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    Guerrilla Threat Modelling (or 'Threat Modeling' if you're American)

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    A crash-course in developing Data Flow Diagrams in support of software threat models

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    You MUST see this film!

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    If you only see one movie this Valentine's Day weekend, you must see Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior . This incredible film from Thailand is an exhilarating chase / stunt / fight movie about a poor kid from a remote village who must travel to Bangkok...
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    High-Level Threat Modelling Process

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    The following is a (slightly modified) version of a document I wrote for the VSTO team way back in the day. You might find it useful as you plan threat modelling for your product(s). You should of course read the Threat Modelling book from Microsoft Press...
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    Two questions I couldn't get answered

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    So far today I've had two questions I wanted to find answers to, but neither the new MSN Search nor Google could help me. Can anyone out there help? 1) Where did the phrase "Between you and me and the fence post" come from? (I know that it...
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    Back to VBA

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    Today I needed to write a fairly simple piece of code to manipulate some Excel documents, and I chose to do it in VBA. That might sound like heresy for someone who used to work on Visual Studio Tools for Office, but since I switched teams I feel no obligation...
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    Inheritance Demands for Interfaces

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    I'm cheating here by re-posting an e-mail I sent the other day... but hey, you don't expect me to come up with new content for this blog do you? :-) Here is a deliberately contrived example of why you might need to protect interfaces with inheritance...
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    Why would you switch search engines?

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    Stéphane asks why any one would switch from Google given that it has become such a part of net culture. People will switch for a faster time-to-answer. Recently I needed to find the Microsoft Knowledge Base article that explained why you shouldn't run...
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    Happy Holidays

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    Thanks to all my readers, hope you have a happy and safe %HOLIDAY% . I'll be off-line for a few days, so no comments will get moderated until I return. What a way to end the year ! ;-)
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    I love Slashdot

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    The comments from my last post are still coming in thick and fast. Thanks to everyone who didn't just swear at me (and if I didn't approve your comment, it was because it had too much profanity in it). First things first: I was wrong about uninstalling...
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    How can I trust Firefox?

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    [Fixed issues with images; sorry] [Removed the clear=all problem; thanks for pointing it out] [Added a follow-up post here ] Recently, a lot of volunteers donated money to the Firefox project to pay for a two-page advert in the New York Times . If only...
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    A note about comments

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    Thanks to the people who leave legitimate comments on the blog -- I really appreciate it. Unfortunately if you just leave simple comments like "Nice post" it is very hard to tell them apart from spam comments. This means that they may get accidentally...
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    Changing Abstractions in an Object Model is Hard

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    Up until recently, I was working on a rather large spec for an as-yet-un-announced product. The majority of the spec consisted of class definitions and the details surrounding their interactions, but there was also a rather large conceptual component...
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    Career Update

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    Just thought I’d let people know that I have moved from the Visual Studio Tools for Office team to the Secure Windows Initiative team. Exactly what that means for my blogging activities, I don’t yet know. I haven’t really been doing much of...
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    Branston Pickle

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    It's the day after Thanksgiving in the USA, and that means turkey sandwiches for lunch! Unfortunately, 99.99999% of the US population will not enjoy their sandwiches the way they were intended to be, because they've never heard of Branston Pickle...
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    AllowPartiallyTrustedCallers and AppDomain Boundaries

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    Continuing on from yesterday's post on creating pa r tially-trusted AppDomains , I had a bit of an e-mail exchange with Robert Hurlbut of Hurlbut Consulting . He wanted me to divulge all my secrets about AppDomains to him over e-mail, but I do intend...
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    Creating a partially-trusted AppDomain

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    Shawn has some great blog entries on how to create restricted (or "sandboxed") AppDomains in the CLR by setting up custom AppDomain policy. Perhaps not surprisingly, this is one of the techniques used by Visual Studio Tools for Office to ensure that untrusted...
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    Amazing Pet Shop Boys fan site

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    Wayne Studer has on his site "interpretations and analyses of every song written or performed by Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant" -- pretty darn impressive! You can catch the goodness at http://www.geowayne.com/psbhtml.htm Personally, I think one of...
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    Snail-mail spam

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    Like most people, I hate spam, I hate the people that send it, and I feel sorry for the poor people who get duped by it. But I hate "snail mail" spam even more. (This is a rant, if you haven't already figured that out. Feel free...
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    Dr. Strongname, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the URL

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    One of the problems with the Trustworthy Computing initiative is that many of our products have become harder to use as a result, either due to configuration changes or documentation changes. For example, Windows Server 2003 now ships with pretty much...
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    New Halo 2 Trailer

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    I went to see the film Birth the other day, and was surprised to see a new Halo 2 trailer. I don't know anyone who thought the original theatrical trailer for Halo 2 was very exciting, but the new one is much cooler, with more action, snippets of in-game...
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    Show me the money!

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    A member of the VSTO team just came to my office and asked, "Is it bad to trust all Office documents on the Local Intranet?" That's a good question, and after answering it for him I thought it was also worth blogging about (plus I'm hanging around...
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    Threat Models in Action

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    As you probably know, the first Visual Studio "Whidbey" beta was released a few months ago, and we are hard at work finishing the product for release sometime... soon. ish. As you also probably know, Microsoft is now threat-modelling all new components...
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    Windows Update, Automatic Update, and SAFER

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    Jeroen points out an annoying problem with the new version of Windows Update in his last comment -- it doesn't work from a RunAs-ed Internet Explorer session. This is a known problem with Windows Update that will hopefully be addressed in a future...
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    October Security Bulletins

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    Microsoft has released several security bulletins today: · IT folks can get more information at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms04-oct.mspx · Home users can get information at http://www.microsoft.com/security/default...
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    How many hours does it take to film a lightbulb?

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    A lot. As you may know, I like to work on independent films as a hobby . I am currently working on another project as an Assistant Director, but I'll leave out details of that project until it's done. Anyway, this blog post is not about my...
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