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Old 11-16-2007, 04:01 PM   #1
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Secure chat

Until recently (i.e. today) I was using a password protected, private IRC server /enforced/ by a router firewall, iptables on the server computer, and specially crafted /etc/hosts.allow file to talk to a certain person over the internet, and for some reason I find that not enough.

The IRC server is ngircd. I'm looking for a secure alternative (encryption capabilities are a must) -- either a different IRC server or simply a different protocol. OpenSSH must not be involved.

Any suggestions? (p.s. the other end is using Windows)

What would Bob use?
Old 11-16-2007, 04:25 PM   #2
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What's wrong with OpenSSH? If you don't consider it secure enough, you're not considering most of the stuff available secure enough..

And why an alternative, what exactly is wrong/missing in the current solution? That information could help sorting out the options..

P.S. You won't get bullet proof chatting anyway; if you want it secure, make it face to face. It's not 100% secure either, but if there's something computer related between, you're giving it off.
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How about SILC?
Old 11-17-2007, 01:02 AM   #4
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b0uncer: for reasons I do not wish to disclose, I do not want WAN access to my OpenSSH server (just LAN). What is currently missing? (strong) encryption, for one.

unSpawn: I considered SILC, however, "Silky" - the only GUI client for Windows that I've heard of, seems to be no longer developed. I'm not sure if this is because of lost of interest or because the authors considered nothing is left to improve/etc. I'm guessing I'll /force/ the other end to use a CLI client (probably something cygwin based). Or perhaps gaim/pidgin+silc plugin.

Anyway, I started this thread because I couldn't find a list of "options" for a fairely secure com. protocol&programs.


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