"Some secure protocols like SSH send encrypted keystrokes as they're typed. By doing timing analysis you can figure out which keys the user probably typed (keys that are physically close together on a keyboard can be typed faster). A careful analysis can reveal the length of passwords and probably some of [the] password itself."
"The OpenBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that it has completed arrangements with the University of Alberta in Edmonton to host the 2008 Annual OpenBSD Developer's Conference (C2K8 Hackathon) from June 7 to June 15, 2008," stated an announcement by the OpenBSD Foundation, continuing:
"The facility support from the University of Alberta Computer Science Department will provide C2K8 the best facilities yet for the annual OpenBSD Developer Conference. C2K8 will be the 10th annual event of its kind. Previous hackathons have produced tools such as the PF firewall, OpenBGP, relayd and spamd, as well as innumerable critical improvements to OpenBSD, OpenSSH, and related projects.
"This year, the OpenBSD Foundation will disburse approximately $15,000 to support C2K8, enabling more than 50 OpenBSD developers from around the world to attend this important event. The Foundation thanks all who have generously donated the resources to make C2K8 possible."
OpenBSD creator Theo de Raadt began developing OpenBSD in October of 1995. KernelTrap first spoke with Theo back in November of 2001 [interview], around the time that OpenBSD 3.0 was released, discussing much of the early history of the project. The project has continued to offer regular releases of their "free, functional & secure" operating system every six months, with OpenBSD 3.9 made available yesterday, May 1, 2006.
In this latest interview, Theo examines the past five years of OpenBSD development. He also discusses the OpenBSD 3.9 theme song, "Blob!", detailing what blobs are, why OpenBSD avoids them, and how OpenBSD developers work to reverse engineer them. Looking to the development process, Theo talks about recent and future "mini-hackathons", small and focused OpenBSD development gatherings. Finally, Theo also discusses the OpenBSD project's funding issues, and the response to requests for funding from users of the project's OpenSSH software.