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About rlc

Software Analyst in embedded systems and C++ programmer. I specialize in systems design, concurrency and language design, and am interested in generic meta-programming and functional programming and their practical applications. I take a pragmatic approach to project management, focusing on the management of risk. I have over a decade of experience as a software professional and a background in science.

What the industry should do with the upcoming Aegis release

Automatak will be releasing the Aegis fuzzing tool publicly and for free for the first time in a few days. Like I said yesterday: Can hardly wait: "2 weeks until Aegis™ release" — Ronald (@blytkerchan) March 1, 2014 to … Continue reading

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Optimizing with type lists

In this post, I will take a brief look at how using type lists can help optimize certain applications.

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A functional version of the KMP algorithm

For one of the projects I’m working on, I needed a compile-time version of the KMP algorithm in C++. I started by making the algorithm functional.

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ICS security and regulatory requirements

In North America, ICS security, as regards the electricity grid, is regulated by NERC, which provides and enforces, among other things, the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards. In this post, I’ll provide a quick overview of those standards, provisions slightly … Continue reading

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The Crain-Sistrunk vulnerabilities

In the two previous posts, I’ve shown that industrial control systems — ICSs — are becoming more pervasive, and that they rely on security through obscurity. Now, let’s make the link with current events.

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The importance of ICS security: ICS communications

For an ICS, having communications abilities generally means implementing some machine-to-machine communications protocol, such as DNP3 or Modbus. These protocols, which allow the device to report data to a “master” device and take their cue from those devices w.r.t. things … Continue reading

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The importance of ICS security: pervasiveness of ICSs

Industrial Control Systems (ICSs) are becoming pervasive throughout all branches of industry and all parts of our infrastructure: they are a part of every part of the electricity grid, from the nuclear power station to your home; they’re found in … Continue reading

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Perl: Practical or Pathologically Eclectic? Both?

There are two canonical acronyms for Perl: “Practical Extraction and Report Language” and “Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister”. Arguably, Perl can be both.

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A few thoughts on BitCoin

Mindmap of a few thoughts on BitCoin I’d meant to turn into prose (still might)

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Qt to quickly write a GUI app

Today, my wife asked me to write an app that would tell her to sit straight every 15 minutes. I know apps like that already exist and I could’ve pointed her to one, but I decided to write one myself. … Continue reading

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