10.12.21

Gemini version available ♊︎

Firefox 93 Disables Triple DES and Doesn’t Mention NSA Backdoors. Windows 11 Continues Degrading VPNs With It If They Use the Native APIs.

Posted in Microsoft, Security, Windows at 6:23 am by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Summary: Firefox 93 has finally disabled the NSA-backdoored and weak Triple DES encryption when you connect to “secure” websites.

In their blog post, Mozilla imply that all that’s wrong with it is that it’s obsolete and seen better days, however, the US National Security Agency was involved and weakened the entire scheme to the point where they could easily break it, but thought that nobody else could for a while.

Flash forward to today, and Triple DES can be easily attacked using many known weaknesses and, if you know the terrible security track record of the OpenSSL project, they dropped it by default (and you’d have to turn it back on) in 2016.

What’s amusing, is that Microsoft and their pet lap dogs over at the Linux (Destroying) Foundation, which has little to do with Linux anymore and more to do with producing mountains of whitepapers using indecipherable buzzwords, technobabble, and treknobabble that would probably make Laura Callahan blush, got together with other companies and poured money into OpenSSL. Lots of money.

And the result of this money is…….. that we’re still stuck with a bloated train wreck that has a lot of obsolete code and security issues.

Some GNU/Linux distros tried switching to LibreSSL, but that turned out to be an even bigger disaster in some ways because the OpenBSD people consider the Apache 2 license to be “non-Free” because it doesn’t allow patent trolls to give you a program and then sue you for using it, and since OpenSSL is now under that license, it means they can’t just pull code from it, and pretty much all hope of remaining API/ABI compatible or something close to it went out the window.

“Still, just one of the many lingering security problems regarding Triple DES is that the Windows 10 and now, “11” operating systems continue to use it despite it being known for years to be bugdoored by NSA and vulnerable to known attacks and providing weak security, if you use the built-in implementation of IKEv2 to connect to a virtual private network.”And although OpenSSL is a crucial component of every Windows OS out there, anything that goes wrong with it is a “Linux bug” in the media. That’s not an accident. It’s a deliberate red herring.

Still, just one of the many lingering security problems regarding Triple DES is that the Windows 10 and now, “11” operating systems continue to use it despite it being known for years to be bugdoored by NSA and vulnerable to known attacks and providing weak security, if you use the built-in implementation of IKEv2 to connect to a virtual private network. This is one reason why no decent VPN company will touch Windows’ included VPN services and usually bundle OpenVPN or, now, Wireguard.

Microsoft is still out there pretending to give a shit about security, when this is happening. Windows “11” has been a complete disaster of performance-killing bugs, especially for gamers and people who use the AMD Ryzen CPU platform, and that’s assuming folks can even get it to install in the first place.

Internally, Windows rots away and continues its ride into the sunset as a legacy platform, which oddly can now be used by only 15-20% of all PCs out there. Meaning, there’s never been a better time to get away from it.

Yes, that’s right, while the overwhelming majority of PCs out there can install GNU/Linux distributions, Microsoft has deliberately made most of them “incompatible” with a blacklist, or slowed them down with “bugs” so that users go “Welp, time to buy new stuff again!”.

“Microsoft usually sabotages their older products so that people holding out on them or trying to use them on newer computers to forestall having to deal with the latest bloat, bugs, backdoors, and other bullshit give up and throw in the towel.”There’s about to be a fire sale of cheap used computers that will run GNU/Linux fine. Many people fall for this old chestnut every few years and never learn.

Microsoft usually sabotages their older products so that people holding out on them or trying to use them on newer computers to forestall having to deal with the latest bloat, bugs, backdoors, and other bullshit give up and throw in the towel.

They talk about “new silicon” (CPUs) “being designed” for their latest OS, but people were installing Windows 7 on Skylake stuff that came with Windows 10, and the only thing that got in the way was Microsoft disabling Windows Update at a certain point if you did.

This goes way back, I’m told, to at least Windows 95.

Hey, Nathan Lineback would probably know. He was doing just about anything to keep Windows 95 trucking along, including figuring out how to use USB thumb drives on it and getting Seamonkey 2.0 to work. Which is oddly dedicated to a Microsoft OS from decades past (for a guy who otherwise seems to hate everything they’ve done), but oh well.

They are easily one of the most dishonest and disreputable companies on the planet. Why, oh why, do people insist on using this?

