The Active Directory datatype cannot be converted to/from a native DS datatype

on Thursday, January 19, 2006
The nice sentence above gave me quite a headache today... as I was deploying the authentication for web app, it blew up with this rather cryptic message, as did every other authenticated web app installed on the machine.

The solution is very simple, so if you happen to get hit by this one, the problem is essentially that the type cache has gone corrupted in a rather typical windows manner, so you have to force it to be rebuilt. You do this by going to %WINDOWS%/SchCache and deleting the files in that directory. Reboot afterwards, and you're done :)

Forgot the Administrator's Password? - Change Domain Admin Password in Windows Server 2003 AD

on Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Forgot the Administrator's Password? - Change Domain Admin Password in Windows Server 2003 AD

Some amazing tidbits of information on how to manipulate windows to do your bidding. It really shows how complex applications end up being almost impossible to secure... especially when they were not designed to be secure to begin with.

How to write Buffer Overflows in Assembly

How to write Buffer Overflows in Assembly

Just as the author wrote the article as a reminder of how to do it, so I am putting this one here so I can remember where to find it! :p Wish I'd do as he did more often, I seem to keep losing code everywhere nowadays...