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‘Elders of the Internet’ apologise for social media, recommend Trump filters to fix it

A new Internet Engineering Task Force draft proposes to apologise for social media. Issued on Monday July 16th, the draft titled “Social Media (An Apology)” is signed by “The Elders of the Internet” and opens by noting “Recently, you may have noticed a dramatic increase in the amount of opprobrium, outrage, hate speech and …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2018
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DNS ad-hocracy in peril as ICANN advisors mull root server shakeup

Internet overseer ICANN is considering a self-managed governance model for the world's Domain Name System root servers – and one of the outcomes could be a reduction in the number of root servers. Today, 12 companies operate the 13 DNS root servers that are used by browsers and other software to ultimately translate domain …
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Be The Packet. Take each hop it makes. Your network will repay you

Roundup Did you ever wish you had a half-a-gigabit-per-second connection you could fire up anytime, at zero cost? You can, it turns out – but only between paired Android phones. Google last week announced an upgrade to its Files Go app, which it says is particularly popular for phone-to-phone transfers in places like India as it gets …
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In non-startling news, EFF says STARTTLS email crypto is mostly done wrong

Having successfully pushed for universal HTTPS Web encryption, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's next protocol push is for “STARTTLS Everywhere”. It's testament to system administrator inertia that a protocol first published in 2002 and available in all major e-mail clients and servers is still not everybody's default. By …
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Net's druids thrash out specs for an independent IETF

The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken another step on its road to independence, publishing a for-discussion proposal covering its likely administrative arrangements. It's part of a process we first reported in April of this year, designed to formalise the arrangements that keep the 'net's technical standards flowing. …

It's time for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 to die (die, die)

As TLS 1.3 inches towards publication into the Internet Engineering Task Force's RFC series, it's a surprise to realise that there are still lingering instances of TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1. The now-ancient versions of Transport Layer Security (dating from 1999 and 2006 respectively) are nearly gone, but stubborn enough that Dell …
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IETF wants packets to prove where they've been, to improve trust

Virtualization changes everything – and in the case of the routers that keep the Internet working, it's not always in a good way. Over the years, the IETF has accepted a variety of proposals that let network admins stipulate where their packets will go, under working groups like Internet Traffic Engineering and Service …
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IETF: GDPR compliance means caring about what's in your logfiles

Sysadmins: while you're busy getting ready for the GDPR-regulated world, don't forget what your servers are storing in their logfiles. That advice comes courtesy of a draft mulled by the Internet Engineering Task Force's Internet Area Working Group (IETF's INTAREA). The document, here, offered a handy checklist as a set of …
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Internet Engineering Task Force leaves home, gets own bank account

If all goes according to plan, the venerable Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) will this week tackle a fiendishly difficult problem: standing on its own administrative feet. Today, the IETF exists as an Internet Society (ISOC) activity under a structure that is more than a decade old and needs a refresh. The IETF has …
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Hurrah! TLS 1.3 is here. Now to implement it and put it into software

The ink has dried, so to speak, on TLS 1.3, so it's time for work developing software to implement the standard to begin in earnest. As we reported last week, now that the protocol's received the necessary consensus in the IETF, implementation “will require people to put in some effort to make it all work properly.” Vulture …
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April FAIL as IETF's funny-but-dodgy draft doc arrives a week early

The Internet Engineering Task Force has a long and honourable tradition of April Fool's jokes, but to The Register's knowledge, this is a first: an April 1 document published ahead of time. Although this pre-RFC internet draft, titled "The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch," was submitted by a one Ronald Tse, the alleged author is …
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Remember information-centric networking? It's on the way back

Ten years ago, the world of tech was waking up to three hot new technologies – Software-Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualisation, and Information-Centric Networking. The first two are now sweeping the world, but what happened to the third? You'd be forgiven for thinking the technology had passed to a quiet grave, …
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Good luck saying 'Sorry I'm late, I had to update my car's firmware'

The IETF has noticed how badly Internet of Things firmware is managed, and wants it fixed. Whether it's the Mirai botnet's attack on Dyn, smart sex toys with dumb vulns, or easily hackable home routers, the problem is often that firmware fixes are needed but too often aren't installed. The Software Updates for Internet of …
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Who can save us? It's 2018 and some email is still sent as cleartext

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has emitted another small advance in its program to protect as much of the Internet as it can, with a request that email systems finish encrypting all their connections. In RFC 8314, Windrock's Keith Moore and Oracle's Chris Newman explain that there some interactions between email …

Liberating SSH from Logjam leftovers

A recent Request for Comment at the Internet Engineering Task Force calls for SSH developers to deprecate 1,024-bit moduli. RFC 8270 was authored by Mark Baushke (at Juniper Networks but working as an individual*) and Loganaden Velvindron (of Mauritian group Hackers.mu) in response to demand for a response to the 2015 Logjam …
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IETF protects privacy and helps net neutrality with DNS over HTTPS

The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken the first steps towards a better way of protecting users' DNS queries and incidentally made a useful contribution to making neutrality part of the 'net's infrastructure instead of the plaything of ISPs. The Register first noticed the technology in this article by Mark Nottingham ( …
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SSL spy boxes on your network getting you down? But wait, here's an IETF draft to fix that

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has just put out a new draft for a standard that would enable folks to effectively bypass surveillance equipment on their networks to maintain secure connections. The working draft from three Cisco employees notes that so-called middleboxes – which intercept and decrypt connections – …

Updating Things: IETF bods suggest standard

A trio of ARM engineers have devoted some of their free time* to working up an architecture to address the problem of delivering software updates to internet-connected things. Repeated IoT breaches – whether it's cameras, light bulbs, toys or various kinds of sex toys – have made it painfully clear that too many Things aren't …

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