Hot Topics at Blackhat USA 2013

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Our government’s admitted spying activities have made this year’s blackhat conference more relevant than ever. There are several security training courses being offered at the week long event.

With more than three weeks before the course, the following sessions are already sold out:

ADVANCED C/C++ SOURCE CODE ANALYSIS
ADVANCED WINDOWS EXPLOITATION TECHNIQUES
HANDS-ON HARDWARE HACKING AND REVERSE ENGINEERING
PENTESTING SMART GRID AND SCADA WITH SAMURAISTFU
PENTESTING WITH KALI LINUX
PRACTICAL ARM EXPLOITATION
SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO
VISUAL ANALYTICS – DELIVERING ACTIONABLE SECURITY INTELLIGENCE

From that list its apparent that mobile/wireless devices are super Continue reading “Hot Topics at Blackhat USA 2013”

how to get started with Git/GitHub version control system on Mac OS

This is a basic introduction to the GitHub install process for Mac developers, who are interested in trying Git or need help setting up Git vcs for the first time.

Version control is one of the most important, but one of the most challenging areas in the software development process. I’d liken the experience to dental work, sometimes scary, maybe painful at times, but absolutely necessary for good health and longevity.

So, after not so pleasant experiences with: no versioning at all, versioning via IM, run-ins with SVN and others, I’m glad to finally be able to put GitHub to use to see how well it works for me and people I’m coding with.

While googling for GitHub and Mac, I was pointed to a great resource. It’s a video by the GitHub people recorded at Yahoo! Developer Network a few years back, entitled “Git, GitHub and Social Coding” Continue reading “how to get started with Git/GitHub version control system on Mac OS”

This blog is one-year old

Happy Birthday. I want to share some stats about what’s happened over the year since launch.

First, part of the reason I started this blog was to experiment with search engine optimization (SEO). I started from zero and watched each post rise and dip according to the rules around search, particularly around Google’s algorithm and each page’s Page Rank.

Okay, the numbers (according to Google Analytics)…
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Coldfusion Web Server-Client to throttle down or pace processing (pseudo-cron)

Today I wrote a small piece of code that I have wanted to use for some time now. I would rather have had found and ripped this code off of someone else online using a Google search, but either I wasn’t entering in the right phrases or no one has made their code easy enough to find.

Enough with the suspense already. I needed to run a bunch of SQL updates, but I didn’t want to tie up the system, so I was looking to, for lack of a better description, “pace” the batch processing. When looking at it, its admittedly simple, but I had a mental block trying to do this exclusively in coldfusion. This solution is a mix of CF and plain old web server plus web client.

Sure, I could have used cron, but this was a small job, and not worth the hassle for me. I’m sure someone has done similar before, but for those who are endlessly searching for this, like I had been, here you go. Also, I imagine many will have alternative methods or suggestions on improving this, please share with us and comment.

<cfparam name="start" default="1"> <!--- start with 1 --->
<cfparam name="next" default="0"> <!--- start with next as zero --->
<cfparam name="wait" default="60"> <!--- change the duration of the page refresh --->
<cfset start = next + 1> <!--- the counter --->
<cfif start eq 3> Done. <cfabort></cfif> <!--- puts an end to the refreshing --->
<html>
<head>
<title>Batch process</title>
<!--- this will use the parameters above and/or from the URL you enter to change the refreshing
in this case, I named the file "pace-batch-process.cfm" --->
<cfoutput>
<meta HTTP-EQUIV="refresh" content="#wait#;URL=http://www.yourdomain.com/pace-batch-process.cfm?next=#start#&wait=#wait#">
</cfoutput>
</head>
<body>
<cfif start eq 1>
Run the first thing
</cfif>
<cfelseif start eq 2>
Do the second thing
<cfelseif start eq 3>
Run the third thing
<cfelse>
Do nothing
</cfif>
</body>
</html>

Again, I imagine many will have suggestions on this, both positive and negative, please share and comment.