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Happy Valentines day!

February 14th, 2014

I got a new book for Valentines day. Written in the german language it is "Peer-to-Peer-Netzwerke" (P2P Networks) by Peter Mahlmann and Christian Schindelhauer. I have read a little bit in this book already and think it was worth the buy.


SVPRadio.COM did get Media attention in 2012

February 13th, 2014

I recently found this article at googling for SVP Radio. Probably missed by many as it was new years, but worth the read anyhow. I was silly last night listening on SVP Radio until 4AM! Good times! svpradio.com.


Security can be about Incentives

February 12th, 2014

Basically if the governments want a secure infrastructure they could offer incentives for companies to act accordingly. How does the government do that? By giving away money, for free, given a set of conditions.

Pretend the incentive is set for secure email in that the provider encrypts per SSL in and outgoing email, that's worth some money. If the provider also encrypts mailboxes that are used to store your mail so that even the administrators would be penalized in time if they snooped that would be another set of duckets.

If the provider installs anti-spoof filters, that's another incentive to give them money. And deflection attacks would be minimized. You can go further, VPN exchanges could be set up which are like Internet exchange points but they only pass ESP and IKE/Oakley. Networks that are interested in attaching to these exchange points will have to "peer" with their peers by exchanging crypto certificates and then their traffic is encrypted over the exchange point.

What else can you do, governments could offer money incentives for people programming in secure Open Source software, and money incentives for people providing right patches to fix mistakes. An entire community of security professionals could thus in a non-binding manner make their living. It's an open market, no deadlines but no bullshit.

Think about it Mr. Politician.


New naming scheme after planets

February 12th, 2014

I have 1 planet left to name, and that'll happen soon after the month of march. And then I'll be naming hosts after the greek alphabet. This will give me 24 possible names. I have a png from wikipedia here:

This is in my plans.


After a long downtime my VPS americas is back

February 11th, 2014

After failing to install FreeBSD 10 on virtualbox (it cored in the installer)... I have requested a jail vps (basic plan) from hub.org. It took a few days but we're back online (for the blog at least). I'm very happy about this. I'm back running wildcarddnsd on the basic plan vps and I don't know why I had disabled it in the past, I can't remember. We'll have to see.


OS Changes, back

February 4th, 2014

Americas.centroid.eu is really unstable with OpenBSD, and I can't really afford it being down all the time. I'm going to put FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE on it starting tomorrow, hoping FBSD will have a bit more stability. I'm going to have to port the mps software to FreeBSD... ouch.


Purchased new iTunes Album

January 31st, 2014

I have decided to spend money on 1 album a month on itunes. So last month I got Gappy Ranks - Shining hope and for the month of february I got Morgan Heritage - Here comes the kings. I like reggae music!


My apology to OpenBSD

January 28th, 2014

I dropped the bomb on OpenBSD by publically announcing a program on a mailing list that at least in my case puts OpenBSD in an infinite loop. I reproduced this condition on another platform today and here is the console output:

So I want to say I'm sorry publically on my blog. I don't know what I was thinking, but I was stressed that my VPS was constantly in this condition, and having to ask the admin of the VPS host to reset my VPS puts strain on everyone. I just hope someone at OpenBSD can fix this because I can't, I lack the skill, and it seems to be a difficult spot where this infinite loop is played out.


Someone actively probed my MPS tunnel (MITM)

January 24th, 2014

My closed-sourced mpsd was probed by an unknown mitm attack, and it hung up.

Jan 24 13:48:51 americas mpsd[21598]: len too long 
At the same time I saw that my host was unable to be pinged past 99% packet loss. What's interesting to note here is that mpsd has a TCP tunnel open so there is sequencing and checksums involved, those were actively forged by the attack.


FreeBSD 10.0 released!

January 21st, 2014

FreeBSD 10.0 has been released. I look forward to making use of this on and off work. Congratulations to the FreeBSD Team. In the past I have donated money to them including 250 dollars last year, we'll have to see what I can do this year, but it's too early in the year to judge how much I want to donate. Right now it's celebration time for most of the BSD's!


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