[aprssig] APRS-IS Passcode Has Become An Utter and Total Joke....

Lawrence LaBranche capdiamont at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 29 10:43:11 CDT 2014


Good!

Lawrence LaBranche KI6ZQY

> On Mar 28, 2014, at 4:08 PM, "Stephen H. Smith" <wa8lmf2 at aol.com> wrote:
> 
> 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 anything else.
> 
> Here are some of the ones I found:
> 
>     <http://callpass.kf5jwc.us/>
>     This one DOES verify that the string entered is a real callsign.
> 
>     <http://apps.magicbug.co.uk/passcode/index.php/passcode>
>     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:
> 
> <http://blog.eagleflint.com/software-downloads/aprs-is-passcode-generator/>
> 
> 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.
> 
> 
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> Long-Range APRS on 30 Meters HF
>    http://wa8lmf.net/aprs/HF_APRS_Notes.htm
> 
> High Performance Sound Systems for Soundcard Apps
>   http://wa8lmf.net/ham/imic.htm
>   http://wa8lmf.net/ham/uca202.htm
> 
> "APRS 101"  Explanation of APRS Path Selection & Digipeating
>  http://wa8lmf.net/DigiPaths
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