Thursday, June 26, 2008

TCP MD5 debugging

Added CLI support for TCP MD5 (via Quagga) to the upcoming Vyatta release. It worked fine under testing (VM) but wouldn't operate with IOS. Reduced the problem down by making some useful utilities:
  • Patch for Netcat to support MD5
  • Standalone using libpcap to validate MD5 option in capture file
It turned out that the sender was generating wrong MD5 option after the initial SYN handshake. When data is finally sent, the problem is that the data in the kernel is fragmented because the underlying device supports scatter/gather but the md5_calc doesn't do scatter gather.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Linux Plumbers Conference

I have high hopes for the first Linux Plumbers Conference. Unlike an academic conference with papers, or an un-conference with no agenda; the plumbers conference is using a mini-conference format to break down by topic. There is even a Call For Speakers to get speakers in topic areas.

First time conferences have a different feel, more rough edges, but more passion and fun. So I hope it works out. There is no particular networking track, mostly because the other areas seemed to need more work.