[aprssig] Igateing a Non Amateur
steve at dimse.com
Sun Oct 2 15:30:10 CDT 2005
On Oct 2, 2005, at 4:16 PM, Jim Duncan wrote:
> Looks like I was right to be concerned way back then....It was just
> a matter of time then and it's STILL just a matter of time before
> we have a SERIOUS problem with this. It's time to lock it down
> before it happens, folks. Having an open hack in the software is
> NOT a good thing!
The crack is not a good thing, but it is no more of a threat to the
APRS IS than already existed. As I stated, the only way to solve this
is either with a closed hub network and a strong administrator, or
end to end encryption which is a major headache.
However, keep in mind the situation is not new. Even before the APRS
IS, one could, via the internet, log into a remote NOS node, answer a
simple question (What is the split of an amateur repeater on 2
meters?) and transmit through the node, no more authentication was
done. The APRS IS has been open for 4 years, and neither of those
systems ever generated any action from the FCC.
I do not think there is a need to panic, but I do think that IGate
operators need to be aware of the problem, and make their own decisions.
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