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Re: How about a game of chess? (was Re: Vulnerbilities of Interconnection)

  • From: Sean Donelan
  • Date: Fri Sep 06 15:13:01 2002

On Fri, 6 Sep 2002 sgorman1@gmu.edu wrote:
> Actually I do not know how to play chess maybe *Risk*, but your point
> is well taken.  The intent is not provide a public recipe for taking
> down the Internet, that would be the opposite goal of the research to
> begin with.  Regardless it is difficult line to tread and it is best
> to err on the side of caution.

Bell Labs published papers on security problems in the IP protocol and the
Clipper chip.  On the other hand Bell Labs had a policy of not publishing
papers about security issues in protocols such as SS7.  Did not publishing
the information keep the telephone network more secure, or did publishing
make the Internet less secure?

Did it make a difference? I don't know.  People building new networks
should be aware of the risks so they can address them.  We don't keep
fire or building codes a secret, because we want people to build safe
buildings.  How do people learn how to build secure networks if the
information is secret?





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