Sunday, February 25, 2018

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Due to a cold and life generally getting in the way, the release date for Miranda is now 1/31/2018.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Talking at the 9/12/2017 Denver Tech Talks meetup

I'm giving a talk on Miranda at the 9/12/2017 meeting of the Denver Tech Talks meetup.

SHA-256

A new change to Miranda came from the Denver/Boulder Cybersecurity Meetup to use SHA256 instead of SHA1 to determine if a file has changed.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Changing the Java and SSL Presentation to CLCL

Yesterday I decided to create a new library for crypto tasks: the com ltsllc crypto library or clcl.  I now need to change my presentation to incorporate clcl.

I decided to keep the same basic structure; just make clcl more of a solution to Java and SSL's problems.  The basic tasks remain the same:

  • Create a key pair
  • Create a CA
  • Create a CSR
  • Create a certificate
To this I have added various file-oriented tasks:
  • Load/store a key pair in a Java key store
  • Load/store a key pair in a PEM file
  • Load/store a certificate in a Java key store
  • Load/store a certificate in a PEM file
PEM files have an additional challenge in that they may be password protected.

Then I have to document each class.  Then I have to created tests for each class. Finally, I need to create wiki entries for the library.

I've completed the first set of tasks, so it looks like I have my work cut out for me. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hosting Secure Servlets: Jetty

This post is part of a series about the hosting secure servlets (that is, using HTTPS).  I hope to do 1 post a day on this topic. The resulting posts will become the basis a talk that I am scheduled to give on August 10 at the Denver/Boulder Cybersecurity Meetup.

Jetty

  • Define properties
  • Register servlets
  • Start Jetty
I had to choose something as a servlet container and I chose Jetty.  Jetty has been around since 1995, so it has been around for a while. "Recently" (2009) it became part of the Eclipse project hence its URL.

Jetty has a reputation for being a good server for embedded applications, and at the time I didn't envision a separate project for the Miranda web stuff, so Jetty seemed like a natural choice.  Before that I was going to use Netty for all my web and servlet stuff.  But I became disenchanted with Netty when I ran into an SSL problem.

Before you can use Jetty to host servlets, you have to define a couple of properties.  Then you have to define a handler.  The documentation says that you can add and remove servlets after starting the server but I have not found this to be true so I recommend registering servlets before starting the server.  Starting Jetty involves 1 method call and is no big deal.


Miranda Release Date Now 3/31/2018

Due too the flu and a new job, Miranda has been delayed yet again.