RSA SecurID undressed

We had a project which used the RSA SecurID token for authentication. But that was more than a year ago. Now what’s left are several unused token which are free for some fun…



“Your RSA SecurID token contains delicate and sophisticated instrumentation. The token casing, LCD and silicon chip will break if abused. Protect your RSA SecurID token from phyiscal abuse. Do not immerse it in liquids, do not expose it to extreme temperatures, and do not put it under pressure or bend it.” (RSA SecurID manual)


Let’s bend it, put it under pressure, expose it to extreme temperatures and liquids. Let’s physical abuse it so that it breaks…



in the beginning…



contact pads… interesting…



the backside opened



the front side opened



the “core”…



in all it’s beauty



more black foam under the LCD…


Source: http://www.rsasecurity.com/node.asp?id=1156

3 more terabytes please…


So here we are with another Promise VTrak m500i and another 14 250 GByte drives…


This time it seems that everything is working – even the DHCP request did not result in a complete crash of the appliance…




This time we won’t use the complete 3.1 Tbyte storage space as one humongous volume. This time the m500i serves as a boot-up platform for several XEN powered virtual machines.


And for that purpose 3 Tbyte should do it. If we have the time (since this particular m500i is planned to go into production very soon) we will test how it will work together with the already existing m500i. If we don’t have the time – we have to wait for the other m500i that is to be ordered…


Source: more info about the “m500i-odysee”

research for the next generation…


I was pointed to a very very very interesting research website today. It’s the website of Jefferson Y. Han – a consultant at the NYU’s Department of Computer Science. He is showing off the research projects he is working on. What an impressive portfolio!!!


One of these projects is the “Multi-Touch Interaction” which means:


“While touch sensing is commonplace for single points of contact, multi-touch sensing enables a user to interact with a system with more than one finger at a time, as in chording and bi-manual operations. Such sensing devices are inherently also able to accommodate multiple users simultaneously, which is especially useful for larger interaction scenarios such as interactive walls and tabletops. “



This video and project came up when some people discussed the recent Apple patents like “gestures for touch sensitive input devices”.


But there’s more to discover on Hans website – so go there immediately and get inspired…


Source: http://mrl.nyu.edu/~jhan/

Windows Live Messenger (Beta) – Now Playing Info even from iTunes.


Despite the fact that the settings dialog only speaks of the Windows Media Player it appears that the current beta version of Windows Live Messenger even listens to what iTunes is playing currently.



Actually I am told that even the 7.5 version (the current beta is version 8_beta) had this feature… great!


Source: http://www.live.com