Author: Robert Lerner

Misstep 21: Shim Shimmity

You can easily tell how far ahead I am in my security blogs, considering this is scheduled to post in early April and there’s a Christmas Tree ornament hanging from this cabinet, but I digress. The Misstep This lock doesn’t even try to fit these knobs, it can easily be moved around to get over […]

Misstep 19: Unshackled

Today takes us to Boston, MA. A beautiful albeit cold coastal town with some of the most fantastic seafood you can buy. It is an area that, not too long ago, was mostly factories and shipyards — now is the Seaport district — a bustling area of hotels and restaurants and businesses. With all of […]

Misstep 18: Wearing your Password

This photograph looks like a typical retail checkout counter, albeit blurry and pixelated. I stopped in here recently and realized that the employees were all wearing name tags that also had a bar code visible (it appeared to be PDF417-formatted). Uses for Bar Codes in Retail Besides for the occasional terrible gas station that relies […]

Misstep 17: Keys in the Ignition

Today? Hyperbole. Keys are in-fact often left in this type of vehicle, but there’s no ignition and you can’t really drive off in them. That aside, I do see keys left in jetways at airports an awful lot: Above, Midway Airport, Chicago. (December 2019) Boston Logan, MA (BOS) Charleston, SC (CHS) And another, Midway Airport […]

Misstep 16: Creepy Guy [Me]

Ahh finally, you’re done with your Lyft to the airport, checked your bags, stripped down for the TSA while taking everything and throwing it into little buckets for a scanner and then packing up your shoes, belt, coat, wallet, and phone right at the end of the security line. You feel disheveled, but you’ll make […]

Adding SameSite Cookie Attribute to PHP

For a while now, the SameSite attribute has been used on cookies to define how cookies should be handled across various domains. You can find descriptions that are much better than I’m going to give you. For folks who are on PHP prior to version 7.3 (either due to that being what is current for […]

Misstep 13: Coke Kills

Unlocked Coke Machine

First of all, I want to state that this issue was reported to a facility representative. I was recently back in California again, and I had some laundry I had to take care of at the hotel (more on this next week). Laundry, being the mindless task it is, gave me some time to watch […]