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Mirror updates for FFA

January 20, 2021 — shinohai

I have updated the mirror of asciilifeform's ffa to include the latest updates from loperos. Hopefully I will be able to resume more in-depth study of ffa in the coming weeks and can continue adding my own seals to the mix.

As handy reference, the following is the current Table of Contents for ffa as it stands currently, with corresponding links to loperos. I intend to mirror these articles here on site this spring as time permits.

Tags: News, Cryptography genesis

March 10, 2020 — shinohai

This is a genesis vpatch for a bash script that takes all the functions of asciilifeform's lamport parachute and combines them into a single script for personal use.


Press using a keccak vtron of choice. Here I am using esthlos-v:

`v press lam-par.genesis.kv.vpatch lam-par/`

Change to the output directory, make the script executable, and run it:

lam-par # ./ --help

    --mkpriv     Generate a private key
    --priv2pub   Generate a public key from a private key
-s, --sign       Sign a message using your public key
-v, --verify     Verify a signed message using a public key

See for more details

Tags: News, Cryptography, UNIX

Let's encrypt announces pwn of 1 billion certs

February 28, 2020 — shinohai

Snake-oil salesman Let's Encrypt announced in a blog post earlier this week that they had issued 1 billion certificates since the company's creation in late 2014. The dubious milestone seems to indicate that potentially millions of websites are OK with having their "encrypted traffic" revealed by an entity that controls the system's master keys.

Tags: News, Cryptography, Lulz