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October 1999 Newsletter of the

Front Range Unix Users Group

Cndnsd Vrsn: 4 PM Monday October 11 ACS Room 123 - Cool Smartcard Hacks


Cool Smartcard Hacks

The October meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users Group will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Monday October 11. Peter Honeyman will talk about smartcard research and development at the University of Michigan's Center for Information Technology Integration.

For the past year, The University of Michigan's Center for Information Technology Integration has been engaged in smartcard-related research and development, jointly with Schlumberger's Austin Product Center. CITI's broad goals in smartcard R&D fall into two broad categories:

  • innovative computer security applications, and
  • new methods of interacting with smartcards.

To realize these goals, CITI has developed a number of exciting applications of smartcards:

  • Kerberos client integration
  • UNIX file system extensions
  • Secure operating systems
  • Internet access to smartcards
  • Smartcard-based web server
  • Palm Pilot integration and application development

In this talk, I will describe the results of these projects and our plans for future work.

Peter Honeyman is Director of the Center for Information Technology Integration, Research Scientist in the Information Technology Division, and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Honeyman holds the B.G.S. (with distinction) from the University of Michigan and the M.S.E., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University, where his research was in database theory. He has been a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University.

Honeyman has been instrumental in several software projects, including Honey DanBer UUCP, PathAlias, MacNFS, and Disconnected AFS. His research focus is on middleware, with an emphasis on security, distributed file systems, and mobile computing. He is the author of dozens of journal and conference papers and serves regularly on conference organizing committees. Honeyman is Secretary of the USENIX Association, Co-Vice Chair of IFIP TC 8.8, and a member of AAAS and EFF.

Meeting Location

This meeting will be in room 123 of the CU Academic Computing Center building at Arapahoe and Marine Streets in Boulder. Marine St intersects Arapahoe at 38th St; the Computing Center is on the southwest corner.

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Our Last Meeting

At our September meeting, Tom Cargill and Marc Rochkind gave us a tour of XML and related acronyms. Stay tuned for more information and links.

FRUUG Library Notes

There's a growing number of overdue books that we'd like to see returned to the library... please check the overdue book list and be sure that your name is not on it!

The USENIX Association has sent us a copy of the Eighth USENIX Security Symposium proceedings from August 1999.

You may check books out using your business card as your library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out. If you don't return your library books by the next meeting, you might find yourself on our overdue book list. We count on you returning books on time so that other members may have the chance to use them as well.

Remember that your FRUUG membership entitles you to 20% off books from O'Reilly & Associates when ordered through their toll-free number, (800) 998-9938. Mention discount code DSUG.

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