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Jan 20th

2013

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Old Browsers

I am so sad – but while I had the old versions of Operating Systems fired up for my previous post – I couldn’t resist having a look at some modern websites with the default browser that came with them. Specifically I looked at IE2 (NT 4), IE5 Windows 2000) and Netscape Communicator 4.76 As might […]

Jan 20th

2013

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O/S Boot Times

We got a new Lenovo T430U yesterday and with its new SSD we discovered it boots from the BIOS to Windows 8 in three seconds. I remember corporate machines back in the 90s taking 20 minutes to boot – so I got to thinking – is the improvement the modern hardware or the modern OS […]

Jan 17th

2013

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Review of the Surface RT

I bought the Surface RT back in November as a replacement for the Iconia W500 Tablet I reviewed on this site previously.  Having had it for a few months now – I thought it would be about time for a review.  I’ve read some shocking rubbish about the Surface specifically and Windows 8 in general – […]

Jan 17th

2013

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Securi-Tay2 Conference

We both attended the Securitay2 Conference in Dundee yesterday.  This was organized by the students from the Ethical Hacking course at Abertay University – and it turned out to be really good.  I’ve been to a number of professional conferences such as 44Con and BruCon – and I thought the home-brewed Scottish version was just […]

Mar 25th

2012

By scotsts_admin
Category: Hardware
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Windows 8 on the Acer Iconia W500 Tablet

Not really security related but I recently aquired a Windows tablet in order to try out the touch features of Windows 8.  It was quite an interesting experience getting the new OS on to it, but now I have, I’d like to compare the W500’s features and performance with the iPad I have been using […]

Jan 13th

2012

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Getting the best from your Web Application Pentest

Getting the best from your Web Application Pentest We’ve noticed during the many penetration tests we have carried out, that a lot of companies do not always get the best value for money from the tester’s time they have paid for.  Below are some general observations from a tester’s point of view, and some hints […]

Jul 30th

2011

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From PoC to Shell – CVE-2010-1871

I had a chance to look at CVE-2010-1871 recently which is a vulnerability in JBoss expression language.  As it was an interesting looking vulnerability, I thought it’d be worth walking it through to the point of getting a shell on a vulnerable box, and as it took a bit of fiddling and googling on my […]

Jul 30th

2011

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B-Sides London Videos & Presentations Up

Over the last little while some of the videos from B-Sides London have been getting put up on-line, well worth a look if you get a chance. The presentations are over on slideshare and the videos are on blip.tv The slides for my talk “Pen Testing Must Die” are here and the video is here

Jun 1st

2011

By scotsts_admin
Category: Ruby
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Scottish Ruby Conference Videos Up.

The videos from this years Scottish Ruby Conference are up now at Confreaks .  As usual there’s loads of good content there, but interestingly some of my favourite talks of the ones I attended were the ones that didn’t directly deal with a specific aspect of ruby coding but were more general. There was this talk […]

May 22nd

2011

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Category: Introductions
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Welcome to the ScotSTS blog

Hello and welcome to our new blog.  We’ve merged in the content from Rory’s old blog and spruced it up with the excellent Centita theme.