Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The security world never ceases to amaze me. A few years ago, a few friends of mine would run around security conferences and drunkenly yell "fuzz tester ! fuzz tester !" at people that, well, fuzzed. I found this really hilarious.

What I find amazing though is that fuzzers are now being seriously discussed in whitepapers and even called "artificial intelligence". Folks, can we please NOT do the time warp again ? And can we please start writing about something new ?

On a side note: Since I am a bit of a language nerd, I can't fail to notice that "artificial intelligence" takes a semantically cool twist when mentioned in the same sentence as "yellowcake from africa".

PS: This post is a rant about people that write about fuzzing as a new threat, not about people that write and use fuzzers. Just to clarify :)
I will have an 8-hour layover in Toronto tomorrow -- anyone up for a coffee ?

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The article at this link is a bit funny, but if it is true that Materazzi made racial slurs against Zidane, then his headbutt was the ONLY proper answer to that.

Racism on the pitch should not be tolerated under any circumstances, and a healthy team would not tolerate racist remarks from any team member.

If Zidane's reaction was a response to racist remarks, then his headbutt is a symbol for a world cup that did not tolerate racism, and that united people from all over the world instead of dividing them.

On a side note, I am very happy for all the Italians :-) and I'd like to thank my Italian neighbours for having invited us to their place to watch the final.

Enough football, now back to work.

Monday, July 10, 2006

I know that I am going to draw the hate of many people for this post, but I refuse to think less of Zidane for the headbutt against Materazzi. As strange as it sounds, for some reason I am quite convinced that he must have had a good reason for this.

Nobody is mad enough to just headbutt an opponent in the worldcup finals in the last game of a legendary career unless he has a very good reason.

But well.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Question for the Blogosphere: Does anyone know of a real-life crypto protocol in which Diffie-Hellmann over a finite field is used, and that finite field is NOT a prime field ? To be exact, I am looking for examples of real-life crypto using Diffie-Hellmann over GF(p^m) where m > 1.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

This Ebay posting for a Yacht that was previously owned by China's Minister of Defense might in fact be a bargain -- I would assume one automatically buys not only the yacht but also some state-of-the-art (of the mid-90's) electronics. I am not sure if that is still worth 2m USD, but still.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

I used to read security blogs via , which now seems down.
It's amusing how quickly I have quit reading blogs since. Funny world.