May 22, 2001

The Linux Show: Glass ceilings; Cylant crack challenge

Author: JT Smith

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2001 from the home of Wayne's World, Aurora IL. Tonight LIVE on
www.thelinuxshow.com -
At 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et.... Kevin Hill, Jeff Gerhardt, PJ
Hyett, Doc Searls(Linux Journal), and Arne Flones have what looks to be a fun show lined up tonight on The Linux Show!! (and yes the Loki tribes server is up and running)
In Segment One - Hot News: We will be covering the hot Linux news of
the week. In particular, we will talk about the troubles at Eazel and Linux Mandrake.

In Segments Two- "Is there a Linux Glass Ceiling"- Revisited
On last weeks show we discussed the Linux Glass Ceiling, motivated by the announcement May 9th that GirlGeeks® would Partner with LinuxCertified to Provide Key Linux skills to Women IT Professionals. It occurred to us last week to ask "why is this gender specific program needed?"
We will be joined by Viktorie Navratilova, for a follow up of last weeks show and will discuss some of the posts at Linux Today and some of the email we got about the segment.

Viktorie Navratilova is a well known Linux advocate, lug member and author of a series of very well received articles on Linux for The Chicago Tribune.

In Segments Three- The TLS/Cylant Hack & Crack Challenge
we will be by John C. Munson, PhD and CEO of Cylant Technology, Inc. of Bend, Oregon. we will discuss the effectiveness of their technology and put it to the test by offering a TLS HACK & CRACK CHALLENGE to all member of the IT community. This is an opportunity for you would-be security experts out there on the internet to show us your stuff. Cylant has placed a challenge server (http://victim.cylant.com) at our disposal on the Internet running a very vulnerable (un-patched) version of RedHat 6.2. In spite of the fragile nature of this system, Cylant claims they are able to protect it from the most vigorous of attacks.

Cylant has had problems communicating the focus of their technology with folks in the security community, and how it is something very different from anything that they have seen before. Cylant has developed a measurement based engineering solution to monitor software/server misuse. It is Cylants position that if a piece software is suitably instrumented and you monitor its activity while it is running, you can identify when the software is doing something different. It is a very simple principle and it seems to work well enough. Well we will find out won't we.

The TLS Hack Challenge starts at 6:00pm ct on Tuesday Night. That will give people a full 2 hours to try to break the server before show time starts. The prizes we are giving for breaking the server are pretty cool. There is only going to be one winner, with that winner taking all the prizes. The prizes include one of those very cool inflatable penguin chairs furnished by The Linux Journal, a 4 pack of Guinness (in cans), the actual "victim.cylant.com" machine, a very cool certificate stating you are the person who hacked the server, and the winner will get to be a guest on the following weeks show and get the opportunity to brag about their prowess as a system cracker.

The rules are simple, check out http://victim.cylant.com for details. The FIRST person who breaks or hacks the server, emails the Linux show (or Cylant)and shows us proof of the hack wins the contest.

Other opinions are welcome at GeekCast. If you would like to join
us
on the show, check our IRC Chat
(irc.thelinuxshow.com #linuxshow).

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