Sorry for the lack of updates this past week. I was just way too busy prepping for our move this weekend.

A couple of interesting news bits I noticed when I got into work this morning:

It looks like I’ve been lucky with installing Windows XP Service Pack 3. I’ve had no problems with the one machine I installed it on. According to Information Week, a lot of people are having serious problems with SP3, including BSOD on AMD-based systems.

Also, NetCraft has a screenshot of a PayPal page with both the green bar of an Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate and a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability. It’s a step or two beyond the standard lock icon, but there are still limits to what an EV cert can tell you. Unfortunately PayPal and others are really trying to drum “green bar = safe” into people’s heads.

2 thoughts on “Alphabet Soup: XP SP and EV SSL XSS!

  1. No, green bar does not equal safe. Green bar equals yes you’re really connecting to PayPal, but if PayPal gets hacked (and that screenshot shows it’s still a possibility), you’re still screwed.

    Anyway, I’ve never seen a blue bar. Which browser are you using?

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