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Snake-oil for the Enterprise

Dec 09, 2009, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eddy Nigg)

[ Thanks to Eddy Nigg for this link. ]

"Many corporations rely on digital certificates issued by the public certification authorities to secure the point-to-point connections of their network. Unfortunately most public authorities are willing to sell "snake-oil" to those enterprise establishments instead of real security, mainly because the corporate managements request and ask for it. How come, the dear reader might ask, and what is this snake-oil made of?

"It's today common practice to assign non-qualified domain names or so-called host names to the various servers and work-stations at the corporate Intranet. Those are typically named server1.local or simply server1, whereas .local represents a non-qualified top level domain which is not assigned by the IANA/ICANN clan for public consumption. Those of you which maintain such networks or perhaps manage a small home network are probably familiar with it."

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