What are You Working on Wednesday
from shellsharks@infosec.pub to cybersecurity@infosec.pub on 09 Aug 2023 04:04 +0000

Weekly thread to discuss whatever you’re working on, big or small, at work or in your free time.


Parzival@lemm.ee on 09 Aug 2023 04:43 +0000 next

This theory I have to prove that our universe needs life to exist.

Currently, every galaxy is accelerating away from one another, which will eventually reach speeds at or faster than the speed of light, so humans in the future would not even be able to see other galaxies. We might even forget that there were galaxies out there in the first place and think that our galaxy is the complete universe. Physics would pretty much evolve backwards. After that, maybe the expansion of space will be so large that matter won’t be able to exist.

On the other hand, life organizes matter. At its most basic definition, life takes energy and reverses entropy. I’m thinking that maybe life needs to colonize our galaxy and other galaxies, creating order in the universe and that would be the only chance of it surviving. Since we multiply at an exponential rate, we could calculate how long it will take us to colonize Mars, and then another planet, another solar system, and so on. As long as that rate becomes faster (with limitation to the speed of light for travelling) than the expansion of the universe, maybe future civilizations will have figured out how to keep matter from falling apart.

So maybe our universe only exists because it was the one that would allow life to exist, which in turn would allow it to exist. If you only consider time as a 4th dimension, then all of this would need to be true at once to occur.

shellsharks@infosec.pub on 09 Aug 2023 04:50 +0000 next


Panopticola@climatejustice.social on 09 Aug 2023 18:59 +0000

@Parzival @shellsharks You will probably enjoy Asimov's "The Last Question", a short must-read: http://www.thelastquestion.net

Also: a slightly tangential but similarly hearty recommendation for Egan's novel Quarantine.

#ScienceFictionStudies @gregeganSF

Parzival@lemm.ee on 11 Aug 2023 23:11 +0000

That was a really great short story, thanks for recommending! So cool.

I’ll have to check out the book too!

dotslashme@infosec.pub on 09 Aug 2023 06:11 +0000 next

Software developer currently doing some re-work of tests that are intermittently failing because of a problematic asynchronous implementation.

richbartlett@infosec.pub on 09 Aug 2023 08:40 +0000 next

Like thousands of others, reviewing the Microsoft security releases :| Questions include:

  1. What’s being/might be exploited ITW?
  2. What could it break?
  3. Is there temporary remediation put in which new patches negate and do we need to reverse those?
  4. Why does one of the largest multi-billion international companies still get away with writing such crap code that high and critical rated vulnerabilities in their core products are still normal every month?
  5. What ghastly vulnerabilities are there in their cloud products we don’t know about?
  6. Should I take up another line of work completely?

Happy Patch Tuesday everyone :D

bulwark@infosec.pub on 09 Aug 2023 09:56 +0000 next

Trying to catch up on documentation, I’ve been implementing a couple of services during the past few weeks and need to write it all down before I forget.

I do this for every service I implement as part of my backup strategy, it tends to be easier to recover from a disaster when you have reproducible steps to follow.

Panopticola@climatejustice.social on 09 Aug 2023 19:07 +0000 next

@shellsharks Trying to convince an executive director to update system OS, accept that email is Not Private thankyouverymuch, and that legacy software is sunset for security reasons. Also that friends don't let friends use Outlook on macOS, but will probably fail in that.

Before that I have to find out why a set of 6 keyboard keys don't work... but only in one user account, FFS.

After 'work' I have to rapidly assemble some kind of chicken tractor, because the abandoned rabbit we wound up fostering just birthed a litter and now we need a reasonable but secure temporary hutch, grrr.

shellsharks@infosec.pub on 09 Aug 2023 21:14 +0000

There’s a full, very assorted plate right there.

Panopticola@climatejustice.social on 10 Aug 2023 01:19 +0000

@shellsharks lol that's just the infosec part of the day (yes, I see livestock cages as an info security issue: raccoons are smart!)

mwguy@infosec.pub on 10 Aug 2023 01:04 +0000 next

Anybody provide or recieve SBOMs from a SaaS product? Can I see it?

noUsernamesLef7@infosec.pub on 10 Aug 2023 02:59 +0000

Updated some diagrams at work today using the newish D2 language. I’ve dabbled before with tools like D2 that generate diagrams from “code”, like plantUML but D2 was really easy and made some great looking images.

Definitely looks more professional than the ASCII art diagrams they replaced, though I do find the ASCII ones charming.