Archive for the ‘cpsc433’ Category

Class Cancelled

Friday, May 20th, 2005

Well… actually, you probably knew that. I was, like some of the rest of you folks, stuck in traffic on the 57. Incident Response and Forensics will, of course, not be covered in the Final Exam. If you haven’t turned in Assignment 8, you may do so on the day of the final.

Full-Disclosure Weekend

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

Final Review

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

The review sheet for the final exam is ready.

Symantec Worm Simulator

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Symantec has released a Worm Simulator. I can’t tell whether this is just a sales tool (”Oooh, look at the scary worm! Buy stuff from us or the worm will get you!”) or if it could be useful as a research tool.

If you’re running Windows, download it and let me know.

The DNS Poisoning Attacks

Friday, April 8th, 2005

As of this post, the latest update from SANS was here.

The attacks are serious enough that the Internet Storm Center has raised their Infocon level to “Yellow.” I know this because the icon in my system tray has turned yellow and started flashing.

SIGINT

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

For those of you who are interested in spy-stuff, I recommend the new book Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping by Patrick Radden Keefe.

To quote Scott McNealy (CEO of Sun Microsystems): “You already have no privacy. Get over it.”

The Secret Service and Distributed Computing

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

The Washington Post has an article on the Secret Service’s internal system for cracking encrypted files. Sort of their own distributed.net.

E-mail address encryption

Saturday, March 19th, 2005

Ok, this is kind of neat: a program that takes your e-mail address, encrypts it using 10-bit RSA, then generates a JavaScript program to decrypt it and generate a mailto: link in a web page. Why do such a thing? Because if you post an e-mail address as plaintext on a web page (like, say, that link to spool@kenytt.net over on the left), it’ll be a matter of minutes before some lowlife scrapes it and spams you.

So I was setting up an autoresponder for homework assignments, and figured I’d give it a shot.

Paper Summary 4

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

As promised, I’ve moved the due date for Paper Summary 4 until after Spring Break. Notice, though, that Paper Summary 5 is due at the very next class meeting — I recommend that you do not put it off until then.

Midterm Review

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

The review sheet for the midterm is available.

Note that I’ve revised the course outline slightly, dropping Chapter 15 from the midterm, paring down a few chapters into individual sections, adding a section (6.4), and adding a second reading to the section on Kerberos.