The scrypt parameters

The recommended scrypt parameters in the Go docs were recently brought up for discussion given they haven't changed since 2009. Even if at this point I memorized the three numbers (N=16384, r=8, p=1) I only have a vague understanding of their meaning, so I took some time… »

We need to talk about Session Tickets

More specifically, TLS 1.2 Session Tickets. Session Tickets, specified in RFC 5077, are a technique to resume TLS sessions by storing key material encrypted on the clients. In TLS 1.2 they speed up the handshake from two to one round-trips. Unfortunately, a combination of deployment realities and three… »

A secure captive portal browser with automatic DNS detection

Captive portals are the worst. Flaky detection. The OS and browser try to detect these annoying network features but fail quite often, leaving you with broken connections. DID YOU KNOW that probe-based captive portal detection really doesn't work very well, with ~30% FP *and* ~30% FN rate in… »

Playing with kernel TLS in Linux 4.13 and Go

Linux 4.13 introduces support for nothing less than... TLS! The 1600 LoC patch allows userspace to pass the kernel the encryption keys for an established connection, making encryption happen transparently inside the kernel. The only ciphersuite supported is AES-128-GCM as per RFC 5288, meaning it only supports TLS version… »

restic cryptography

tl;dr: this is not an audit and I take no responsibility for your backups, but I had a quick look at the crypto and I think I'm going to use restic for my personal backups. I keep hearing good things about restic. I am redoing my storage solution, and… »