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Published: 2007-03-31,
Last Updated: 2007-03-31 14:31:15 UTC
by Kevin Liston (Version: 1)
The ANI vulnerability has been been of recent concern.  I've been waiting for a few key events to be confirmed before adjusting the INFOCon.  We don't take these decisions lightly.

Rating systems such as Symantec's ThreatCon (currently at 2 of 4,)  FS/ISAC's Cyber Threat Advisory (currently at Guarded,) and our INFOCon (now at Yellow) all have their particular niche.  Symantec focuses on their AV and managed-security-service customers.  FS/ISAC focuses on financial institutions.  The Internet Storm Center's INFOCon intent is to "to reflect changes in malicious traffic and the possibility of disrupted connectivity."

In the initial stages of this event, we did not satisfy the criteria to raise the INFOCon level.  Now, we have a different landscape.

    * Exploit code has been publicly released which allows trivial modification to add any arbitrary payload.
    * The number of malicious sites reported is rising rapidly, limiting the efficacy of blacklisting.
    * The number of compromised sites pointing to malicious sites is also on the rise.


    * Keep anti-virus up-to-date.  So far this is the most effective layer, particularly generic signatures that detect non-compliant ANI files.  Also, the secondary payloads downloaded by these exploits are often detectable (not always though.)
    * Content-filtering.  If your environment supports it, dropping ANI files (not based on file extention, but actual file-inspection) may be prudent until patches are deployed.  This will impact your browsing experience though.

We intend to maintain INFOCon Yellow status and reassess every 24 hours. (~1400 UTC)

LandzDown Lounge / Introducing the Book
« on: February 16, 2007, 10:30:18 PM »
Introducing the book:

This is a riot.  :muahaha:

Testing / Test
« on: July 04, 2006, 12:04:18 AM »

Jokes / Some Quickies
« on: May 26, 2006, 07:24:52 PM »
What do Eskimos get from sitting on the ice too long?

What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work?
A stick.

What do you call three rabbits in a row, hopping backwards simultaneously?
A receding hareline.

What is a zebra?
26 sizes larger than "A" bra.

What's green and red and goes 1000 miles an hour?
A frog in a blender.

What's happening when you hear "woof...splat...meow...splat?"
It's raining cats and dogs.

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Jokes / Hellman's mayonnaise
« on: May 13, 2006, 10:48:55 PM »
Most people don't know that back in 1912 Hellman's mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the "Titanic" was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Veracuz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after New York. The people of Mexico, who were crazy about the stuff, were eagerly awaiting delivery and were disconsolate at the loss. So much so that they declared a National Day of mourning which they still observe today.

It is known, of course, as... Sinko de Mayo


Jokes / Bad Day
« on: April 21, 2006, 12:02:35 AM »
For more than an hour the scrawny guy had sat at the bar staring down into his glass. Suddenly a burly truck driver loped across the room, sat down next to him and drank the guy's drink. The poor fellow burst out crying.
"Oh, come on, pal," the trucker said. "I was just joking. Here, I'll buy you another drink."

"No, that's not it," the man replied. "This has been the worst day of my life. I overslept, was late for work and got fired. When I left the office I found that my car had been stolen. I hailed a cab to go home but realized I had left my wallet at the house, so I walked the six miles home. Then I found my wife in bed with our neighbor, so I grabbed my wallet and came here. And just when I was thinking about putting an end to my life," the guy sighed, "you show up and drink my poison."

Jokes / The Irishman
« on: April 21, 2006, 12:00:53 AM »
An Irishman walks into a bar in Dublin, orders three pints of Guinness and sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one inturn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more.
The bartender asks him, "You know, a pint goes flat after I draw it; it would taste better if you bought one at a time."

The Irishman replies, "Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in America, the other in Australia, and I'm here in Dublin. When we all left home, we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the days when we drank together."

The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.

The Irishman becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way: He orders three pints and drinks them in turn.

One day, he comes in and orders two pints. All the other regulars notice and fall silent.

When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, "don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your great loss."

The Irishman looks confused for a moment, then a light dawns in his eye and he laughs. "Oh, no," he says, "everyone's fine. I've just quit drinking."

Jokes / Police Station Break in
« on: April 02, 2006, 11:08:30 PM »
A thief broke into the local police station and stole all the toilets.
A spokesman was quoted as saying, "We have absolutely nothing to go on."

Jokes / Dentist
« on: March 29, 2006, 10:43:26 PM »
Dentist: "Try to relax. I'll pull your aching tooth in five minutes."

Patient: "How much will this cost?"

Dentist: "It`ll be $100."

Patient: "That much for just five minutes work?"

Dentist: "Well if you prefer, I can pull it out very slowly."

Jokes / Talking Dog for Sale
« on: March 29, 2006, 10:36:20 PM »
In Tennessee, a guy sees a sign in front of a house: "Talking Dog for Sale." He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard.
The guy goes into the backyard and sees a black mutt just sitting there. "You talk?" he asks.

"Yep," the mutt replies.

So, what's your story?"

The mutt looks up and says, "Well, I discovered this gift pretty young and I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies eight years running. The jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger and I wanted to settle down. So I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security work, mostly wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings there and was awarded a batch of medals. Had a wife, a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired."

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

The owner says, "Ten dollars,"

The guy says, "This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him, so cheap?"

The owner replies, "He's such a liar. He didn't do any of that stuff.

Jokes / Men's Room
« on: March 29, 2006, 10:28:22 PM »
In the men's room at work, the Boss had placed a sign directly above the sink. It had a single word on it -- "Think!"
The next day, when he went to the men's room, he looked at the sign and right below, immediately above the soap dispenser, someone had carefully lettered another sign which read -- "Thoap!"

Jokes / Bathroom Scale
« on: March 12, 2006, 11:11:17 PM »
Two youngsters were closely examining bathroom scales on display at the department store.
"Have you ever seen one of these before?" one asked.

"Yeah, my mom and dad have one," the other replied.

"What's it for?" asked the first boy.

"I don't know," the second boy answered. "I think you stand on it and it makes you mad."


Jokes / The Writer
« on: March 03, 2006, 10:43:23 PM »
There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.
When asked to define "great" he said, "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!"

He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages.


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