Category Archives: Windows

How to Get Mouse Gestures Working in Firefox 3 Beta 5

Firefox 3 Beta is an amazing program - I run it as my default browser and it works great. One thing you may be missing from the beta is the mouse gestures add-in, which is not compatible with Firefox 3 off the shelf. This little hack lets you install the mouse gestures add-on in Firefox 3 so that you can enjoy the beta with the full mouse gestures support available in Firefox 2.

  1. Download and save it in a convenient folder on your hard drive.
  2. Rename the downloaded file so that it has a .zip extension
  3. Open the file in your favorite zip file manager (e.g. WinZip or WinRar)
  4. Extract the file install.rdf from the archive and open it in a text editor
  5. Change the line <em:maxVersion>2.0.0.*</em:maxVersion> to <em:maxVersion>4.0.0.*</em:maxVersion> and save the file.
  6. Drag and drop your modified install.rdf file into the archive window that you have open to insert the updated file into the zip archive
  7. Rename the zip file back to all-in-one_gestures0.18.0-fx.xpi
  8. Drag and drop the file all-in-one_gestures0.18.0-fx.xpi onto a Firefox 3 browser window and complete the instalation

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Hack to Bypass XP Password Protection

New Zealand security researcher Adam Boileau has released a program that allows an attacker to log into a password-protected Windows machine via the computer’s Firewire port.

Interviewed in ITRadio’s Risky Business podcast, Boileau said the tool, released to the public today, could “unlock locked Windows machines or login without a password … merely by plugging in your Firewire cable and running a command”.

Boileau, a consultant with Immunity Inc., said he did not release the tool publicly in 2006 because “Microsoft was a little cagey about exactly whether Firewire memory access was a real security issue or not and we didn’t want to cause any real trouble”.

But now that a couple of years have passed and the issue has not resolved, Boileau decided to release the tool on his website.

The Age has the full story.