May 9, 2013 archive

Excellent DNSSEC Sessions Coming Up At DNS-OARC Spring Forum This Weekend

dns-oarcThis weekend begins the “Spring Forum” of the Domain Name System Operations Analysis and Research Center, a.k.a. “DNS-OARC” and it once again represents a gathering of many of the prominent people within the DNS / DNSSEC community.  The event takes place in Dublin, Ireland, on the Sunday and Monday morning prior to the RIPE 66 meeting happening for the rest of the week.

In look at the list of contributions to the DNS-OARC Spring Forum, a number are related to DNSSEC and I’m quite looking forward to listening to them.  They include:

DNS Security: Beyond DNSSEC, A “He Must Be Nearing Retirement” Manifesto
Ed Lewis said on a call that he’s going to be talking about ways he thinks DNS can be better secured. Ed has been around the DNS/DNSSEC world for a long time, so I’m looking forward to his ideas.

Measuring DNSSEC
Geoff Huston recently published a long blog post about “Measuring DNSSEC Performance” that got quite deep into analysis. I am assuming Geoff and George Michaelson will be explaining their findings live at this event.

The Use of Elliptic Curve Cryptography in DNSSEC
This presentation by Francis Dupont should be an interesting view into the viewpoint that we ought to be doing more with elliptic curve cryptography (and specifically ECDSA) within DNSSEC.

GPU-based NSEC3 Hash Breaking
Based on the description, this appears to be about a tool that can be used to break the hashes used in NSEC3 records. Not entirely sure where this one is going… so I will be interested to hear it.

Next Steps In Accelerating DNSSEC Deployment
How do we get DNSSEC more rapidly deployed. I’ll be speaking about what we’ve found in the process of developing the DNSSEC side of Deploy360 as well as what has come up through the dnssec-coord mailing list / conference calls and other industry efforts.

Beyond those DNSSEC-related sessions, I’m definitely interested in the sessions around DNS amplification attacks, DNS monitoring and really all the other topics. Definitely a place for those of us interested in DNS and DNSSEC to gather!

I don’t believe there is a livestream, but I do believe the slides will be available as links off the agenda page as they become available.  If you are going to be there at the DNS-OARC Spring Forum, do say hello – and please do let me know your ideas around how we can help here at Deploy360 with resources related to DNSSEC deployment.

Ebook for "7 Deadliest UC Attacks" Now Available DRM-Free From O’Reilly Books

No-drmI was extremely pleased to recently learn that the ebook of "Seven Deadliest Unified Communications Attacks" is now available DRM-free through a deal between Syngress/Elsvier and O'Reilly. As I noted in a recent podcast about DRM-free books, this allows you as the reader much more flexibility and freedom in being able to read the ebook on the platform and device of your choosing.

You can now purchase 7 Deadliest UC Attacks in either Epub of PDF formats directly from O'Reilly.  

The great part about ordering DRM-free ebooks from O'Reilly is that you can easily get back to your ebooks and download them in multiple formats.  They also alert you to updates if there are any.

Kudos to the folks at Elsevier and Syngress for making all of these ebooks available DRM-free!

Packet Pushers Healthy Paranoia Podcast: IPv6 Security Smackdown

Packet Pushers podcast logoInterested in IPv6 security? Back in October 2012, the Packet Pushers podcast had a great show on the topic called “Healthy Paranoia Show 4:IPv6 Security Smackdown!” Guests included many of the people we’ve routinely interacted with about IPv6 at events and on mailing lists:

  • Fernando Gont, security researcher
  • Eric Vyncke, Cisco Distinguished Consulting Engineer and author
  • Joe Klein, security researcher
  • TJ Evans, IPv6 instructor and engineer
  • Jim Small, Sr. Consultant – Network/Security Architecture and Engineering, CDW
  • Scott Hogg, Cisco Press author and Director of Technology Solutions for RMv6TF

The show runs about 90 minutes and is well worth a listen!

TDYR #004 – 1 Year After Going DRM-free, Tor Books Sees No Increase In Piracy

One year after going DRM-free for their ebooks, Tor Books reports that they have "seen no discernible increase in piracy". In this episode I talk about why that is important, how DRM is anti-consumer and as an author and reader why I prefer DRM-free titles. More: Commentary: My DRM-free books: (O'Reilly) (Published by Syngress and recently made available DRM-free through O'Reilly's ebook platform)