OpenSSH Initial Cleartext Keyword Patch allows an initial cleartext keyword exchange between client and server. This excludes crackers who have no access to the network between the client and server from exploiting the more complex code inside ssh. ssh, due to its highly complex multi-functional code, creates a new class of problems that old tools like telnet didn't have. As a consequence, there are situations in which a telnet server would be "more secure" than ssh. Due to its very simple code, this patch should be easy to verify and should not introduce new security problems. Its use is limited, however, to situations in which you have control over both clients and servers, and do not mind violating the ssh RFCs.
I've used Licq with console plugin on my non-24/7 Debian GNU/Linux, but couldn't get this working on my 24/7 OpenBSD. The Licq port for OpenBSD is dead too. Because i also didn't want to use a seperate MSN program and the integration with IRC sounded awesome i decided to run BitlBee. Later i replaced "Theocracy" with FreeBSD on which Licq with console plugin does work, but i'd care less now! This is great software! BitlBee misses a few common features, but that's okay with me, because it means i only need to have 1 screen'ed program which has all the things in it i want: Irssi with loads of windows (and Irssi-proxy + SSL as well).
If you're comming to FOSDEM you can buy a BitlBee t-shirt over there. Pictures of it are available on the site. I already have one, it's good of quality.
(Sorry Wilmer, but i'll be at FOSDEM :-)
Re: some other approach
> I rather like the other approach. Using
> blacklists to waste spammer's time on a
> phony mail transport agent and drive the
> cost of spam skyhigh. I think the
> OpenBSD community did something in this
> direction. This combined with some kind
> of bayesian filtering that kills the
> spam *before* it reaches the MTA (or
> built into the MTA via some kind of hook
> that calls an external program). Nobody
> likes to queue spam. My system is not a
> spammer trash can.
OpenBSD uses 'spamd' which uses a combination of
'spews' a 'fake MTA which uses high tarpitting
settings' in conjunction with it's PF (Packet Filter).
Read (not Reed) more about it at: