Saturday, November 28, 2015

Same Bread; brought to you by Dell

One of the smaller pleasures in life that Lavie and I share are watching the BBC short animated series “Sarah and Duck”.

Alvis is long-gone from the nest but the animation and crack-storytelling of this series is addictive. We keep coming back from more.

There is a card game that Sarah and Duck often are found playing called “Same Bread”. When I grew up we played a variant called “Snap”. The thought is you take turns laying cards from your pile and when a match (same bread picture) results you yell “Same Bread” and slap down on the cards first to win the pile.

So what has this to do with anything?

Dell = Lenovo “Same Bread!” (well almost)

So here was Lenovo’s card from earlier this year

And this week Dell’s card came out; pardon the mess but it was a messy round…they actually played two cards in this game.

Note that I’ve tried to order them from most technically helpful/detailed downward. If you just want to check/fix the issue on your Dell system, jump down to the bottom of the list.

Cleanup and Mitigation

Let’s Go Explore!

That post by Martin Brinkmann has a review/link to RCC to scan the Windows Certificate Store and detect potentially questionable certs. You will have to carefully research and decide on your own if any should be removed.

Check out also his “CTLInfo” app. It is portable and GUI based and can show/report on the Windows system’s Root Certificate Trust List. Added to my utility collection.

These posts are also good showing CTLInfo in action:

Microsoft also has some helpful info.


Claus Valca

1 comment:

FF Extension Guru said...

Never been a fan of Dell, their computers always seemed cheap (ironic as in the 90's a Dell Desktop would run you $2-$4K) and unreliable. At my work we have about 98% various Lenovo Thinkpads (with docking stations) 1% Lenovo M93P (tiny) desktop computer and the other 1% are various HP Desktops from 800G1 to 8200 and 8300 and some Z-Desktop systems which are used for the store's DVR/Camera system. Oh and whatever all-in-one touchscreen system (not Dell) we use for the self-checkouts. Then each store has an iPad and each manager as an iPhone (store delivery drivers have Samsung phones). No Dell's anywhere in our company...with the exception of some Dell monitors we have in our tech area that likely came from a store a long time ago before we switched over to HP, Lenovo or Samsung.

So how soon until we hear from Dell they were hacked and all the information they were secretly collecting has been stolen?