Security Problems and Government 2.0

The other day, I made a very serious point about the fad that is “Government 2.0”. I was pleased by the amount of attention it received and the large number of very reputable and poignant comments it recieved. However, it was largely a philosophical post, and did not provide anything concrete. Today, that concrete example […]

10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.6

WordPress 2.6 is around the corner (sometime next week, it looks like), and as usual, there’s a bunch of changes, improvements, enhancements that have went into this version. In my opinion, this is an odd major release. While there are certainly major new changes that warrant a new major release, much of the release consists […]

NSA: in ur treo eavesdropping on u. Kthxbai

A story breaking in the security community but I’ve filed under “Does this surprise anyone, really? Come on!” has to do with smartphones running Windows Mobile. According to the filing from Cryptome.org reports that there is a Windows OS backdoor being used by the National Security Agency and agencies and contractors employed by the federal […]

How to Handle Security Flaws

Yesterday, over at Blog Herald, the new management demonstrated the entirely wrong way of handling security flaws. (The flaw I detailed here) WordPress celebrated it’s 500,000 install last month and cheers to them. The platform is stable, fast, easy to use. It has no cumbersome plugin architecture (like Textpattern). That’s not to say that it […]

WordPress 2.0.6: CRITICAL Security Release

WordPress 2.0.6 was released today. This is a critical security release (There are at least two security flaws that I know of that were fixed in this version). I went ahead and upgraded all of our blogs successfully. If you manage more than, say, 10 blogs then perhaps Brian Layman’s script will be useful for […]