S2E15: "Playing HopskotSSH"

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In this episode we talk about FOSSCON NE 2017, we briefly talk about a server configuration primer (and argue how “primer” is pronounced). We also talk about some fancy tricks to do with SSH in regards to a connection/jump chain and process masking (hiding processes one user owns from another). We also talk about our next conference/convention appearances and current projects. “We’re all going down together.”



Starts at 9m07s.

I was drinking Bulleit Bourbon 10-year. Paden was drinking Glenlivet’s 12-year Founder’s Reserve. Jthan was drinking Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest rye.

  • Paden and I give a recap of FOSSCON NE 2017! (If you haven’t yet, you should read our write-up on it! It includes links to my talks and some other goodies.)
  • Server primer (13m36s)
    • “Yak-shaving” can be referenced here.
    • The software I’m (still) writing is called KANT – Keysigning and Notification Tool. You’ll be able to find it in my OpTools repository when done.
    • I ended up running a public SKS pool keyserver as well because deploying it was kind of fun! (Oh, yeah. I also deployed a couple other services.)
    • It also has some general hints and tips for setting up a private home network.
  • Jumpbox/chaining SSH (16m34s)
  • We talk about future conventions/conferences we’ll be at and current projects (24m56s)
    • Myself and Paden will be at BSides Philly (Dec. 8, 2017)
    • Jthan has started a Flask-framework-based CMS called whisky.
    • All three of us will be at HOPE XII well! (July 20-22, 2018)
    • Myself (and maybe Paden) will be at BSides DE (November 10-11, 2017)

Sysbadministration Award

In this segment, we highlight system administration mistakes. Think of them as the IT equivalent of the Darwin Awards. (36m38s)

In 2013, attackers accessed the internal database of Scottrade, a securities brokerage firm based in St. Louis, MO (and got they asses straight-up caught). Thanks to Skip for passing this along to us!


  • Jthan says he wants to know how to “route” his traffic over SSH. He actually means “tunnel”. They’re different. :)


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Outro Scuba simun_mathewson click CC-BY 4.0
(All music is royalty-free, properly licensed for use, used under fair use, or public domain.)



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