It has been some months since I have joined hackers.mu , an organization which contributes to the improvement of security and the internet as a whole. At each quarter of the year,a hackaton is organized by the Mauritian group. During a hackaton, vulnerabilities of open source software are identified and fixed by team members and its maximum duration is 3 days – it usually starts on a Friday and ends on a Sunday.
The Internet Engineering Task Force is responsible for developing and maintaining internet standards. Volunteers worldwide take part to improve software or stacks such as TCP/IP and each year a hackaton is organized where several people or groups take part to develop tools. IETF motivates developers to contribute to the internet via its hackatons and we did not miss this opportunity.
IETF 100 Hackaton
2017 was the 100th IETF hackaton which took place in Singapore and hackers.mu proudly participated from November 10 to 12. Our contributions were related to adding TLS 1.3 support to a range of Unix tools (hitch, wget, monit, aria, nagios, wolfssl, stunnel) used by data centers such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Our co-founder, Loganaden Velvindron was the official representative of hackers.mu as listed on IETF’s attendee’s list:
TLS stands for Transport Layer Security (which makes communication across websites more secure) and IETF 100 decided to focus on version 1.3 (the successor of version 1.2) as it offers the following advantages:
- Better security
- Less round trips
- Better performance
To cross-check if our implementations were working fine, Darren had set up a domain name tls14.com which runs OpenSSL draft 18. We had routed all our TLS 1.3 requests to this domain.
List of members who took part in this event:
- Pirabarlen Cheenaramen
- Loganaden Velvindron
- Codarren Velvindron
- Nitin Mutkawoa
- Yasir Auleear
- Nigel Yong
- Yash Paupiah
- Yasir Auleear
We even had a honorable mention about our remote participation and Mauritius even showed up of IETF’s slide:
Last but not least, we got covered by the register which is a reputable online portal for trends in technology and computing.