Category Archives: security

Kaspersky: Uninstall Java Now

Echoing what I’ve been saying for years, threatpost.com, the Kaspersky Lab news blog today says that, in light of the recent OSX/Java exploits, “the best course of action is to uninstall Java.”

They make a decent comparison between the Oracle of today and the Adobe of a few years ago.  I’d go farther and argue that Oracle isn’t the new Adbobe so much as the original Adobe–insular, arrogant, bloated, self-serving.

This is why, for at least the last 10 years, I have only been willing to install Java on virtual machines or hardware that would be erased at the end of the project (often by the end of the day).  Coincidentally, this is exactly how I treat iTunes–install when needed, then purge asap.

Remote Desktop when all Terminal Services Connections are in Use

This comes up more often than we’d like. And while I’d love Microsoft to fix this and allow unlimited Remote Desktop connections to a server, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. If you get the dreaded “The terminal server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connections” message, here’s how you can force connect and boot someone else:

Mstsc /v:192.168.0.x /admin /F

It used to be /console instead of /admin, but that went away in XP SP3.

But let’s be clear on what the real fix here is: Microsoft needs to release the 2-user limit on administrator connections for servers that are never going to be used as interactive applications servers. If I’m setting up a new web server or SQL server, there’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to have three or five or 10 administrators logged in at once.