After digging into Novell NetWare, I intended to look at Windows NT. Instead, fate decided I should look at one of the first Linux distributions, the Softlanding Linux System. What mysteries did I find in SLS, and how ‘fun’ was the experience'?
On what is becoming a running theme here on SoylentNews, we’re reliving the early 90s, and picking up right where I left off from Windows for Workgroups, it was time to look at the 800-pound gorilla: Novell NetWare.
Windows for Workgroups was one of the more underrated versions of Windows. While WIndows 95 would formally mark Microsoft’s domination of the desktop, Workgroups would form the basis where many the less prominent but still important underlying changes would be.
As a fun hobbyist project, I decided to dig into the realities of exploring what modern malware and credential gathering would look like if those techniques were invented in the early to mid 90s. First off, we need to talk about the programming environments and constraints given to us by running DOS in real mode.
During upgrade and revoluations of the SoylentNews infrastructure, we decided to replace LDAP with Hesiod.
Hesiod is a DNS based mechanism for distributing user information similar to NIS, and dates back to MIT and Project Athena. In this review, we’ll explore some of the history of the early Internet, and how Hesiod extended up being a winning solution for our user authentication needs.