20:26] | 2 Comments | Point


Pack up the kids, we're moving to Mexico.

Okay, so there's no kids, but still the world's second (or is it third) largest city, now with free wifi - that's better than the service I get.

Tim Lytle [04/03/07 18:00:57] | 0 Comments | Point

Google Fools

Can't wait to get home an try out Google's new service - TiSP. The site even has a Web 2.0 look to it. Cute little swish thing across the top.

Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines.

We're actively developing a higher-performance version of TiSP specifically tailored to small and medium-sized businesses, including 24-hour, on-site technical support in the event of backup problems, brownouts and data wipes.

Your FREE TiSP service includes a Google Toolbar-based analysis of your dietary habits and genetic predispositions, along with recommendations for healthier living.

And I've already archived my entire inbox with google paper

I think I archived the SPAM too, anyone one have a shredder?

Tim Lytle [04/01/07 19:50:01] | 9 Comments | Point

Mail to Web

No, not that Mail2Web, here's a little site that will give you a mail hostname, and then any mail sent to that hostname will be posted to the URL you provide.

This is usually done by editing the mailserver alias file to route an address to a script, however on shared hosting this isn't always possible (probably closer to this is hardly ever possible). Generally in your shared hosting administration, you don't see that kind of option. And they don't usually let you edit the mail alias files yourself.

But just give your script URL to mailhook, and you get a hostname to send messages to. Any e-mail sent to that hostname (or any domain that has that host as a MX record) gets sent to your script with a simple HTTP POST (the same method used by web forms).

Very nice concept. Too bad it doesn't seem to be working now.

If you're writing something like a listserver, something tells me you better just process the mail yourself. But if you just want to be able to e-mail your blog, or add e-mail functionality to a site on shared hosting, this could be very useful.

Tim Lytle [03/31/07 07:21:19] | 1 Comment | Point

Just To Keep You Happy

I know I haven't been giving the witty, intellectual, political commentary that was certainly more commonplace few years back. Anyone miss it?

Either way, here's a link to get you through the last day of the week, Rosie O'Donnell tells us all how it is on 'The View' (which for the record is not quite the same 'view' since she joined them).

If I can find a transcript I may just do a commentary on the whole thing.

And I think in the future I'll refer to Rosie using a phrase from my dad:

Me: You hear Rosie is on The Veiw now?

Dad: The obnoxious cow.

Tim Lytle [03/30/07 10:13:31] | 1 Comment | Point