Paul Maher's Blog

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    Writing Secure Code Session - Full House!

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    I've just heard back that there were a few people who were unable to attend the Birmingham launch session - "Writing Secure Code" Chalk and Talk due to the session being "SOLD OUT" Firstly I want to apologise to those of you who were turned away. ...
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    Free Secure Coding Event (1st December) - Microsoft London, UK

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    When Two Worlds Meet - "Infrastructure Security for Developers", the bits you need to know and "New Security Enhancements in Visual Studio 2005", the How? and Why? discussed and demonstrated 01 December 2005 18:30 - 01 December 2005 21:00 (GMT) GMT...
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    Microsoft Launch Session - "Writing Secure Code"

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    Well it's been a while since I have written anything in my blog...so I thought it was about time for an entry! So I'm sure you are aware of the VS2005/SQL2005/BizTalk launch sessions that have been going on around the UK. I was fortunate enough to...
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    Free Secure Coding Event (5th October) - Microsoft Reading, UK

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    Developers, Chief Security Officers and Consumers: they have one thing in common - the desire for quality software that is secure. Forward this invitation and help educate developers within your organizations through this free event on October 5th sponsored...
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    InfoCard

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    "InfoCard" is the code name for a WinFX component that provides the consistent user experience required by the identity metasystem. It is specifically hardened against tampering and spoofing to protect the end user's digital identities and maintain end...
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    Bedtime Security Reading!

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    Well I've been chatting with the guys around the office about Security books they have read and found useful. Below is a list of books you may want to get your teeth into: .NET Framework Security http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/067232184X/qid...
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    How do I build a machine securely?

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    I thought it may be useful to publish these simple guidelines on how to build a machine with the latest OS and patches in a secure manner: 1) Disconnect machine from network 2) Install the new system 3) Enable the firewall and do not allow inbound...
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    Web Services Exposed

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    So by now I'm sure you've all heard of Web Services and understand what the buzz in the industry is all about. The initial push of Web Services, missed the boat a little on Security. Hence we now have within the WSE specification one of the main pillars...
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    Books of the Month!

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    Well I don't know about you, but I usually get through several technical books each month. Some I read cover to cover, others I flick through and then there are of course those books which gather dust and are purely for show - I mean reference! ...
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    Are you a Developer Security Expert?

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    Do you consider yourself to be a Developer, who is an expert in the field of Application Security? If the answer is YES , then I would love to hear from you. We have several Security initiatives underway, and YOU could add value to these programs...
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    It's all coming together...Whidbey, Yukon, Longhorn, Office!

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    I've just got back from Seattle, where I have been through a weeks intensive Microsoft internal training. The speakers were great, the sessions cram packed full of goodies and all I can say is it is now all starting to come together... I couldn...
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    Windows Vista - AKA Longhorn

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    Well I'm sure you have all heard the rumblings by now, that the new Windows Client operating system is to be called "Windows Vista" . Bring it on... Check out the following links for more information: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/default...
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    Developer Developer Developer, Saturday 22nd October 2005

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    So have you heard of an event called "Developer Developer Developer" If not check out the following link: http://www.developerday.co.uk/ddd/default.asp The event can be described as follows: It's all about developers learning, sharing and interacting...
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    Patterns and Practices - How Tos (SQL Injection)

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    Maintaining the theme from my earlier post on SQL Injection application vulnerabilities, take a look at the following Patterns and Practices How Tos... How To: Protect From Injection Attacks in ASP.NET (PAG Documentation): http://msdn.microsoft.com...
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    SQL Injection - Ignorance or Laziness

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    We have all heard of SQL Injection and know what it is. With this being the case, why is it there are so many instances of this vulnerability in legacy and new applications? My conclusion is that the reason must be one of two things: 1. There is...
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    Web Services and WSE

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    Have you all checked out the Tech Preview of WSE (3.0): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=7591DFD2-E1B7-4624-9D5B-29C211D149FE&displaylang=en So I thought it would be interesting to have feedback from you all on your experiences...
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    I'm a Developer - Where can I go to find out about Security?

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    You've come to the right place... Check out the following links: Microsoft Security Developer Centre: http://msdn.microsoft.com/security/ .NET Security: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnnetsec/html/CL_SecRevi...
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    Jumpstart Your Development with Enterprise Library

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    Ever heard of Patterns & Practices and Application blocks? If the answer is no...you've been missing out! Check out the following link to the Microsoft Enterprise Library: http://msdn.microsoft.com/practices/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us...
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    Do Developers need to understand Cryptography?

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    Whether you are implementing an application that stores secrets on your machine, to anything such as using WS-Security or Secure Sockets to make your Web Service or Web Applications secure - the answer is YES...YES...YES! We are living in a dangerous...
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    Developer Security - Windows XP (SP2), Server 2003 (SP1)

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    So by now I'm sure you are aware of the Service Packs released for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003! If you aren't, check out the following links: http://msdn.microsoft.com/security/productinfo/xpsp2/ http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/downloads...
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    I would like to introduce myself...

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    Hi All, My name is Paul Maher and I am a Developer Evangelist in the UK. What this means is that I am working for what I consider is the best company in the world, get to play with some cool technology and spread the word to all of you! In this...
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