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Links for 2014-04-14

  • Cloudflare demonstrate Heartbleed key extraction

    from nginx. ‘Based on the findings, we recommend everyone reissue + revoke their private keys.’

    (tags: security nginx heartbleed ssl tls exploits private-keys)

  • When two-factor authentication is not enough

    Fastmail.FM nearly had their domain stolen through an attack exploiting missing 2FA authentication in Gandi.

    An important lesson learned is that just because a provider has a checkbox labelled “2 factor authentication” in their feature list, the two factors may not be protecting everything – and they may not even realise that fact themselves. Security risks always come on the unexpected paths – the “off label” uses that you didn’t think about, and the subtle interaction of multiple features which are useful and correct in isolation.

    (tags: gandi 2fa fastmail authentication security mfa two-factor-authentication mail)

  • Of Money, Responsibility, and Pride

    Steve Marquess of the OpenSSL Foundation on their funding, and lack thereof:

    I stand in awe of their talent and dedication, that of Stephen Henson in particular. It takes nerves of steel to work for many years on hundreds of thousands of lines of very complex code, with every line of code you touch visible to the world, knowing that code is used by banks, firewalls, weapons systems, web sites, smart phones, industry, government, everywhere. Knowing that you’ll be ignored and unappreciated until something goes wrong. The combination of the personality to handle that kind of pressure with the relevant technical skills and experience to effectively work on such software is a rare commodity, and those who have it are likely to already be a valued, well-rewarded, and jealously guarded resource of some company or worthy cause. For those reasons OpenSSL will always be undermanned, but the present situation can and should be improved. There should be at least a half dozen full time OpenSSL team members, not just one, able to concentrate on the care and feeding of OpenSSL without having to hustle commercial work. If you’re a corporate or government decision maker in a position to do something about it, give it some thought. Please. I’m getting old and weary and I’d like to retire someday.

    (tags: funding open-source openssl heartbleed internet security money)

  • Huginn

    a system for building agents that perform automated tasks for you online. They can read the web, watch for events, and take actions on your behalf. Huginn’s Agents create and consume events, propagating them along a directed event flow graph. Think of it as Yahoo! Pipes plus IFTTT on your own server. You always know who has your data. You do.
    MIT-licensed open source, built on Rails.

    (tags: ifttt automation huginn ruby rails open-source agents)

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