[HARDWARE] Cracking engine wish list

Tomasz Korycki tkorycki at sprint.ca
Sat Jan 8 14:48:29 EST 2000


At 12:35 2000-01-08 -0700, you wrote:
>On Sat, 18 Sep 1999 13:33:04 -0600 Dan Oetting wrote:
>> This looks like a good place to reintroduce inline testing. Currently the
>> d.net clients test themselves once at startup and assume if they pass the
>> startup tests everything will function perfectly. As we move to dedicated
>> cracking boxes there is more opportunity for hardware and software errors
>> to invalidate the cracking efforts. My inline testing procedure verifies
>> the proper operation of the client with every block processed. And the best
>> part about inline testing is it doesn't cut into the cracking rate. The
>> test for each block can be generated by the master server and the results
>> verified when the logs are processed so even intentional tampering anywhere
>> in the distributed network can be detected.
>
>I went looking in the announce archive for any clues why the CSC test went
>over 100% and the key server is still handing out keys. The web site is
>totally useless for current state information on the project. It's getting
>pretty clear that somewhere there is:
>
>	1) a bug in a CSC client
>
>	2) a machine that returned incorrect results due to a HW failure,
>	   possibly an overclocked machine or bad MB/Memory.
>
>	3) somebody who ran with a hacked client.
>

Well, there _is_ an explanation of it on the d.net web site. Just look a
little more carefuly for it...

>Dan's transparent inline autotesting is starting to look like a better idea.
>

I think it always did, and will, regardless of whatever perceived problems
there might, or not, be with the present infrastructure.
(-) Tom Korycki

This is my public key:

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