May 29, 2003

Nullsoft WASTE

Nullsoft have released a secure mesh network client allowing messenger style chat and file sharing:

http://www.nullsoft.com/free/waste/

The protocol uses a public/private key model with RSA for key exchange and encryption. All of the link traffic is encrypted using Blowfish.

The protocol supposedly supports automatic key distribution but I haven't seen that working yet on my network. To initially connect to a network you have to have the public key of one other network member.

The client is really quite accomplished for a first release piece of software - the source is available on the website and is GPL licensed. You can use it to browse the shared folders of other users and then transfer files across the encrypted link. Really quite cool stuff.

Get it while it's hot and AOL haven't pulled it.

Posted by Simon at May 29, 2003 11:32 AM
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