Capital Area Central Texas UNIX Society
CACTUS Newsletter

Volume 17, Number 7 - July 2001


Contents:



 

July Meeting Program - To be Announced



 

June Meeting Report

by Ron Roberts

Over fifteen people attended the June meeting, which began early because the pizza was ordered late.  Ron Woan of IBM presented "e-Business Security in an Insecure World."  Ron's entire presentation is online at:

 e-Business Security in an Insecure World

It was more or less a text book presentation about the process, but the real world examples were fascinating.  Ron was involved in the IT presence of the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta.  They managed about 150 frontend servers and sixty backend servers.   No machines were compromised, but they did get hit on occasionally.  They used Network Flight Recorder to investigate the attacks.

Ron brought with him about a half dozen young "ethical" hackers who work with him on his security team.  We had over twenty people at the meeting when they arrived.

Shortly after they arrived, the pizza did too.   (They probably were monitoring the dispatcher's communications.)  So we took a break in the middle of the presentation to eat and network.

Ron noted that one of these hackers had sniffed their network to find that a senior research fellow had performed an "xhost +" on his workstation.  This, of course, made a gaping hole in their  network security--deliberately by someone who knew better.  Ron emphasized that security is a process that needs to be practiced.

After the presentation, officers made their reports, which were un-noteworthy.  No progress on any front.
 

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Membership

By Luis Basto

To renew your membership, please send check or money order payable to CACTUS ($25/yr for regular membership and $96/yr for corporate sponsorship):

You can also pay in person at the general meetings. Please direct any inquiries or address changes to membership [at] cactus <dot> org.



 
 

CACTUS Officers

Contact Information


CACTUS Sponsors

Significant Contributing Sponsors

Applied Research Laboratories/University of Texas at Austin www.arlut.utexas.edu
(Gil Kloepfer, Computer Science Division (CSD), 835-3771, gil [at] arlut <dot> utexas <dot> edu)
OuterNet www.outer.net
Internet service provider.

CACTUS Sponsors

Auspex Systems www.auspex.com
(Paul Levine, plevine [at] auspex <dot> com
Fastest reliable network fileservers.
Flametree Corporation www.flametree.com
(David Maynard, 670-4090, dpm [at] flametree <dot> com)
Internet and software consulting.
Covad/Laserlink www.laserlink.net
(Chip Rosenthal)
Multi Media Arts (MMA)
(Lee Williams, 451-7191)
Publisher of instructional materials for classroom and independent study.

Friends of CACTUS

Applied Formal Methods, Inc.
(Susan Gerhart, 794-9732, gerhart [at] cactus <dot> org)
Austin Code Works
(Scott Guthery, 258-0785, info [at] acw <dot> com)
CASDNS, Inc. www.casdns.net
(Warren Brown, (800) 977-3475), wlb [at] cas-com <dot> net)
A top-level domain name registrar, CORE member.
CTG
(Maurine Mecer, 502-0190 [FAX 502-0287])
Professional recruiting.
Compaq Computer Corporation www.himalaya.compaq.com
(Ron Boerger, 432-8000)
Provider of scalable, high availability systems.
EDP Contract Services
(Mark Grabenhorst, 346-1040) Professional recruiting.
Hewlett Packard www.hp.com
(Bill Sumrall, 338-7221)
Hounix http://www.texascomputers.com/hounix/
(Marilyn Harper)
Houston's Unix Users Group.
Network Appliance Corporation www.netapp.com
(Frank Mozina, fmozina [at] netapp <dot> com)
O'Keefe Search
Professional recuiting.
Sailaway System Design
(Chris J Johnson, 447-5243)
Schlumberger www.slb.com
(Kathy O'Brien, obrien [at] asc <dot> slb <dot> com)
Technical services and products in over 100 countries.
Silicon Graphics www.sgi.com
(Don Williams, 346-9342)
Solid Systems
(Pete Farrell, 442-2222)
Sterling Infomation Group www.sterinfo.com
(Darrell Hanshaw, 344-1005, dhanshaw [at] sterinfo <dot> com)
Sun Microsystems www.sun.com
(Rick Taylor)
Supplier of Unix client-server computing solutions.
Texas Internet Consulting www.tic.com
(Smoot Carl-Mitchell, 451-6176, smoot [at] tic <dot> com)
TCP/IP networking, Unix, and open systems standards.
Technow
A Sun Authorized Training Center and a Hardware Reseller.
Unison Software
(Shelley St. John, 478-0611)
Supplier of networked systems management solutions.
UT Computer Science Department
(Patti Spencer)
UT Computation Center
(Mike Cerda, 471-3241, cerda [at] uts <dot> cc <dot> utexas <dot> edu)

CACTUS Meeting Location:
Applied Research Labs

CACTUS meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Applied Research Labs (ARL) in the JJ Jake Pickle Research Campus (JJ PRC). We'll meet in the main auditorium located directly behind the guard's desk and main lobby.

Please do not show up earlier than 6:20 pm on the specified day. Enter through the main entrance at 10000 Burnet Road for ARL:UT. Tell the guard that you are here for the CACTUS meeting. You will be required to sign a log book, but not required to wear a badge. The guards will direct you to the auditorium entrance. Limited parking in the front of the building is available, but more extensive parking is available in the large parking lot just north of the ARL building. After 6:30 pm, all entrances to JJ PRC, except for the Burnet Road entrance, are closed and locked. You can still enter the parking lot in front of the ARL building. No parking tags are necessary after 6:00 pm. See map for further details.

Online maps are available at:

As always, please leave the facility as you saw it when you arrived. So let's clean up all pizza and soda items before we leave. Thanks and hope to see all of you there.

Map to the Monthly CACTUS Meeting

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