Solaris Express build 64: security features update
By DarrenMoffat on May 15, 2007
I've upgraded my laptop from build 61 of Solaris Express to build 64 yesterday. A few nice security features have integrated since then and the first delivery of the Network Automagic (NWAM) project. I'd been using NWAM for quite some time now but this was the first chance I've had to use it with WPA (which I wrote about here).
I tried a little experiment to see how automatic NWAM can be in the face of things like WPA. So I set my router/AP to open (with MAC restriction still on) and let NWAM connect my laptop to my local LAN. No problems. From another machine I then changed the router/ap to use WPA and set a PSK passphrase. As soon as I hit apply Solaris notices the connection drop and after a few seconds NWAM pulled the interface down. Once NWAM scanned again (which by default is every 2 minutes) I got prompted graphically for the WPA passphrase for my network. Entered it in and I was reconnected. No bringing up preference panels or reconfiguring anything, all just automatic. If I choose to use wired ethernet instead I just plug in the cable and NWAM automatically switches to wired ethernet.
When I started up GAIM (snv_64 still has 2.0.0beta4 not Pidgin yet) I got prompted to create a GNOME keyring master password. GAIM migrated all my IM and IRC account passwords into the GNOME keyring. I ranted about this previously, glad to see that in Solaris Express builds we now use the GNOME keyring.
OTR for GAIM (or it might be Pidgin by then) is in the works as well.