Disable the Smart Card Plug & Play Option in Windows 7

Windows 7 has introduced a new plug&play feature for smart cards: now when you insert a smart card in the reader Windows 7 tries to find a smart card driver (aka minidriver, see this for more info: http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/input/smartcard/sc-minidriver.mspx) that must be used for security related functions like Windows-Logon or digitally signing of documents. Prerequisite for this kind of usage is that the card must be a cryptographic card, suitable for digital signature and encrytion and the manufacturer/issuer of the card, supporting this feature, must provide necessary drivers/software via Windows®-Update. Because most of the cards used by customers are not cryptographic cards, that cannot be compliant with that feature and doesn't have a suitable driver, the users see a message saying, that the installation of a driver for the smart card fails every time a smart c... [Prosegue]

A 3D Flash Tag Cloud for BlogEngine.NET

Yesterday I added to my blog a 3D Tag Cloud made in Flash (you can see it at left). I found it more visually exciting than the usual Tag Cloud supplied by BlogEngine.NET, so I decided to share it with other BlogEngine.NET users.Flash Tag Cloud allows you to display your site's tags, using a Flash movie that rotates them in 3D. It has the same features as a regular tag cloud, but is more visually exciting. It is based upon wpCumulus, the flash tag cloud for Word Press (for additional information see http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-cumulus/).I ported it on BlogEngine.NET 1.6.1 as a widget (this version of the widget doesn't have the XSS vulnerability reported in this page: http://www.vupen.com/english/advisories/2009/3322)You can download the widget from here: FlashTagCloudBE.zipand the source code from here: FlashTagCloudBE src.zip Installation Copy the folders in the zip in the ... [Prosegue]

Finally Sun J2ME on Windows Mobile

Some days ago I got my new Acer P300. Windows Mobile 6.5.3, QWERTY keyboard; great phone! But after a few clicks I discovered that it doesn't supply a Java Virtual Machine to run J2ME applications. So, I started googling to find a Java Virtual Machine for my phone. After a couple of hours, surfing here and there, following links in forums, blogs, etc., I found some different solutions but after installation on my phone, they don't work as expected. Some of them don't start at all. Some others start but many Java MIDlets doesn't work. Most MIDlets refuse to install and even if you manage to install one, they either do not work or display with some bad resolutions. I was in a hell of JVM!The following are the ones that seem to work better: IBM MIDP 2.0 Java Emulator V2.3; JRebeiro_Esmertec Jbed; Esmertec Jbed 20090506.2.1 by Aqrab;  Intent_MIDlet_Manager_11.1.7.1036; ... [Prosegue]

How to protect your privacy in SMS communication

Million of users in the world exchange every day several SMS messages to communicate faster and cheaper. Users write anything in their SMS messages, irrilevant matters as well as important and secret stuffs, but very a few know the vulnerabilities and the risks beyond this communication way. Most users do not realize how easy it may be to intercept SMS messages. From one end, carriers store SMS messages on their database. Potentially, carrier's employees can read your messages as well any third party that is near to the carrier or that can intercept your SMS messages in the air when you send it. More in depth, it would be relatively complex for a third party to hack into the carrier's systems to obtain the content of SMS messages. But finding staff privileged to look at the SMS messages and persuading them to reveal the contents proved easier. From the other end, sent and received mes... [Prosegue]