Lenovo *still* shipping laptops with Superfish

One would think Lenovo would have done some work to scrub the existing inventory in their own warehouses after the debacle around Superfish leaked last month. It’s clear that they haven’t.

My wife and I just ordered a Yoga 2 Pro late last week to replace our old MacBook Pro 2011 that died recently with motherboard failure. We received the Yoga 2 Pro today and as I set it up. I removed the various bundled crapware applications and I was sure that Lenovo would had the sense to clean-up their Superfish mess (at least on all inventory that didn’t ship yet out to resellers) but they didn’t even do that.

I was shocked to see Windows Defender find Superfish and nuke it.

Yoga 2 Pro with Superfish Edition, March 2015
Yoga 2 Pro: Superfish Edition, March 2015

This is very surprising to me. Lenovo got rightfully hammered for the decision to bundle Superfish with their products and I thought they had righted their wrongs. They make great hardware and I happen to love the Yoga series units, but this is very dissapointing. I see others are finding out the same thing.

Ugh! Get it together Lenovo. You make great hardware, but the revenue stream from bundled apps and malware is damaging whatever brand you have left.

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Phishing emails are getting very good

I know what to look for and check and this took quite a while. Wow. Of course, the largest tip-off that this is a fraud is that someone at Wells Fargo (or any bank) is actually trying to proactively help you with anything. That never happens. But, digging deeper into the message source, you see stuff that I haven’t seen before. They are inserting more “Received:” headers to mask the real one from Taiwan.

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Most people will never even look at the message source at all, but even when you do and see this, it still takes a while because it can really look legit with all the bogus wellsfargo.com and postini references.

Man, it’s tough out there in email world nowadays. The payload was a .scr file for Windows by the way in a Zip file.

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This is going to levels I have never seen before. I don’t know how regular folks on Windows will be able to survive even with security if this continues to accelerate and get more and more sophisticated. I suppose just not allowing any files to be sent via email is going to be the eventual step that might curb this sort of malware infection path, but I’m sure there will be more and more doors opening for every one we close.

New spear phishing tactic: notice to appear in court

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Just in time for the holidays, there is a new tactic that the bad guys are sending around in the hopes of getting zip files downloaded and computers infected and it comes as a summons to appear in court.

I’m getting a ton of them and they really are accelerating on numbers.

Integrated Spamassassin and Postfix MTA Setup on Ubuntu

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The wiki entry on the Spamassassin wiki for the simple setup with Postfix is almost there. I recently setup my 12.04 Ubuntu server with Spamassassin with Postfix and everything is working well. I had to do a few more steps to get it working. Here is what I did.

1. Create the spamfilter.sh script detailed on the wiki. Place it in /usr/bin/spamfilter.sh and chmod +x it. Ensure the newly-created /usr/bin/spamfilter.sh has correct permissions (0755), and is owned by root:root.

2. Install/confirm spamassassin is there on Ubuntu

3. Create a new user in Ubuntu “spamd” and create a home directory for it. This is where Spamassassin is going to want to put the Bayes information. It will store it in /home/spamd/.spamassassin

4. Change the /etc/postfix/master.cf first smtp line to this

and add the spamfilter entry towards the bottom of the same /etc/postfix/master.cf file

Here is what mine looks like –

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5. Start spamd. I just started it with a

6. Restart postfix and send a few emails in and out of the server to make sure you have a working system. You should see verbose scoring in headers or, if you get spam during this time, some verbose scoring totals in the email body like below.

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7. If things are working, you can now go in a tweak some stuff. The files you might want to mess with right off the bat are the spamassassin files in /usr/share/spamassassin

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8. I edited the contact address and you can also change the flag on what you want your threshold to be and if you want to have SA insert the scoring in the body of the message as it does by default. These options are in:

and change “report_contact” to your email address

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and there are more options detailed over at the Spamassassin wiki >>  http://wiki.apache.org/spamassassin/FrontPage

Spamassassin and Postfix working together have been great. This is a simple setup with just a few components to minimize possible configuration issues or points of failure. Hope this helps.