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Is a MiFi connection a proxy?


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#1 OldSchool1952

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 06:59 AM

I tried installing and doing a first time run of PSI and get the message:

 

Unable to retrieve PSI user ID from Secunia.

 
Please verify that you are able to connect to https://psi3.secunia.com/ and then restart the PSI.
 
NOTE: Proxy support for the PSI is currently unavailable, but is planned for a future release.  If your system requires access to  the Internet through a proxy, you will not be able to use the application at this time.  We apologize for the inconvenience.
 
I can connect to the site using the URL.  Is Verizon's MiFi connection considered a proxy connection?


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 10:37 AM

If you are trying to use the latest version of Secunia, the best thing to do is get rid of it and go back to 2.0. It's on the right side of this page. The new version is terrible and it doesn't work for anyone.

 

 

 

http://secunia.com/products/consumer/PSI/sys_req/



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:50 AM

I did a tracert of both https://psi3.secunia.com/ and https://psi.secunia.com/ but the trace stops at gw.secunia.com [213.150.41.225], and it times out thereafter.  Pinging the URLs and the IP address [213.150.41.226] I get time outs.

 

I am going to browse the Secunia forum some more to see if I can get any info on what is going on with my connection.  It still leaves me to question whether MiFi is acting as a proxy server. 


Edited by OldSchool1952, 31 March 2013 - 12:14 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:00 PM

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Edited by OldSchool1952, 31 March 2013 - 12:16 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:04 PM

This is getting aggravating.  I will try this in two parts.

 

Thanks for the info, however, I still get the same message.  What is the PSI user ID?  Do I have to be registered with Secunia?  I am browsing the web site and don't see any "Sign Up" link.  

 

As suggested from one of Secunia's FAQ's, I have verified in Internet Options that Active Scripting is Enabled, that https://*.secunia.com is a trusted site, "Secunia Update Agent" and "Secunia PSI Agent"  status are "Started", and “Turn off advanced text services for this program” in the executable's properties is checked.  Still the same results.  


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:18 PM

No, you don't have to be registered with Secunia to use PSI. I use it an I have no account with them.

 

Maybe the error message is misleading: it could be that the download of the PSI database via MiFi is so slow (since it's over a cellular network) that you get this error message.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:29 PM

Speedtest.net shows my connection to be 17 Mbps download with a 12 Mbps upload, way faster than DSL.  
 
I did a tracert of both https://psi3.secunia.com/ and https://psi.secunia.com/ but the trace stops at gw.secunia.com [213.150.41.225], and it times out thereafter.  Pinging the URLs and the IP address [213.150.41.226] I get time outs. 
 
I am going to browse the Secunia forum some more to see if I can get any info on what is going on with my connection.  It still leaves me to question whether MiFi is acting as a proxy server.  


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:43 PM

Speedtest.net shows my connection to be 17 Mbps download with a 12 Mbps upload, way faster than DSL.  
 
I did a tracert of both https://psi3.secunia.com/ and https://psi.secunia.com/ but the trace stops at gw.secunia.com [213.150.41.225], and it times out thereafter.  Pinging the URLs and the IP address [213.150.41.226] I get time outs. 
 
I am going to browse the Secunia forum some more to see if I can get any info on what is going on with my connection.  It still leaves me to question whether MiFi is acting as a proxy server.  

Those are very good speeds for a cellular network. Any idea which technology it is?

 

It would surprise me that MiFi is acting as a proxy server, because then your traceroute would not be able to proceed beyound your MiFi device.

FYI: I can traceroute and ping psi3.secunia.com and psi.secunia.com, and I don't see gw.secunia.com [213.150.41.225] on my traceroutes.

 

If you're a bit familiar with networking, use Wireshark to capture what's going on.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:51 PM

I have 4G LTE, the very latest tech. I am curious that you can ping psi.secunia.com, but I can't.  Good idea on the WIreshark; I have it installed but never used it.  I will take a look.



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:38 PM

I've a server in the US, I can ping secunia from that server too. Can you ping other hosts? Like google.com?


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:59 PM

Yes, I can ping anything else, including gw.secunia.com.  gw.secnuial.com is the URL is where tracet https://psi.secunia.com stops; times out thereafter.  Wireshark is not telling me much; it basically shows a lot of clutter that I have yet to figure out but  the packets get as far as the 213.150.41.226 address and times out.  

 

One thing I noticed about MiFi; it has an private Class A address for the router and a Class C for my laptop.  The DNS server, another Class C address, can distribute up to five IP addresses for connection to the router.  I am going to have to go of line to attend family affairs, but, later, I am going to use Wireshark to see if the MIFi router is acting like IIS or something.






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