Jahr: 2022

  • Git, PGP, and the Blockchain: A Comparison

    Git, PGP, and the Blockchain: A Comparison

    The Blockchain, a cryptographically linked list with additional restrictions, is often touted to be the most significant innovation towards democratization of the digital landscape, especially the Internet. However, the ideas did not come out of thin air, but have ancestors and relatives. An attempt at technological genealogy.

  • Network Time Security: NTS articles overview

    Network Time Security: NTS articles overview

    NTP, the Network Time Protocol, is the way most computers and mobile devices obtain their time through. NTS (Network Time Security) is to NTP what HTTPS is to HTTP. It also is as easy to upgrade as upgrading to HTTPS is these days: No effort for the client, just adding a certificate for the server. […]

  • Debugging NTS problems

    Debugging NTS problems

    Debugging is hard, debugging security protocols doubly so. And there are not many tools and how-to’s availabe for NTS yet. So, here’s a (short) list of NTS problems I have seen and some tricks for debugging them.

  • NTS and dynamic IP addresses

    NTS and dynamic IP addresses

    Good news is that NTS relies on DNS names, no longer „naked“ IP addresses. But what happens when the DNS name changes, pointing to a different IP address? A look at the protocol, the Chrony source, and the implications.

  • Configuring an NTS-capable NTP server

    Configuring an NTS-capable NTP server

    The choice of Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers supporting NTS is still very limited. Here is some advice to get it to run smooth and trustworty.