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bio website thehappypath.net
location Seattle, WA
age 33
visits member for 4 years, 6 months
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256th Generalist badge. It really should be gold :)


I love AI, psychology, spirituality, philosophy, mathematics, food, art, brain teasers, board games, and telling people they're doing it wrong.

I love music - Bjork, Patrick Wolf, Radiohead, The Knife, The Decemberists, Squarepusher, Dalek, The Smashing Pumpkins, Lemon Demon, MF Doom, Blonde Redhead, David Bowie, Stone Temple Pilots, Battles - I love music. Grooveshark is my friend :)

I am a Strange Loop.
Wound like there's no tomorrow.
I forget there is.


I have written a whole bunch of automation for all sorts of programming tasks (CI, deployment infrastructure, code generation, test case generation, test lab/deployment automation infrastructure, and a whole boat load of automated E2E, integration, and unit tests).

I've programmed mostly in C# for the last 7 years, though occasionally in a myriad of other tongues (C++, C, JavaScript, VB.Net, Java, batch scripts, Lua, Lisp, various DSLs and Python).

I've done a bunch of web programming lately, though I also like API design, and I like programming desktop applications and Windows daemons even better. As boring as desktop apps and services may sound, they're easy to write, and have a nice robust feel to them, much like crunchy peanut butter.

I dig Open Source Software.


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answered Pc boots after turning on power supply
Jul
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
@M. Night Shyamalan: Just a random comment, or did that have to do with my post? :) If so, which part.
Jul
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asked gVim - What is ctags, and how do I use it?
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awarded  Yearling
Jun
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
You haven't answered "Do these viruses attack Windows, Mac and Linux users, or are Mac/Linux users immune?" or fully "I understand that I obviously can get a virus by downloading and executing a .exe in Windows but how can I get a virus just by accessing a website?". You said "a bug", but haven't explained anything about what types of bugs, why they exist, how they result in code execution, EoP, etc. You also haven't explained anything about attack surface, or how to reduce it (you've vaguely glossed over layers of security, sandboxes etc, but that doesn't really address attack surface).
Jun
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comment “Access denied” to C:\Documents and Settings after removing malware?
@KCotreau: We all make mistakes, sorry to be assertive. You'll admit it was bad advice ;)
Jun
28
answered “Access denied” to C:\Documents and Settings after removing malware?
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
@Breakthrough: Oh, yes that is a good point. I'll fix that, although again, it depends on what sort of exploit it is. If it is a buffer overflow, then the payload code would be processor dependent to have a useful effect.
Jun
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Jun
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
@Kerrek: Their question was "can I get a virus from visiting a web page," and you went on to say that they couldn't get a virus from wget. You also talk about trust. But the question is not about "how do I protect myself", but more about "how would an exploit work". Attack surface seems to be your main point, which is a great one, but clouded by these inaccuracies and tangents.
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awarded  Critic
Jun
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
This is inaccurate. Viruses often do that, but are not required to (download extra code). They may have a payload embedded into the javascript-based exploit. That payload would be assembly code, but would be presented as javascript. It all depends on the bug, and the specific exploit implementation.
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
Wget isn't "safe", nor are the drivers that run your machine, nor are any of the kernel level systems. There are mitigations, but ultimately every piece of code is potentially subject to attack.
Jun
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
@Breakthrough: I added more information about Javascript specifically, and threats in general.
Jun
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
@Breakthrough: Them asking "are they programmed in javascript?" doesn't make what I said any less true, especially when applied to "how can I get a virus just by accessing a website". They asked multiple questions, and what I described applied to part of the question, if not all of it.
Jun
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
There are security bugs in every piece of software that exists. Not all of them get found. Microsoft Paint had a nasty bug for a long time, for example, that was easily re-producable (within minutes) by simply throwing randomly generated data as "images" at the "file->open" dialog.