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CODE4LIB October 2012

Subject:

Re: Crappy AJAX

From:

Joe Hourcle <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:41:50 -0400

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On Thu, 25 Oct 2012, Chris Fitzpatrick wrote:

> http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayre's_law


I'm guessing the other people participating in this thread have never had 
men with guns show up to take your server because of a 'security 
incident'.


Or block your server's IP address, and then make you jump through hoops 
for two weeks because they were unhappy with someone uploading an image to 
your trouble ticket system that accepted anonymous submissions ... with 
the explaination that if they managed to get a file on there, the whole 
system was compromised, and had to be blanked and the OS reinstalled.
... it didn't help that the image was text saying something to the effect 
of 'I've hacked your computer'.  And they didn't realize at the time it 
actually had a JPEG exploit in it, so it was the people who downloaded it 
could've been compromised, but it wasn't even a valid exploit against the 
OS we were running.


Or have all of the sysadmins in your group stop work for a day while we 
have a comprehensive scan of all of our machines by the security group 
because someone on the security auditing group noticed that a machine on 
our network sent out a request to some random webserver in the middle of 
the night, and then there was a connection attempted back to that machine 
and another one on our network. ... but they failed to mention was that 
the connection back was from a completely different IP range, and they had 
selectively filtered what they were looking for, so the incoming 
connections were attempted against *all* machines on our network and not a 
sign that someone was being selective in their attempts and cause for 
concern ... and the 'middle of the night' just meant 'before we got in 
this morning', but we have folks who have to work earlier shifts depending 
on when we get assigned antenna time to talk to the spacecraft.


... it makes the people who e-mail convinced that NASA's hiding evidence 
of the existance of alien life seem reasonable by comparison.*

So I actually *do* have a stake in validating what we use as inputs. 
Other people might not, but I do my best to avoid a DOS from our security 
group.**

-Joe


* They don't like that we get highly compressed data for 'space weather'
   purposes, and we replace them with a higher-quality image once it's been
   downloaded through a higher bandwidth link.  They also seem convinced
   that a compression artifact must be at the same distance from us as the
   sun for their size and speed calculations, rather than highly energetic
   particles right at the telescope.

** I've got other stories, too ... but I thought I'd keep it to only the
    ones that actually affected me.

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