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  2008-12-17

My new patent on secure boot using embedded flash

  22:17, by Hagai Bar-El   , 271 words
Categories: Personal News
Yesterday, I got a US patent application granted by the Patent and Trademark Office. The patent bears the title "SYSTEM, DEVICE, AND METHOD OF SELECTIVELY ALLOWING A HOST PROCESSOR TO ACCESS HOST-EXECUTABLE CODE". Essentially, this patent discloses a… more »

  2008-10-26

Twitter Terrorists -- Come On...

  02:00, by Hagai Bar-El   , 184 words
Categories: Security Policies
I could not miss this one in Wired.com. Then the presentation launches into an even-more theoretical discussion of how militants might pair some of these mobile applications with Twitter, to magnify their impact. After all, “Twitter was recently used a… more »

  2008-03-18

Firewire threat to FDE

  22:10, by Hagai Bar-El   , 320 words
Categories: Security Engineering
Full-Disk Encryption (FDE) suffers class attacks lately. As if the latest research (which showed that RAM contents can be recovered after power-down) was not enough, it seems as Firewire ports can form yet an easier attack vector into FDE-locked… more »

  2008-01-26

The TSA Does Not Get It Completely Wrong

  22:09, by Hagai Bar-El   , 537 words
Categories: Security Policies, Counter-media
Many homeland security experts preach against the approach to airport security taken by the TSA. The TSA's mitigation efforts focus primarily on specific tactics that terrorists may use, rather than on more generalized, more effective, measures, such as… more »

  2008-01-13

An Interview on Secure Content Distribution

  22:07, by Hagai Bar-El   , 1148 words
Categories: Security Engineering
I was interviewed (by e-mail) for a project that preferred to remain undisclosed, on the future of secure content distribution. Enclosed are the (slightly modified) questions and answers. more »

The iPhone Hack -- Security Done Wrong or Security Done Right?

  22:06, by Hagai Bar-El   , 552 words
Categories: Security Engineering, Counter-media
A while ago the iPhone was hacked so to make it usable on networks other than AT&T's. Since that moment, many opinions were sounded on how Apple could have done their security better and how the hack could have been eliminated. Moreover, some of… more »

  2008-01-12

Airport Security: Israel vs. the United States

  22:04, by Hagai Bar-El   , 381 words
Categories: Security Policies
Last July, an interesting post appeared in Bruce Schneier's blog. It's called: Airport Security: Israel vs. the United States. It discusses the difference between airport security in Israel and in the U.S. The post quotes evidence showing that the… more »

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