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Assorted Rants Tagged ‘crazy stuff’, page 1:

Experience with development server 7x cheaper than Linode/DO

Preamble As I wrote a few weeks ago, I am currently developing an open-souce ithare::obf library. And apparently, to make sure it works more or less consistently, a Damn Lot(tm) of randomized testing (and preferably under different compilers) is necessary. As a result, last week I found myself in a search for a cheap Linux box […]

Bot Fighting 202. Time-Based Protection

Quote: “Whenever we detect that the time spent within a piece-of-non-blocking-code, is more than a few seconds – then, either the system is hopelessly swapping, or we’re being debugged”
Another Quote: “What if we send not just a challenge, but a “challenge which includes some piece of code to be executed on the Client-Side”?”
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Bot Fighting 201. Part 4. Obfuscating Protocols. Versioning.

Quote: “we can handle several Client versions (each with its own obfuscation) with the very same Server.”
Another Quote: “Then, if/when a zero-day bug is encountered in TLS – our obfuscation does provide additional protection even before the attacker can reach the code with that zero-day vulnerability”
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Bot Fighting 201, part 3. ithare::obf: An Open Source Data+Source Randomized Obfuscation Library

Quote: “This is all what the-best-available-decompiler was able to do with our obfuscated code”
Another Quote: “Performance-wise, we can do A LOT of obfuscation per network tick”
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Bot Fighting 201: Declarative Data+Code Obfuscation with Build-Time Polymorphism in C++

Quote: “Technically, what we’re looking for here, is any kind of bijection; we’ll use this bijection to convert our data from one representation into another one (and as it is a bijection, we can revert it later).”
Another Quote: “As we’re not writing our obf<> classes manually (instead, we have a code generator doing it for us on each build), the sky is the limit to the obfuscations we can generate.”
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#CPPCON2017 Day 0: IMO best posters

Very short report from day 0 of CPPCON2017. Registration reception was lively (with Gor Nishanov being the star of the show, but lots of the other interesting people were noticed, I even spotted <da-dum /> Bjarne Himself). There were posters, and while some were well, not to my taste (example: IMNSHO, a global deadlock detection […]