Steve Riley on Security

Formerly of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group.

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  • Blog Post: August article: 802.1X on wired networks considered harmful

    Several months ago I learned from Svyatoslav Pidgorny, Microsoft MVP for security, about a problem in 802.1X that makes it essentially useless for protecting wired networks from rogue machines. Initially I was a bit skeptical, but the attack he described is in fact true -- I've seen it myself now. So...
  • Blog Post: Myth vs. reality: Wireless SSIDs

    Do you ever wonder sometimes how it is that some ideas just won't die? Like the thought that not broadcasting your wireless network's SSID will somehow make you more secure? This is a myth that needs to be forcibly dragged out behind the woodshed, strangled until it wheezes its last labored breath, then...
  • Blog Post: How to secure your wireless network

    I'm now a contributing editor for TechNet Magazine . Everyone with a TechNet subscription automatically receives it; if you don't have one, you can still get the magazine free . The magazine's published three issues so far: Winter 2005 , Spring 2005 , and November-December 2005 . You'll especially enjoy...
  • Blog Post: Ethernet and WiFi and Bluetooth, oh my!

    Customers have long requested a way to configure a computer to automatically disable its wireless NIC when its Ethernet is in use. Many third-party utilities can do this for you, but neither XP nor Vista have a built-in way to accomplish this, nor will Windows 7. Although having both NICs enabled first...
  • Blog Post: What motivates a journalist?

    OK, I have to unload a burden here. I often interact with the tech press in various places throughout the world. I've had wonderful, productive meetings with many fine journalists. New Zealand and Malaysia particularly stand out in my memory. However, a thing has happened today that, while not affecting...
  • Blog Post: [OT rant] Are there any home WiFi routers that DON'T SUCK?

    Warning: rant ahead, and names named. When I'm not traveling, I like to work from home some days rather than endure the trek from Seattle to Redmond (although it's much better now that our own employee transit service has expanded into my neighborhood -- the existence of which is sad commentary on the...