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Writings about information security, cryptography, software, and humanity, from a member of the furry fandom.

Opinionated Guides by Vega Deftwing

Vega of Opinionated Guides (OpGuides for short) recently asked to interview me for their website hosted on Github Pages. You can read the interview here if that strikes your fancy. Opinionated Guides is a quite excellent learning resource for various topics ranging from engineering to art, music, and philosophy. One thing I really like about […]

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Programmers Don’t Understand Hash Functions

Programmers don’t understand hash functions, and I can demonstrate this to most of the people that will read this with a single observation: When you saw the words “hash function” in the title, you might have assumed this was going to be a blog post about password storage. (Passwords are the most common knee-jerk reaction […]

Timing Attack on SQL Queries Through Lobste.rs Password Reset

Just to assuage any panic, let me state this up front. If you’re reading this blog post wondering if your Lobste.rs account is at risk, good news: I didn’t publish it until after the vulnerability was mitigated, so you’re safe. You don’t need to change your passwords or anything. This write-up is purely for education […]

Safer Illinois, Isn’t

Wherein some furry casually saves a University tens of thousands of dollars on a NIST SP 800-171 audit they were doomed to fail anyway.