Sunday, November 22, 2015

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Newegg.com compromised!

 
 Newegg.com has been compromised by a nasty "flash upgrade" pop up that leads to malicious software. DO NOT ACCEPT!!!

Redit link 1: https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcsales/comments/3sva4q/meta_allegedly_newegg_has_been_hacked_and_it_is/

Original source: http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/newegg-appears-to-be-infected-with-some-kind-of-social-engineering-hack.217568/

Someone has encountered the problem with Kasperski (sorry for mentioning another vendor! But this needed to be said)

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(Care of Jetster At Tech Power up forums)


Here's a handy report on the IP address this attack is originating from http://urlquery.net/report.php?id=1447553569796
Please see there lots of IPs to block in your firewalls to further secure yourselves from other malware/attacks as well. I blocked in my hardware and software firewalls and hostsfiles as well. I suggest y'all do so too



For all that want to contact the owners of the IP address where the attacks originated from please contact support@centrilogic.com and be very nice and tell them the attacks came from codehost.ml and they are hosted with PKHost which resides on the network of Centrilogic. If we get rid of the source of the attacks we can save other webmasters/admins as well as newegg. source 1 http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://www.codehost.ml source 2: http://urlquery.net/report.php?id=1447553569796 also source2 has IP addresses you can block in your firewalls till centrilogic or the other layers of the food chain can take action. Please be safe eggers!
 
 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Amped Wireless APR175 review



1)Intro
2)Features
3)Setup
4)Wireless configuration
5)Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
6)Firmware notes
7)Closing Notes

Intro: The Amped Wireless APR175 is a SOHO level wireless access point that is targeted at pro-sumers market  has an average amount  of features and can tolerate a good bit of heavy usage that pro-sumers require. 

Features: The Amped Wireless APR175 features the following:


1) Dual band 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz operation with 3 x 3 MIMO connectivity at up to 1200Mbps
2) 2 wired Gigabit LAN ports (1 PoE uplink/1 LAN)
3) 3 3x3mimo  dual band ext antennas with 27dBm output power for great wireless coverage.
4) SSIDs with configurable VLANs for each one providing more security then standard guest networks
5) Can operate as a controller and manage up to 7 APR175s with grouping
6) Full VLAN configuration 
7) And lots more


Setup: 

Setup was average, needed to be set as “access point” mode for this test. 
Also was unable to complete setup wirelessly. Needed to connect laptop to eth port to complete setup. 
Unit has a power brick like a laptop one instead of on the plug itself. 
Unit powered as PoE from a Cisco Meraki MS220-8P Poe Switch in 802.3.AT mode. 
Obtained proper IP from Cisco Meraki Z1 router within 4 minutes. 

Let's take a look at the really helpful status page that tells us all our status.




Wireless Configuration: 

Here’s the WLAN config screens:
Radio Settings:



Security Settings:



The Amped Wireless APR175 supports WPA/WPA2 security. Also supports RADIUS with external server. 
Unit lacks onboard RADIUS server and splash authentication pages. Also lacks proper SNMP implementation. Unable to edit strings and import MIB/OID file to apps like PRTG
Also adding another VLAN SSID does NOT work. clients stuck at "obtaining IP address"


Throughput Tests: (Wireless)

I will be using LAN Speed test for the throughput tests and PRTG to generate the graphs. It also is a comprehensive enterprise level network monitoring software and it can record uptime, transfer rates, errors, etc. 

Test environment: (Set 1)

Specs of Building: This is going through about 32 ft through 2 walls, a solid all-wood dresser, and a chimney. The room has plaster walls in some places. 

Specs of server :(my machine in the same room as the Amped WirelessAPR175): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC

Specs of client: (remote machine in other room): AGNXAndrakon/AMD Phenom 9650/6GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Asus AC53 USB WLAN connection

5Ghz 802.11anac mode: Channel 36+ -60dBm

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 20Mbytes/sec or 160Mbits/sec


2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6  -45dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 5Mbytes/sec or 40Mbits/sec





Test environment: (Set 2)

Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the Amped WirelessAPR175 is located. 

Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theAmped WirelessAPR175): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC

Specs of client: HP2000-412NR/AMD E300/8GB DDR3 RAM/300 GB HDD/AMD RADEON 6310/Windows 7 x64 Home Premium/RalinkRT5390 WLAN
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6 -50dBm

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 4Mbytes/sec or 32Mbits/sec 


Same system WLAN USB (Edimax AC600)

5.0Ghz 802.11ac mode channel 36+ -66dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 8Mbytes/sec or 64Mbits/sec







Conclusion: 

Pros:
Ø Easy controls and options
Ø Decent throughput
Ø Fairly smooth setup

Cons:
Ø Lacks some options for configuration 
Ø No detailed RF controls or monitoring
Ø No splash screen authentication
Ø No onboard RADIUS server
Ø No device onboarding
 
Ø No band steering
Ø Clunky UI
Ø No detailed client statistics like error rates, data-link rates, HOSTNAME, etc. Only displays MAC add and sig str. 


Rating:  5/10 
Recommended: mabye