When:  Thursday, January 18, 2001

     Where:  The Chase Manhattan Bank
             55 Water Street (enter at Old Slip)
             South Tower
             13th Floor, Conference Room C

      Time:  6:15 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
             6:30 PM - 6:40 PM  Ask the Wizard,
                                Questions, Answers and Current Events
             6:40 PM - 6:50 PM  Unigroup Business
             6:50 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

     Topic:  Security Protocols and Technologies

   Speaker:  Jeffrey Altman,
             Sr. Software Designer,
             The Kermit Project at Columbia University

  Meeting Introduction:

  Happy New Year to all!

  Those of you who have been using computers for over 15 years should
  remember the "good old days" of file transfer which depended on serial
  cabling, modems and a small handful of communications protocols which
  could be used to transfer data between machines.

  Unix shipped with UUCP (at least from v7) which allowed reliable
  remote command execution and file transfer.  BSD variants of Unix
  eventually shipped with TCP/IP networking (foundation for the
  modern Internet).  VAXs were running VMS and DECNet, but not 
  UUCP or TCP/IP.  And for DOS, those 360k floppies didn't allow for
  many options.

  Before the wide-spread use of TCP/IP networking, one common way of
  sending files across different platforms was to use Kermit.
  Kermit's roots go back to Columbia University in 1981.  It is both
  a communications protocol and file transfer program.
  Over the years it has been ported to just about every machine and
  operating system you can think of.  Certain versions also come with
  extensive terminal emulation capabilities and have an advanced
  scripting language built in.

  Modern Kermit versions support TCP/IP networking (among others) and
  can be used as a server for both serial and Internet communications.
  The freely available C-Kermit 7.x (which runs on many operating
  systems) and Kermit 95 (commercial product for win32) support
  Secure Telnet and FTP using Internet standard protocols for
  Authentication and Encryption such as Kerberos, SRP, and SSL/TLS.

  Unigroup's January 2001 meeting will address the usage of Internet
  Security Protocols and Technologies from a development and
  implementation point of view.

  Web Resources:

   1. The Kermit Project               http://www.kermit-project.org
   2. C-Kermit Home                    http://www.kermit-project.org/ckermit.html
   3. C-Kermit 7.1 Alpha               http://www.kermit-project.org/ck71.html
   4. Kermit Security Features         http://www.kermit-project.org/security71.html
   5. Internet Kermit Service          http://www.kermit-project.org/cuiksd.html
   6. Kermit Standards Reference Page  http://www.kermit-project.org/standards.html
   7. Kermit 95  (win32, commercial)   http://www.kermit-project.org/k95
   8. G-Kermit                         http://www.kermit-project.org/gkermit.html
   9. MIT Kerberos                     http://web.mit.edu/kerberos/www
  10. Secure Remote Password           http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~tjw/srp
  11. OpenSSL                          http://www.openssl.org
  12. IETF                             http://www.ietf.org


  Caldera  has donated three "cartons" of
  Caldera OpenLinux 2.3 for giveaways at Unigroup meetings.  These
  are full, boxed distributions (3 CDs + Manuals).  OpenLinux is
  a leading commercially supported Linux Operating System!
  Unigroup will be giving these distributions out (raffling
  them off) as door prizes at upcoming meetings.  Unigroup
  appreciates Caldera's continued support!

  Description of Talk:

  Jeffrey Altman, one of the primary authors of Kermit software from
  Columbia University's Kermit Project and an active participant in the
  Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), will present a talk on the
  incorporation of security protocols and algorithms into an age old
  communications product.  Kermit is traditionally thought of as a
  serial modem communications.  However, it has been used as a telnet
  client since the mid-80s and other protocols have been integrated
  since.  As the use of the Internet became increasingly popular, the
  need to protect data transmissions increased as well.

  The Kermit Project has worked with other Universities and
  organizations such as the IETF to design and implement methods for
  authenticating and protecting the communication sessions in Telnet,
  Rlogin and FTP.  The mechanisms implemented within Kermit include
  Kerberos 4 and 5; Secure Remote Password protocol; and SSL/TLS (X.509
  certificates).  This talk will focus on the capabilities of Kermit;
  the design of the Internet Kermit Service
  ; and how and why we
  decided to implement that security methods we chose.  The talk will
  provide an overview of how the security methods work including their
  strengths and weaknesses.

  Speaker Biography: 

  Jeffrey Altman is the Sr. Software Designer for Columbia University's
  Kermit Project and Chief Technology Officer for IAM Training and
  Consulting.  He is currently the chairperson of the IETF Telnet
  Security working group and has edited close to two dozen Internet
  Drafts and RFCs.  He is also a member of MIT's Kerberos development
  group and actively contributes to the OpenSSL open source development
  project and the Secure Remote Password (SRP) development effort.

