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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-03-16 02:54
  Subject:   More info on the RFID virus.
There have been a lot of news stories about Melanie Reiback et al discovering an RFID virus capable of infecting RFID tags and the back-end databases that use the info on them. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that many of these stories give much in the way of technical details of the attack.

However, heavy duty technical info is out there for anyone who wants it. Reiback et al put up a whole website just to share the details of the threat with everyone. Though you'd never know it by reading 99% of the stories. So here it is:


(Easy enough URL for ya?)

Basically, we have another set of buffer overflow attacks caused by dumb programmers who said "nobody will EVER slip an invalid RFID tag into MY pile!" Oh yes they will, buck-o. Especially if your RFID tags are inventorying "secure" airline luggage or expensive retail merchandise.
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The Perfect Girl
  User: mercyspeaks
  Date: 2006-03-16 11:56 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
How come you have very coherent comments on my journal but on yours, I never know what the hell you are talking about? Explain.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-03-16 19:43 (UTC)
  Subject:   Two reasons...
One, "coherent" is in the eye of the beholder.

Two, I'm an unapologetic huge nerd and an engineer. I fill my days obsessing over minutiae that normal people don't even know exist. This means that most everybody can't understand WTF I'm babbling about half the time. (Notable exceptions might be j_b and abelits, who are as big if not bigger nerds than I am.)

Talking to me is like trying to talk to a space alien. There's no common frame of reference, no cultural context, no shared experience to start a conversation with. It pretty much starts and ends with: You: "Nice weather, huh?" Me: "Huh? Outside? Is THAT where the door to my lab leads! I'd forgotten, it's been so long since I've seen the sun. Ah, good times..."

When I went to install the cell phone signal amplification system in my mom's neighbor's house, he said "Gee, you're so smart. People would like you a lot better if they could understand what you said half the time." He, of course, did not know that I'm a rampant narcissist. One who not only doesn't care if people don't understand what I say... but in fact enjoys the smug feeling of superiority that comes from boring people stiff with endless techno-babble about open-drain collector bias voltages and schmitt trigger opamp feedback hysteresis.

Didn't you see any of this when you were dating Wolly? Or being female is she not subject to the usual engineer/nerd pathologies...
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The Perfect Girl
  User: mercyspeaks
  Date: 2006-03-17 07:14 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: Two reasons...
Well...she was a total nerd babbling about engineering stuff all the time. But you see, I never listened so it worked out well for me.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-03-17 07:32 (UTC)
  Subject:   Excellent!
But you see, I never listened so it worked out well for me.

You have so much wisdom for one so young! You have already learned the first truth of interacting with Engineers: smile, nod and ignore us. Do you know how long I've been trying to train my friends to "just smile and nod" when I start ranting about inane engineering stuff??
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