The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

All I want to do is log in …

Gah! Computer security is annoying!

Due to some recent attacks, we've implemented some ad-hoc changes to network security until we can get something better into place. Right now, we're filtering all ssh traffic on our routers, as well as on some individual servers, in addition to single packet authentication on one of our servers.

And I don't know what's more annoying—the script kiddies or our ad-hoc security measures.

I wasted today just trying to get this “single packet authentication” thingy working (since I need to work on “Project: Leaflet” and it would make my life a whole lot easier if I could log in directly) only to have it fail.

Miserably. (How miserably? I turned off the filtering on the router, the firewall on the physical server, the actual single packet authentication daemon, allowed anyone to log in via ssh, and I still wasn't getting through. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!)

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