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Paving with Good Intentions: The Attempt to Rescue the Network Time Protocol

After the Heartbleed bug revealed in April 2014 how understaffed and under-funded the OpenSSL project was, the Network Time Foundation was discovered to be one of several projects in a similar condition. Unfortunately, thanks to a project fork, the efforts to lend NTP support have only divided the...
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This tutorial series looks at configuration, monitoring, and securing of NTP, a critical element for the integrity of your infrastructure.

Arrive On Time With NTP -- Part 3: Secure Setup

Earlier in this series, I provided a brief overview of NTP and then looked at important NTP options to lock down your servers. In this article, I’ll look at some additional security concerns. Check out the pool According to the excellent site NTP Pool Project website, which points users at a “big...
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Chris Binnie continues his NTP tutorial series with a look at some security concerns and important NTP options to lock down your servers.

Arrive On Time With NTP -- Part 2: Security Options

In the first article in this series, I provided a brief overview of NTP and explained why NTP services are critical to a healthy infrastructure. Now, let’s get our hands dirty and look at some security concerns and important NTP options to lock down your servers. Attacks On NTP One nasty attack...
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In this first of a three-part series, Chris Binnie looks at why NTP services are essential to a happy infrastructure.

Arrive On Time With NTP -- Part 1: Usage Overview

Few services on the Internet can claim to be so critical in nature as time. Subtle issues which affect the timekeeping of your systems can sometimes take a day or two to be realized, and they are almost always unwelcome because of the knock-on effects they cause. Consider as an example that your...
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Time Is Running Out for NTP

Everyone benefits from Network Time Protocol, but the project struggles to pay its sole maintainer or fund its various initiatives.  “NTF’s NTP project remains severely underfunded,” the project team wrote in a recent security advisory. “Google was unable to sponsor us this year, and currently, the...
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NTP: I Need You to Go Ahead and Love It

It's about time we show NTP some love. This handy protocol has been around for quite a long while and is essential for synchronizing clocks across your network. It's 2016 (almost 2017); why is the time off on your system clocks? It became apparent to me that there are some folks out there that do...
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The NTP Project develops the protocol standard used to communicate time between systems.

Network Time Keeps on Ticking with Long-Running NTP Project

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” This quote from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the title of a recent article by George V. Neville-Neil in the Communications of the ACM that takes an in-depth look at how time is kept for individual machines and across computer networks. The...
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