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sendmail.net: Q&A: Wietse Venema

Apr 17, 2000, 23:24 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Mark Durham for this link. ]

"When you name a program SATAN, expect your intentions to be misread. Wietse Venema discovered this firsthand when he and colleague Dan Farmer released the Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks, reporting software designed to let administrators test their own networks for vulnerabilities, but immediately misconstrued as a toy for budding crackers."

"There's little chance that mistake will be repeated. Venema's name has since become synonymous with security in the minds of sysadmins worldwide, thanks to his work on SATAN, TCP Wrapper, and a host of other tools to keep the scriptkiddies at bay. This work hasn't gone unnoticed: at the LISA '99 conference last November, Venema received the SAGE Outstanding Achievement Award, an honor previously bestowed upon the likes of Paul Vixie and Larry Wall."

"The other thing Venema's famous for, of course, is Postfix, the mail transfer agent he wrote after coming to IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center from the Netherlands. Known briefly by the name "VMailer," Postfix aims to be "fast, easy to configure, and hopefully secure." We spoke with Venema by phone about Postfix, security, and the superiority of asynchronous communication - i.e., email."

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