Category Archives: trust

Reactive Systems and Software Fire-Drills

In contrast with the fault-injection aspect of failure testing, the ACM Queue case-study article on the Hootsuite reactive system evolution is more understandable at a 40,000-foot level.  There are a great many architectural and software-engineering organization and process considerations in … Continue reading

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Failure Testing of Complex Distributed Systems: Confirmable Experience?

The article, “Abstracting the Geniuses Away from Failure Testing” puzzles me. There appears to be agreement that the inability to demonstrate the durability and graceful degradation of distributed protocols is a matter of failed abstractions.  At the same time there … Continue reading

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Identity Is not a Thing

It is amazing to me how many ways notions of identity are employed and how nebulous identity itself remains.  Consider all of the variations identified in Wikipedia.  Contrast the social-science distinctions of identity with the tacit assumption of identity as … Continue reading

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Guardian, Dictator, Manager, Mentor, or Collaborator Be?

For open-source projects that I initiate, I want some way to acknowledge differentiation of roles that permit me to preserve in some friendly way my vision of what is essential for trustworthy development, releases, and life-cycle support.  I settled on … Continue reading

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How an epic blunder by Adobe could strengthen hand of password crackers | Ars Technica

Via Dan Goodin on Ars Technica, 2013-11-01 Four weeks ago, Adobe disclosed a sustained hack on its corporate network that threatened to spawn a wave of meaner malware attacks by giving criminals access to the raw source code for the … Continue reading

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Sometimes, worrying about man-in-the-middle attacks is not just paranoia

I have a friend who is seriously concerned about man-in-the-middle attacks on his communications.  He uses digital signatures on all of his e-mails. I generally reciprocate, and I will again once Outlook 2013 on Windows 8 stops crashing when I … Continue reading

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Improving Hashes Doesn’t Improve Passwords

Yesterday, an effort to produce a new Password Hashing Algorithm was announced.  Dennis Fisher describes the initiative in his 2013-02-15 Kaspersky threatpost article, “Cryptographers Aim to Find New Password Hashing Algorithm.”  Here’s my comment. First, the article suggests that the … Continue reading

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