Author Archives: U. Schroeter

About U. Schroeter

IT system admin, key area emailing, Fidonet

Software-Testers Reward Challenge – June 2011 results

report uploadMay 20th, CAcert has started the Software-Testers Reward Challenge 2011

The second result for June 2011 now has counted:
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Software Testers Reward Challenge – Your last chance …

The Software-Testers Reward Challenge 2011 is now running the last two days. So its your last chance to climb into the hall of fame.

The Software-Testers Reward Challenge will end Thursday, June 30th at midnight.

The software tester with the highest count of reports written related to the listed bugs under the Tester Portal receives a reward of 30 Euro. The 2nd one a reward of 15 Euro.

Each report under the listed bug numbers counts 🙂

Since Tuesday we have at least two new bugs added to the testserver that you can start testing:

  • Bug #942
    0000942: CATS import interface is not fit to handle non-Assurer Challenge tests
  • Bug #948
    0000948: Email address verification violates SMTP protocol
  • For Bug #827
    there is addtl. info available under wiki bug827 infos

Happy testing

Software-Testers Reward Challenge – May 2011 results

report uploadMay 20th, CAcert has started the Software-Testers Reward Challenge 2011

The first result for May 2011 now has counted:
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Software-Testers Reward Challenge

Dear CAcert Supporters,

To become Audit Ready, CAcert is heavyly depended on a working Software-Assessment team.
The Software-Assessment team is depended on an active Software-Testteam.
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Easter Egg Challenge 2011

Easter Egg
We’ve just started our this years Easter Egg Challenge … We’ve put a couple of patches on to our testserver CACERT1 for you, our fellow and our new Software testers. We’ve put light to heavy patches to the package so everybody is able to walk thru the testserver web pages and search our Easter Egg’s.
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Assurers: New Default Hyphen Rule

AssurersA new default rule has been added to Practice On Names – Hyphen Rule.

For the purposes of checking the Name against PoN, a hyphen in given names is to be treated as optional.
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One more milestone reached within Software-Assessment Project

Within the last 2 days, the testserver got the running signer integration into the testserver environment. This was one of the milestones in getting a testing environment as identical as possible to the production system.
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Workaround for Russian Translation of the CAcert Website (bug #900)

Russia Translation of WebsiteWe had received a couple of reports by either irc, emails to support or on mailing lists, that the Russian Translation of our Website has garbled Russian translations. This has been reported as Bug #900.

After several analyzes, tests, discussions, we came to the conclusion, that we need an overall UTF-8 upgrade of the critical system. This has to be started as an individual project. As this project doesn’t effects our great efforts on Audit, the priority is lowered against several other Audit essential projects. So currently, there is no easy and no quick fix possible. So we, or better to say Michael V. A. (one of the bug reporters) worked out an workaround:

the exact steps to reproduce both the problem and the workaround:

1. The Bug [^] / Translations / ???????
( )

Now the text is garbled (“Western ISO-8859-1” autodetected).

2. The Workaround
Switching to ISO-8859-5.

In my browser (Firefox 3.6.13) it’s exactly the following:

View / Character Encoding / More Encodings
/ East European / Cyrillic (ISO-8859-5)

Now all Russian text is okay.
The workaround works for me.
Yes, I think this should work for other users, as well.

CAcert at Fosdem 11th, Feb 5th – 6th 2011

FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting

CAcert and sidux e.V. will be present at Fosdem 2011, the Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting, February Sat 5th and Sun 6th 2011

If you want to help on our booth, register yourself on our events wiki page Fosdem 2011 planning

CU at Fosdem ….

Software-Assessment-Project reached next milestone

Todays systemlog message marks the quantum leap in our about 10 months project work, to become the Software-Assessment area auditable.

As many Software-Updates are in the queue from the software developers, that needs testing and reviews by Software Assessors, the team started by end of last year with this project,

  • to build up a new ”controlled” testserver with authority by Software-Assessors
  • built up by the critical team as a Disaster Recovery testcase
  • a new central repository for all the upcoming software projects (including the New Software project BirdShack)
  • building a new test team running the software tests
  • and finalyze the process by a review of the patches by 2 Software-Assessors
  • document the patches, the testing, the review and the check by two Software-Assessors
  • to bundle the new Software-revision for transfer to the Critical team

The systemlog message signals, that the first tested and reviewed patches has received by the critical system webdb and is incorporated into production. A new tarball has been generated to build the next basis for applying the next patches.

So here my thanks goes to all the involved teams,

  • Software-Assessment-Project team
  • the new Software Testteam
  • the Critical Sysadmins team
  • and last but not least to the Software-Assessors from the Software-Assessment team

With all these people assistance, this project hadn’t be pushed to this milestone. Thank you Andreas, to build the project plan and the technical background, and also hosting the current testserver, Thank you Wytze for all your work to build the new testserver from scratch as identical as possible to the production server, to Michael, who assist us in deploying the new git repository and also assistance in deploying the Testserver-Mgmt-System, so everybody can start testing w/o the need of console access, Thank you Markus, for all your time and effort to deploy the repository and testserver environment and also your work together with Philipp as Software-Assessor, to finalyze the Software-Update-Cycle. Thank you Dirk for all your suggestions to move on with this project.

Some more work is todo:

  • adding a test-signer, so also cert related patches can be tested in the future (Andreas and Markus are working on this)
  • deploying a C(ontinous)I(ntegration) system for automated testing (Andreas is working on this).

Now the teams have to walk thru the list of open bugs, that needs to be pushed thru … First of all is the “Thawte” bug … to signal all users who’ve got their Thawte points transfered by the old Tverify program if they are effected by the points removal or if they are safe. The CCA-Rollout with a couple of patches, a list of new Policies and Subpolicies related patches (eg. PoJAM, TTP program), a list of Arbitration pushed patches, and so on …

So guys, lets have a party tonight, we’ve wiped out one of the biggest audit blockers!