IETF 108 Hackathon – online

Quick and straight forward presentation at the IETF hackathon 108 which was online throughout the world. I was together with the team though the time difference, I was able to collaborate with Logan to make it a success. On Friday 24th of July 2020, I presented remotely from the USA as I am in the right time zone and it was pretty easy for me. Since months back, I was planning to be present physically for the hackathon. Unfortunately, due to Covid19 things changed a lot.

For this IETF Hackathon 108, our main targets are DNSSEC, TLS, and HTTP3. As a member of the team in the USA with the rest of the team in Mauritius, we are focussing on RFC 8624, TLS 1.0, and TLS 1.1 deprecation as well as QUIC HTTP implementation. My main concern for this hackathon was also to bring Africa forward for the HTTP3 adoption.

For DNSMASQ, we are deprecating some part of the DNSSEC algorithm. As regards to DART, a PR was sent already to deprecate TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1. As regards to Zabbix, we enabled HTTP3 support. For HTTP Scanner, some improvements made on HTTP3 support. Nmap, I am working on that myself to add auditing feature for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 scoring.

We learned a lot about backward compatibility when things break up. Some of us need to compile all the basic development edge tools and packages. This takes a lot of time. Our infrastructure needs to be very robust when it comes to testing, rollback, break, and fix as well as snapshots.

Lets, be clear on this that want to raise more awareness of HTTP3 in Africa and I believe this is a very good opportunity for Africa to get involved in HTTP3 adoption. I personally believe that we made it this hackathon itself, and we are ready for more HTTP3 coding.

I would like to congratulate the new member, Alex.B who made it to the IETF hackathon together with The usual suspects had been with years hacking with the team. True is is that for this IETF hackathon, though difficult it is to make things work online, it demands a lot of effort. Thanks to Charles Eckel and the Metecho team for keeping strong and always supporting the team during this pandemic.