Moving on from SoundCloud

Actually I haven’t had any issues with SoundCloud from a hosting standpoint, but they don’t really seem long for this world given their financial woes.

Apparently today they received another $170 million in funding which includes a reorg and life support equipment I suppose.

Given some of the stories I’ve seen about how it’s been run, “shitshow” from former employees, I don’t expect the latest round of funding to make much difference long term.

So I’m moving on and just hosting my audio and video files myself. Seems to be the easiest and most reliable way going forward.

Good luck SoundCloud but I’m not giving any more of my money to a company that seems to be run by a bunch of frat boys with too much money.

Maltrail Install and Setup Script

I’ve put together a quick script for installing and performing some basic setup of Maltrail.

Maltrail setup script on GitHub.

If you’ve never used it, it’s great for seeing all the traffic bouncing off an internet host.

It also ties the traffic to known troublemakers on the internet while providing tons of other information on source IP addresses which are sending traffic your way.

Definitely worth a look.

Maltrail on GitHub.

SMB Ransomware Protection Steps

Hosts with SMB exposed on the internet.

So the Petya ransomware is going crazy today hitting banks, telecoms, power companies… really anyone who has SMBv1 exposed and hasn’t bothered to patch against ETERNALBLUE (MS17-010).

Some quick protection steps:

  1. Patch for MS17-010 if you haven’t already.
  2. Disable SMBv1 if you can. It’s most likely on by default if you have not actively disabled it.

Check if it’s enabled with PowerShell.

Get-SmbServerConfiguration | Select EnableSMB1Protocol, EnableSMB2Protocol

Disable with PowerShell running as admin.

Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EnableSMB1Protocol $false

The above works on versions of Windows newer than Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Below works on Windows 7 and other versions.

Set-ItemProperty -Path “HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters” SMB1 -Type DWORD -Value 0 -Force

3. You may also want to ensure you don’t have PSEXEC tools installed if not needed since Petya is taking advantage of those.

4. WMIC is also recommended to be disabled, however WMI is used for many things so that might not be an option.

5. Ensure SMB isn’t exposed to the internet through your firewall. Probably a good idea to block outgoing SMB as well.

These steps should also help against other ransomware that are using the SMB attack vector.

Stay safe out there.

iPhone Loyalty Rates

I was reading a story about how the iPhone loyalty rate is like 92% ahead of the iPhone 8 and how it dwarfs others like Samsung (77%), LG (59%), Motorola (56%) and Nokia (42%).

There’s an issue with these numbers in that consumers only really have two choices with phones; Apple and Google based. Apple only makes Apple phones and about a million companies make Google based phones.

So of course loyalty rates are much lower for makers of Google based phones because its fragmented all over the place.

Loyalty rates should really just be between Apple and Google/Android based since that’s really the only two choices we have at the moment.

If you don’t like Google based phones and want to upgrade then you’re only choice is Apple.

I really wish Microsoft would get its act together and come out with a decent phone that developers will create apps for so we would have another choice.

And on an upgrade note, I’m sure Apple will have another spectacular iPhone season when the iPhone 8 comes out, but I’m no longer purchasing phones on installment payment plans.

I want to understand the full pain of paying $1000 for a phone and use that pain to decide whether paying that amount to upgrade from my iPhone 6s Plus is really worth it. Honestly I would rather spend that on a new MacBook Pro that supports more than 16GB of memory.

We’ll see.