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Month: July 2019

A Case To Prove Facebook is Listening


I typically don’t write about things like this, but I think I finally got a case where I nor anyone with my IP address looked up the subject matter in question. I’ve been trying to isolate an incident like this, but every time I’ve had the chance someone with the same IP typically causes these types of scenarios, that I’m about to describe, to happen.


My family and I went to the Japanese steak house in our hometown for dinner last Tuesday night. While we were waiting on our drinks my daughter was watching one of the TVs on the wall. I saw that it was a cartoon and the “Boomerang” logo in the corner. She seemed to be enjoying the cartoon and I said, “That’s the Boomerang channel and you don’t get the Boomerang channel at home, Kido.” I turned and finished talking to my wife. I didn’t think anything about it, nor did my wife or child for that matter.

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Watchguard Fireware 12.4 – Randomly Open TCP port 50001

I was doing a standard PCI scan from one of the CC vendors. The scan results came back with a port that was open on 50001. This was not a port I normally use, so I did a quick nmap scan from one my VPS providers. Sure enough the port was showing open.

I was puzzled and quickly audited my firewall rules. Nothing pertaining to port 50001 stuck out at me. Nmap was showing that it was open so I tried to telnet to it and sure enough I could connect via telnet.

I decided to contact support and after they looked at my config files, they confirmed this was a bug in 12.4. They suggested we upgrade to 12.4.1 and it would fix the issue.

The 12.4.1 fireware did fix the issue.

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