Black Manticore has recently been moved to a new webserver. The biggest change was the migration from PHP 5 to PHP 7, which, because of the code's age, broke quite a few things. Because of this, the website has been offline for a good while in September, for which we apologize. Most things have been patched since and we expect everything to operate as expected.
Another issue with the tags was discovered lately, causing tags to be absent from new posts. This has been fixed as of today and all affected posts have been updated. Because of the high amount of different tags, we're planning on performing a reorganization and cleanup of the tags in the very near future.
The official information page about the long-standing Windows DNS Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability:
Our website has been moved to a new server to allow for a better and faster service.
Although everything has been tested thouroughly, please contact us (use the contact form) if you notice something's wrong.
Routine maintenance in our hosting yesterday evening (2015/08/12) caused a lengthy downtime of the server our website is running on. Although the server itself was operational right after the maintenance, there were some network issues, causing the server not to be reachable from the outside.
In the meantime, the issue has been resolved.
UPDATE (2015/08/14): the same issue also caused problems with e-mail, which was not resolved until yesterday (2015/08/13) late in the evening. Any communication through the contacts or comments form will not have arrived and will have to contact us again.
A quick (minor) bug fix on the site just before going to vacation: the search and login boxes now maintain the proper size in Google Chrome so the submit button images behind them no longer shift to below them.
See you in three weeks...
Microsoft has released the Azure Active Directory Connect to the general public. Azure AD Connect replaces (although "incorporates" is a better word) DirSync as the new tool to set up synchronization between your on-premise Active Directory and Azure Active Directory, including Office 365.
The current version of Azure AD Connect is only the beginning. Microsoft has announced a lot more features, which will be made available in the next versions.
More information and installation resources: https://azure.microsoft.com/nl-nl/documentation/articles/active-directory-aadconnect/
A look at the throughput graph clearly showed a drop to almost zero around 12:20 UTC+2:
A temporary outage on the AMS-IX internet backbone caused an extended outage of internet traffic across Netherlands.
Dear Tech-L subscribers,
Today Wednesday 13/05/2015 at 12:20 UTC+2 an installation engineer working on the PE under maintenance in EQUINIX AM3, while testing one of the newly installed 100GE modules, accidentally placed a loop on the ISP peering VLAN.
The loop caused a high CPU on all backbone and customer modules resulting in many BGP sessions dropping.
The incident lasted 10 minutes.
BGP sessions are restoring.
The situation has normalized again.
Today, as of this afternoon, part of Apple's iCloud service is down. I noticed it just as I was attempting to sign in using the iCloud web application. I immediately got a nasty server error:
A quick look at the System Status page revealed issues with sign in:
A little late, but still... I wish everyone a Happy New Year!!
Ever since the official announcement of the iPhone 4S, I'm reading basically everywhere on how disappointed the fans were about the iPhone 5 not being announced, but instead the iPhone 4S was...
To all those sites and fans (which in my opinion aren't really fans): why are you nagging about the iPhone 5? There never ever was an official announcement or rumour about the iPhone 5 ever being announced or released. The iPhone 4S is the next generation of the iPhone. So what's it's not called the iPhone 5? It's only a name, invented by those spreading rumours in the first place. It never was announced by Apple at all. So cut the cr*p and move on...
A new type of rootkit has recently been seen. While most modern rootkits use the MBR and unused sectors of a harddrive, this one also misuses NTFS metadata to inject malicious code into a running OS.
Full article: http://www.securelist.com/en/blog/517/Cybercriminals_switch_from_MBR_to_NTFS
Interesting article about how the new Office365 may best Google Apps in being the new market leader in cloud applications.
There will be some maintenance going on today and tomorrow, each time at night. During that time, our website might not be accessible.
More information about the search at Belgacom: it took place last wednesday (Oct 14), after a complaint of Mobistar and KPN at the Raad voor Mededinging (a counsil which keeps an eye on companies keeping to Belgian competition laws).
The investigation is about the wholesale services of DSL where Belgacom alledgedly would have invoked obstruction measurements.
The search is only a step in the whole investigation, without actual accusations. The entire procedure could take several years before completion.