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Leading researcher Ian Goldberg on IM security

Andareed Re:shared secret FTW (9 comments)

It seems to already do this. When I establish an OTR connection with someone for the first time it asks me to enter a shared secret. You also don't need to maintain the same public key between multiple machines that you might use.

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Off-the-Record Messaging: Why You Should Use It

Andareed Andareed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Andareed (990785) writes "Ian Goldberg, co-creator of the Off-the-Record Messaging (OTR) protocol discusses OTR and its importance in today's world. Many instant messaging applications offer some form of encryption and authentication. However, most implementations are deficient. For example, Trillian's implementation is vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. Most implementations also use digital signatures to authenticate, providing proof that you sent a certain message. OTR is designed to provide authentication while ensuring deniability and perfect forward secrecy. Plugins for Pigin/GAIM, Trillian, MSN, and others are available at the OTR website. With the recent NSA wiretapping activities and increasing Big Brother presence, you can't afford not to use OTR."
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Andareed Andareed writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Andareed (990785) writes "Richard M. Stallman , founder of GNU, the FSF, and the Free Software Movement discusses the past, present and future of the GPL. In particular, RMS discusses the new GPLv3 and how it applies to software patents and propriertary software. He also discusses what he sees as the future of Linux and Hurd. He attacks binary-only drivers in the linux kernel (read: NVIDIA and ATI) and insists that companies must release open-source Linux drivers or "suffer the wrath of the Free Software Movement"."
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Andareed Andareed writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Andareed (990785) writes "Many people have the technical talent to create a software product but lack the business knowledge needed to start a successful software company around their product. Renowned economist Larry Smith discusses what is needed to create a successful software company. Smith also gives examples of software companies that have failed and software companies that have succeeded, and explains why they were unsuccessful or successful."
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Andareed Andareed writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Andareed writes "Alex Ionescu, a lead developer of ReactOS (an open-source, source and binary compatible clone of Windows NT) recently gave a talk on the internals of ReactOS. In this talk, Ionescu also discusses how ReactOS is nearing complete kernel compatibility with Windows Server 2003. Interestingly, Ionescu hints that there are no plans for ReactOS once the kernel has been completed."
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Andareed Andareed writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Andareed (990785) writes "Lately Symantec and others have been complaining about how Vista's new security features, like Kernel Patch Protection, will lock them out. A Vista senior product manager for security is now dispelling these myths. Apparently, patch protection has been present for two years (in Windows XP/2003 x64 versions) and Symantec is only now complaining about it..."

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