Tales from the Crypto

         Alun Jones (Security MVP Reconnect) writes about security, cryptography, SSL, PKI, and pretty much anything else that bothers him enough.

Archive for January, 2010

January 31, 2010

“Someone should invent a machine to do that”

Filed under: Miscellany - not security @ 11:17 am

Lately, I find myself saying this a whole lot. The conversations in which I’m saying this follow the pattern of these examples: Me: “Let me understand your problem – tell me why you don’t want to have expiring passwords on this service account?” Other guy: “Because when we change passwords, we’d have to change the […]

January 22, 2010

Ten key truths

Filed under: General Security,Why is PKI so hard? @ 7:50 am

In the spirit of "ten unavoidable security truths", and numerous other top-ten lists, here’s a list of ten key truths that apply to public / private key pairs: Your private key has to be private to you. It cannot be created by anyone else. Anyone who has your private key is you, for the purposes […]

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