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Access Control and Security through Obscurity

Posted: Wednesday, July 28th, 2004 @ 5:07 pm in Security & Crypto | Comments Off on Access Control and Security through Obscurity

Dan O’Dowd, the CEO of Green Hills Software believes that Linux is insecure. I won’t try to respond to all of his claims, but there is, at least one point that demands a correction: Many of the objections to my assertion that Linux is not suitable for defense systems are based on the truly bizarre […]

Password Hell

Posted: Tuesday, July 20th, 2004 @ 12:24 pm in Security & Crypto | Comments Off on Password Hell

Dave Barry on passwords (registration required): We employees are required to keep changing our passwords until, in a triumph of corporate security, we cannot remember them even with the aid of Sodium Pentothal. Password management is becoming insane. My bank just recently forced me to change my password after just a few months. Their system […]

Software Code of Ethics

Posted: Thursday, June 24th, 2004 @ 11:02 am in Security & Crypto | Comments Off on Software Code of Ethics

Slate has a simple but particularly on-the-mark article about how “the entire software industry has been designed around our computer illiteracy.” The article blames this setup for the widespread spyware problem. There’s a lot of truth in that. One could say that “designing around illiteracy” is appropriate for just about any complicated consumer product: cars, […]

Expect the Unexpected: Voting and Security

Posted: Monday, June 7th, 2004 @ 3:07 pm in Security & Crypto | Comments Off on Expect the Unexpected: Voting and Security

“You have to expect the unexpected. Of course, if you expect the unexpected, then it’s not really unexpected anymore. And that leaves you open and vulnerable to the truly unexpected.” – Joe Blake, played by Bruce Willis in “Bandits” Security is an intriguing field. While everyone else is trying to make things happen, security folks […]

If you know that I know that Chalabi knows….

Posted: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004 @ 12:12 pm in Security & Crypto | 2 Comments »

CNN reports that Ahmed Chalabi told the Iranians that the US had broken its codes. Read the article more carefully, and you get the feeling that either Iranian intelligence needs an upgrade, or CNN (well, Associated Press) does: Chalabi told the Baghdad chief of the Iranian spy service that the United States was reading its […]