Jeff Jarmoc on Secure Password Schemes

Here is a link to a fantastic article by Jeff Jarmoc of Matasano updating the discusison regarding secure password schemes. I spoke about this just this week at Hack Ogden, recommending that developers utilize scrypt, bcrypt, or PBKDF2 with an adequately random function, however Jeff goes into more detail in a blog post. It really is fantastic stuff.

One hopes to never be victim of a breach that discloses their authentication database to an attacker, but it’s better to plan for the worst than to be caught in a bad situation should that occur. Think of it as an insurance plan, and plan for the worst case.

Enough With the Salts: Updates on Secure Password Schemes

Application Security Preso at Hack Ogden

Here are the slides of the presentation I gave at Hack Ogden today. It was a great crowd with great questions. It’s always great to chat about security with those who are outside the infosec echo chamber, and the folks at Hack Ogden were a wonderful bunch with whom to chat.

Nerding Out on Application Security

The Burden of Responsibility

In a rarity for this year we actually got some valley snow in northern Utah last week. While I was walking to the train station (there is a high-speed train along the Wasatch Front called FrontRunner), walking through a heavy snowfall, I noticed this view ahead of me. I felt it was a poignant moment as these people were braving the elements to go to work or school - to go and do something they’d probably rather not be doing given the conditions. I thought about responsibility, and that many of the people going to work in such conditions were being true to responsibilities they have accepted.

We don’t often celebrate the quiet efforts of so many who undertake to do things they’d rather not do in order to provide and care for loved ones - present or future. I thought this little photo would help to illustrate it just a bit so I stopped along the path, covered my phone with my umbrella, and took this shot.

The Burden of Responsibility

Mercy Desired Over Sacrifice

Jesus’ calling of Matthew as recorded in Matthew 9:9-13 contains an interesting exchange between the Pharisees and Jesus.

Matthew, a tax collector, which is a social class most despised by the Jews, is called by Jesus to discipleship. Then, starting in verse ten, it says:


Halloween in Zion National Park

This Halloween my daughter and I went to Zion National Park to camp and hike. She had never hiked the Narrows before so that was the primary reason for the trip.

The first day, after setting up camp and grabbing dinner, we picked up our hiking gear for the next day. We rented the dry pants, river hiking boots, and neoprene socks for the Narrows hike. The Visitor’s Center in Zion claimed the water temperature of the Virgin River was about 55 degrees, so we would definitely want to remain dry.


Why the Weakness of Joseph Smith Matters

The public discussion of the polygamy essays recently published by the LDS Church got me thinking about our expectations of Joseph Smith. It is true that the traditional accounts published by the Church as part of its narrative - within manuals, talks, etc. - all too often attempted to paint Joseph in the most positive light possible. While sometimes due to ignorance, those attempts could mostly be ascribed to well-meaning attempts to hide Joseph’s flaws from us in order to preserve faith - an innocent, child-like faith that for many is being disrupted now.


Monte Cristo Aspen Carpet

I recently purchased the Fujifilm 14mm f/2.8 R lens. The lens gets great reviews and is widely recognized for its optical quality. My morning trip to the Monte Cristo mountains was my first opportunity to use the lens. I was very excited to use it.

The photograph below was taken using the 14mm lens and it performed very well. I am very impressed with the lens and happy I bought it. I’m not going to do a review of the lens - there are plenty of them online - but will just use it to take pictures. Nevertheless, the lens delivers on the hype.

As I was exploring some of the aspen groves around Monte Cristo, I came across this hillside where the ground underneath the aspen trees was mostly clear of debris and undergrowth, and many of the aspen leaves had fallen, creating a carpet of yellow under the trees.

The place seemed to echo the quiet, cool experience that I love about autumn. It was peaceful, with a cool breeze, and I decided to try and make a photograph that captured that feeling.


Monte Cristo Fall Painting

This image was taken a bit later in the morning, after I had waited for the sun to fill in some of the canyon’s crevices with light. I had taken a few photos earlier, as the sun rose above the mountains to the left of the frame, but I didn’t like any of the other compositions. So, rather than stress about losing a photo opportunity in great light, I put the 60mm lens on the X-Pro1, framed this shot, and then waited for the light to paint the canyon. The time spent enjoying the view was fantastic.


Autumn Morning in Monte Cristo

The other day, prior to work, I headed up to the Monte Cristo mountains in Utah to capture sunrise and the autumn colors of the trees. The weather forecast showed an approaching storm that should arrive around noon so I had hoped there would be some leading clouds that could make for a dramatic sky in sunrise photos.


Cabin in Featherville

One of the highlights of our year is an annual get-together with some people we have been friends with for decades now. We consider each other family and even our children are best friends. I have been friends with both guys since high school. They married sisters. We all attended the same university and hung out at every opportunity. These types of friendships are extremely rare and I consider our friendship to be among the greatest blessings in my life. The fact that all of our kids are best friends is icing on the cake.

Not all of us live close together now, so for the past several years we have made it an annual tradition to rent a large home/cabin and spend a few days together all in that same home. We try to select different places in order to mix up the experience, resulting in trips to Island Park, Idaho; Park City, Utah; the Oregon coast; and now: Featherville, Idaho.