Harlan Stenn Tackles NTP Security Issues as Big Move Looms
28March2016 – InformationWeek – by Charles Babcock
There’s not a business in existence today whose operations don’t rely on the Network Time Protocol (NTP). Harlan Stenn is the chief maintainer of NTP. In the past year, security researchers have raised a number of concerns about the protocol, which Stenn is addressing even as he prepares a move of half the NTP infrastructure. Here’s why it matters.
Imagine trying to relocate half of your infrastructure while simultaneously addressing a series of security issues that are dogging your code. Now, imagine doing all this for one of the most important underpinnings of everything — every single thing — on the Internet, and with limited financial resources to boot.
That’s where things stand for Harlan Stenn, the chief maintainer of the Network Time Protocol (NTP), known to some as Father Time. NTP is not something you think about every day, but it is essential to the operation of the Internet itself.
NTP is the reliable, but aging, open source code that guides distributed computer systems in their use of synchronized time. Its healthy operation is essential to coordinating servers on the Internet. It establishes a tier of NTP reference servers on the Internet that can be called at any time for a precise time check. Read the full article.