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From: brett at hutley.net (Brett Hutley)
Subject: Feeding Stray Cats

Josh wrote:
> During my subscriptions to this list, I have noticed a continuing rise 
> in the noise floor.  Recently, the list has seen somewhat of an alarming 
> trend:
> 
> SIMPLE SECURITY QUESTIONS/RIDICULOUS POSTS FROM NON-SECURITY PEOPLE
*snip*

I remember in usenet alt.hackers had a policy where you had to hack the 
newsgroup to post (hint: the newsgroup was specified as "moderated", yet 
wasn't). The idea was that anyone who couldn't figure out how to make a 
post to the newsgroup wasn't worthy of posting in the 1st place. It 
definitely cut down the noise-to-signal ratio.

A couple of lame ideas to raise the posting bar:

1) You could have a server that you have to break into, to post from.
2) You could set up an NNTP -> mailing list gateway, and set the 
moderator flag on the newsgroup (problem: not timely :( ).
3) You could have a jabber server -> mailing list gateway. To post a 
message you have to put together your own jabber client that adds a 
custom XML tag to the message. (trivial with perl or even netcat).
4) You have to embed your message on the back of an ICMP echo reply 
packet, sent to a particular server (that then uses SNORT & perl to 
capture the message and post it).
5) The OpenBSD lists seem to raise the bar by being *really* *really* 
nasty to people that waste everyone's time.

I suspect that the best solution is just to make posting stoopid emails 
a terrorist act, punishable by being extradited to Syria for 10 months 
of torture.

If anyone wants me, I'll be in Syria.

-- 
Brett Hutley [MAppFin,CISSP,SANS GCIH]
mailto:brett@...ley.net
http://hutley.net/brett



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