Scaling Properties of Distributed System Security presented at Rootedcon 2017

by Paul A. Vixie,

Summary : Paul Vixie was responsible for BIND from 1989 to 1999, and is the author of a dozen or so IETF RFC documents about DNS. He also started the first anti-spam company (MAPS), and was the founder and later president of the first U.S.-based commercial Internet Exchange (PAIX). Today he serves as CEO of Farsight Security, home of the Security Information Exchange (SIE) and the world's leading Passive DNS database (DNSDB). He is also co-inventor of the DNS Response Rate Limiting (RRL) and Response Policy Zone (RPZ) feature-sets now in widening use. He received his Ph.D. from Keio University in 2011, and was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014.
Humanity has been building and programming general purpose computers for about six decades now, with spectacular results, mostly good. As we contemplate the Internet of Things in light of our collective experience, there are some disturbing conclusions to be drawn. Can we as a species safely place our economy and culture into a global distributed network of computers, if those computers are programmed by humans using commodity programming languages and tools? Dr. Paul Vixie is personally responsible for more CERT vulnerability notifications than any other living programmer, and he'll share his thoughts on the likely results of software as Usual as applied to 21st century society.