Monday, September 25, 2006

Alpha Demo Site Live

[Removed by request] has reactivated the OpenPacket alpha demo server. It is available at:

The site will be live:

Monday from 7am to 5pm
Tuesday from 7am to 5pm

All times are EST (I believe).

To gain moderator status, visit

[Removed by request] says:

Things that have been done since last demo:

- Moderators can dis/approve and leave comments
- A log is written each time a dis/approval is made
- Remoderation feature: moderators can re-approve a disapproved file or perm delete it (log is written)
- Number of downloads is now shown for each file
- A marker has been added if the file is sanitized
- You can sort when browsing files
- Searching features have been added for comments
- Searching features have been added for parsed information of files
- Clicking a user brings a page with all the files that user uploaded
- Moderators can put "final comments" on a file. This comment will be highlighted
- Categories have been added

What needs to be done:
- Tagging
- Rating of files
- Rating of users
- Checksums
- Validate that the uploaded file is a pcap file
- Add the openpacket logo

Please give the demo a try and post your feedback to the openpacket-devel list.

Thank you [Removed by request], and thank you testers!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Another Round of Alpha Demo Testing Soon

[Removed by request] is coding the suggestions made since the demo last month. He expects to be done within a week. When the demo site is available again, I will post a notice here and on the openpacket-devel mailing list. Thank you.

Friday, August 04, 2006

OpenPacket Alpha Demo Available

[Removed by request] has made an alpha demo of available at for the following limited times:

Friday: 4pm to 11pm Eastern
Monday: 1pm to 5pm Eastern

If you have comments on the site, please join the openpacket-devel mailing list and post them to openpacket-devel [at] lists [dot] You can see the archives here.

Remember this is a very rough first cut, so we are open to suggestions, feature requests, and help.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Draft Proposal Available

I just posted the first draft of a document describing


Please take a look and provide comments and suggestions. Those of you who want to help might want to announce yourselves on the openpacket-devel list to facilitate collaboration.

I did not assign any timelines because I am not sure of the level of effort required to make this a reality. At the very least this document is a starting point.

Thank you!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Already Under Construction?

I received an email today from a long-time TaoSecurity Blog reader saying he had started assembling a site for This is great news. I am going to work on a requirements doc this week and try to get it to this benefactor by week's end. I'll let him reveal his own name since I am not sure if he wants to publicize his involvement yet.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Please Post Functionality Requests to Mailing List

Wow, I am already getting offers of help from two people. Thank you!

Please post any ideas you have regarding desired functionality to the mailing list.

Mailing Lists Created

I just created two mailing lists:

  1. openpacket-users

  2. openpacket-devel

Since there are no users yet, devel is the best place to discuss how to build

Both are hosted by SourceForge and require joining prior to posting. Update

It's been a very long time since I've said anything about at my TaoSecurity Blog. Although I am no closer to launching, I thought I would explain what's been happening. In short, I announced the project two months after starting my own company, TaoSecurity. Since then I have been exceedingly busy doing the business and technical work of running an independent consultancy, as well as being a real person in the non-security world.

I would still like to get going, but at the moment I have had no concrete offers of help with creating the site. Around the beginning of the project there was a possibility of corporate development and hosting support, but that fell through due to concerns over ownership. I became concerned the project would end up the intellectual property of a big company when the potential partner announced acquisition plans.

Several people have promised to contribute traces, but actually building a Web site with the necessary infrastructure and back end is still a problem I am being forced to solve. That would be ok if I had any experience in Web development, but I don't. Therefore, will not launch until I figure out how to build it. I have considered hiring a developer, but I am not sure if I could raise enough money to pay for the project. Ongoing maintenance might also be an issue.

If you have any thoughts on this matter, please feel free to post them below. Thank you.