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Understanding HKDF

HKDF has poorly-understood subtleties. Let’s explore them in detail.

Furry Porn Against NFTs: A Call to Forearms

In A Furry’s Guide to Cryptocurrency, I briefly mentioned that NFTs are a dumb idea and not a valid reason for anyone–but especially furries–to get involved with cryptocurrency. The legitimate reasons for furries to consider cryptocurrency are to protect porn artists and sex workers from the overreach of the conservative finance sector. To bank the […]

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.

Lightning Round

An assortment of topics that don’t quite deserve their own dedicated blog post.

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