  Project Biography: 

  The Kermit Project  has been the
  central organization behind the development of the Kermit file
  transfer protocol and the cross platform suite of applications which
  have been built around the protocol.  The flagship implementation,
  C-Kermit , has been ported
  to more than 900 variations of Operating System and hardware.  It is
  secure; can be used as a client and a server; supports numerous
  networking protocols; and sports a high powered scripting language
  designed specifically for managing data communications.


  Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.  This now includes
  salads and sandwiches (eg. turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna)!


     55 Water Street is between Water Street & Front Streets at Old Slip...
     about 7 blocks south of Fulton St. and the South Street Seaport.
     Take 4 train to Bowling Green & Walk Due East;
     Take 2/3 trains to Wall Street, Walk East to Water St.
          then walk South 5 blocks;
     Take M/J trains to Broad St., Walk East to Water St.;
     Take N/R trains to Whitehall St., Walk North East to Water St.
     There is parking on the street (after 6:30-7pm) and there is a lot
          right in the building, entrance on Old Slip.
     Walking from Wall St., follow William St. south which bends around
          and leads you to Hanover Sq. and Old Slip is across Water Street.

  Room Location Specifics:
     Enter the building at Old Slip.  To get to the South Tower of the
     complex, you enter the building at Old Slip at the "North Tower"
     doors.  This entrance is is immediately to the right of the main
     entrance, towards Water Street... ie. Use the right-most side doors
     rather than walking straight ahead at the Old Slip entrance.
     Go past the guard's desk (mentioning you are heading for Unigroup,
     sometimes there is a sign-in) to the elevator bank and go to the 13th
     floor.  When you get to the 13th floor, follow the signs leading you
     to the meeting room.

     The signs will lead you from the elevator, through a set of doors
     (soda machine will be on your left), then past the cafeteria.  After
     the cafeteria, you see another "lobby" area.  Walk past the cash
     machines, make a left and look for a sign marking the meeting room.
     Conference Room C will be on your left.

     If you come very early, we may not have the signs in place yet, but
     hopefully these directions will get you to the meeting room.
     If you arrive before Unigroup Board Members, please be patient and
     wait for us to arrive.


  Fee Schedule:
         Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
       * Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
         Student Yearly Membership:                      $ 20.00
         Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
         Cash, Check, American Express.
       * Employees of Chase (with ID) can attend general meetings at no charge.

    ==>  Unigroup is the Greater NYC Regional Area Affiliate
         of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.
         Our Joint Membership Program with UniForum is currently
         on hold due to circumstances at UniForum.
         For information about UniForum visit http://www.uniforum.org.


  Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
  Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



   We have a couple of meetings in the works.
   - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
   - Linux Beowolf Clusters
   - Unix Office Tools:  Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
   - Emacs
   - PKI
   - GNU Development Environments

   Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
   interested in.



   Our thanks go to Pat Villani, Compaq Unix Software Engineer, and the
   other people from the Compaq NYC Regional offices, who helped us put
   together our meeting entitled "Linux Overview: Today and Tomorrow".

   Compaq was well represented with technical and sales staff and 
   provided product literature and a whole collection of giveaways.
   Compaq also sponsored the food service for this meeting.


   The LinuxWorld Conference & Expo will be held in NYC on
   January 30 - February 2, 2001 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
   For more information or for online registration visit the show's web site:

   The NYSA group  is looking for volunteers to help
   staff their booth at this show.  If you may be able to help volunteer,
   you can contact nysa-info@nysa.org or talk to the Unigroup board at
   our January meeting (it would be a way to have Unigroup represented
   at the show since we don't have a table of our own this year :-)).


   Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving the
   Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.  Unigroup is a
   not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded volunteer organization.
   Unigroup holds regular and special event meetings throughout the year on
   technical topics relating to Unix and the Unix User Community.   Unigroup
   is also the Greater NYC Regional Area Affiliate of UniForum - an
   International Unix Users Group.

   Thanks to Chase, Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for the Third
   THURSDAY of Odd Months at The Chase Manhattan Bank, 55 Water Street, NYC.
   Chase has been a long time sponsor of Unigroup, allowing us the use of a
   meeting room and presentation equipment.

   Planned meeting dates are: 1/18/01, 3/15/01, 5/17/01, 7/19/01...
   Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC
   as well as "field trips" to the facilities of local hardware and
   software vendors.

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I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director

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