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13-Mar-2017
Obfuscating PHP source code with Maven and YAK Pro PO
I'm very close to being able to release a PHP project that I've been working on and started looking at code obfuscation to make it a little bit more difficult for anyone looking to take my code and run with it. I looked at YAK Pro PHP Obfuscator for this purpose and liked how easy it was to configure and use. However, I wanted it to work with Maven since I already use that to minify my JavaScript.
02-Jan-2017
How to open apps from unidentified developers on macOS Sierra
In macOS Sierra, the security around apps from unidentified developers has really been tightened. In previous releases of the OS you were given an option to open the app if it came from an unidentified developer but it seems that Sierra just gives you the 'OK' option and will not launch the app. There is a way around it however so read on for how to do it.
15-Dec-2016
Six must do tips to secure your laptop while travelling abroad
I've just recently come back from a round-the-world holiday (which was blogged about here) and of course I had a travel laptop with me the whole time. Being security aware and generally a little paranoid about people getting access to my data I took a few precautions before leaving for this vacation. Here are six must do tips that any traveller with a laptop should follow before setting foot at the airport.
09-Jun-2015
CVE-2015-4399 Manipulation that targets missing input validation in SEO Metatag Info plugin for FlatPress
This is a description of a vulnerability I found in the SEO Metatag Info Plugin for FlatPress that allows an attacker to fill up the target web servers disk by issuing repetitive GET requests in a specific format. The download link to the plugin has now been removed from the user contributed plugin list.
03-Jun-2015
Hilton's website is using the wrong SSL Certificate for days now
I've been checking Hilton's website on a regular basis this week (I travel on a weekly basis). For the entirety of this week, it's been giving me an SSL error - Safari can't verify the identity of the website "www3.hilton.com". It looks like the certificate is for a248.e.akamai.net. Now there is no reason not to trust Akamai, but having the wrong certificate for a domain is always a problem.
04-May-2015
Force HTTPS SSL URLs on web service requests in WebLogic
I've written earlier about adding basic HTTP authentication to a web service. That example forced the user of the web service to authenticate using basic authentication before a request would be served, however the username and password in this case are prone to sniffing and can be retrieved with relative ease. This is easily addressed by setting up your deployment so that WebLogic forces the use of HTTPS/SSL URLs web making requests.
10-Mar-2015
Google adds 2Gb of free storage to those who updated their security settings
Back at the beginning of February I wrote about how to get 2Gb of extra storage for your Google account. In that article I also said that Google would be adding this storage at a later stage. It looks like they've come through on their promise.
24-Feb-2015
Adding basic HTTP authentication to a WebLogic web service
Here's how to add basic HTTP authentication to a Weblogic web service. I've had to do this recently at work and was a little confused at how the role-name, principal-name, etc were related so decided to add this as a note for the future and for anyone else who may be interested.
18-Jan-2015
CokeRewards.com.au SSL certificate expired
Update: Looks like two days after this issue started happening, it has finally been resolved.

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