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Re: google summer of code



Kyrre Ness Sjobak wrote:
fre, 03.06.2005 kl. 16.23 skrev ness:
  
Nils Philippsen wrote:

    
On Fri, 2005-06-03 at 14:19 +0200, ness wrote:
 

      
I'm not actually using fredora, but I want to be active at the 'google
summer of code'. I've got a strange idea for a project, and I think a
distribution is the best organization to call. My project has not
directly sth. to do with fredora, it's more 'distribution independ'.
Would fredora like to be to mentoring organization for such a project?
If so, I'd be happy to tell you more about my project.
   

        
Chicken and egg problem here, people probably can't answer unless they
know more about your proposal.

Nils
 

      
OK, if I understand you right, I shall tell more about my project. My
first question was wether fredora would mentor a project not directly
connected to the fredora distribution. But more about my proposal:
The idea is an udev based authentication using an usb-stick. This means
following: I put the stick into the pc, then, if a loginmanger is
started, it will automaticly open a graphical session. If not, a shell
based session will start. I think I could add interesting expands to
that, such as automaticly open encrypted devices... I'd realize this
(means: writing patches for common dm, write the udev rule and so on)
and write config tools. If you want, I sent you a complete spec of what
I'd be going to do.
    

Interesting :)

Could the users homedir lie encrypted on such a device (say, a standard
usb memory stick), and when presented with such a stick, the machine
would ask for the users password (witch would also be the encryption
key, and log the user in? Could be really usefull for simple setups with
many users - say a school, or a village in India. With this setup, they
could hand out such sticks to student, witch they could plug into any
computer to login, or take home to retrive his/her data. Some
linux/windows/mac-based "client" must then be aviable to decrypt data.)

What about some kind of personal authentification using a gpg-key on the
stick? Problem is that if you have the stick, you should not be able to
retrive the key... But if the stick works as a decryption device (the
computer sends data to stick, stick decrypts using on-board CPU, sticks
sends unencrypted data to computer) - but that would require some HW
hacking.

Kyrre

  
This might become more complicated, but sounds interesting. I think, there're a lot of things possible...

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