[aprssig] APRS-IS Passcode Has Become An Utter and Total Joke....
Stephen H. Smith
wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Fri Mar 28 15:08:38 CDT 2014
I was Googling for information on the APRS-IS today, and discovered that there
are now numerous webpages that have interactive self-serve passcode generators
for APRS-IS "validated" log-ins on them. Many will accept absolutely any
random alphanumeric string such as tactical calls, CB handles, cipher groups or
Here are some of the ones I found:
This one DOES verify that the string entered is a real callsign.
This one will accept anything as input
If you don't want to go online to generate your passcode, this downloadable
Windows program will do the job locally:
K4HG has been warning for ages that the APRS passcode scheme is totally
non-secure, but it has now reached a new level of uselessness with these
ready-to-run interactive pages and apps.
I.e. you no longer need to know how to translate the documented algorithm into
actual program code in some language.
Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf (at) aol.com
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