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. [Meme] [Teaser] Oligarchs-Controlled Patent Offices With Media Connections That Cover Up Corruption

    As we shall see later today, the ‘underworld’ in Bulgaria played a role or pulled the strings of politically-appointed administrators who guarded Benoît Battistelli‘s liberticidal regime at the EPO



  2. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, October 24, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, October 24, 2021



  3. Links 25/10/2021: EasyOS 3.1 and Bareflank 3.0

    Links for the day



  4. The Demolition of the EPO Was Made Possible With Assistance From Countries That Barely Have European Patents

    The legal basis of today's EPO has been crushed; a lot of this was made possible by countries with barely any stakes in the outcome



  5. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXII: The Balkan League - North Macedonia and Albania

    We continue to look at Benoît Battistelli‘s enablers at the EPO



  6. Links 24/10/2021: GPS Daemon (GPSD) Bug and Lots of Openwashing

    Links for the day



  7. Links 24/10/2021: XWayland 21.1.3 and Ubuntu Linux 22.04 LTS Daily Build

    Links for the day



  8. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, October 23, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, October 23, 2021



  9. Links 24/10/2021: Ceph Boss Sage Weil Resigns and Many GPL Enforcement Stories

    Links for the day



  10. GAFAM-Funded NPR Reports That Facebook Let Millions of People Like Trump Flout the So-called Rules. Not Just “a Few”.

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  11. Some Memes About What Croatia Means to the European Patent Office

    Before we proceed to other countries in the region, let’s not forget or let’s immortalise the role played by Croatia in the EPO (memes are memorable)



  12. Gangster Culture in the EPO

    The EPO‘s Administrative Council was gamed by a gangster from Croatia; today we start the segment of the series which deals with the Balkan region



  13. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXI: The Balkan League – The Doyen and His “Protégée”

    The EPO‘s circle of corruption in the Balkan region will be the focus of today’s (and upcoming) coverage, showing some of the controversial enablers of Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos, two deeply corrupt French officials who rapidly drive the Office into the ground for personal gain (at Europe’s expense!)



  14. Links 23/10/2021: FreeBSD 12.3 Beta, Wine 6.20, and NuTyX 21.10.0

    Links for the day



  15. IRC Proceedings: Friday, October 22, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, October 22, 2021



  16. [Meme] [Teaser] Crime Express

    The series about Battistelli's "Strike Regulations" (20 parts thus far) culminates as the next station is the Balkan region



  17. Links 23/10/2021: Star Labs/StarLite, Ventoy 1.0.56

    Links for the day



  18. Gemini on Sourcehut and Further Expansion of Gemini Space

    Gemini protocol is becoming a widely adopted de facto standard for many who want to de-clutter the Internet by moving away from the World Wide Web and HTML (nowadays plagued by JavaScript, CSS, and many bloated frameworks that spy)



  19. Unlawful Regimes Even Hungary and Poland Would Envy

    There’s plenty of news reports about Polish and Hungarian heads of states violating human rights, but never can one find criticism of the EPO’s management doing the same (the mainstream avoids this subject altogether); today we examine how that area of Europe voted on the illegal "Strike Regulations" of Benoît Battistelli



  20. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XX: The Visegrád Group

    The EPO‘s unlawful “Strike Regulations” (which helped Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos illegally crush or repress EPO staff) were supported by only one among 4 Visegrád delegates



  21. [Meme] IBM Has Paid ZDNet to Troll the Community

    Over the past few weeks ZDNet has constantly published courses with the word "master" in their headlines (we caught several examples; a few are shown above); years ago this was common, also in relation to IBM itself; clearly IBM thinks that the word is racially sensitive and offensive only when it's not IBM using the word and nowadays IBM pays ZDNet — sometimes proxying through the Linux Foundation — to relay this self-contradictory message whose objective is to shame programmers, Free software communities etc. (through guilt they can leverage more power and resort to projection tactics, sometimes outright slander which distracts)



  22. [Meme] ILO Designed to Fail: EPO Presidents Cannot be Held Accountable If ILOAT Takes Almost a Decade to Issue a Simple Ruling

    The recent ILOAT ruling (a trivial no-brainer) inadvertently reminds one of the severe weaknesses of ILOAT; what good is a system of accountability that issues rulings on decisions that are barely relevant anymore (or too late to correct)?



  23. Links 22/10/2021: Trump's AGPL Violations and Chrome 95 Released

    Links for the day



  24. [Meme] How Corporate Monopolies Demonise Critics of Their Technically and Legally Problematic 'Products'

    When the technical substance of some criticism stands (defensible based upon evidence), and is increasingly difficult to refute based on facts, make up some fictional issue — a straw man argument — and then respond to that phony issue based on no facts at all



  25. Links 22/10/2021: Global Encryption Day

    Links for the day



  26. [Meme] Speaking the Same Language

    Language inside the EPO is misleading. Francophones Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos casually misuse the word “social”.



  27. António Campinos Thinks Salary Reductions Months Before He Leaves is “Exceptional Social Gesture”

    Just as Benoît Battistelli had a profound misunderstanding of the concept of “social democracy” his mate seems to completely misunderstand what a “social gesture” is (should have asked his father)



  28. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, October 21, 2021

    IRC logs for Thursday, October 21, 2021



  29. Links 21/10/2021: MX Linux 21 and Git Contributors’ Summit in a Nutshell

    Links for the day



  30. [Meme] [Teaser] Miguel de Icaza on CEO of Microsoft GitHub

    Our ongoing series, which is very long, will shed much-needed light on GitHub and its goals (the dark side is a lot darker than people care to realise)


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts