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Oregon 2015 QuakeEX SETs: A Recap

Next spring, FEMA Region X, county emergency management agencies statewide, many others and Oregon ARES/RACES will participate in the FEMA Cascadia Rising exercise. This is a functional exercise that will play out what might happen should/when a major earthquake strike the Pacific Northwest. The drill scenario anticipates widespread loss of normal communication modes such as cell phones, Internet and public safety radio as well as major power outages.

Passwords with Keyboard Mode and APRSLink

Both keyboard mode and the APRS gateway now allow access with your Winlink password to the CMS using a simple challenge/response protocol. Your password is never sent in the clear over the air.

If secure login is enabled for your account (or, in the future, required). Send any command to initiate login. The CMS will respond with a challenge consisting of three digits who's values represent positions of characters within your password. See CR .

This is a six character response to the login challenge. Respond with three password characters corresponding to the positions in the challenge plus three additional characters of your choosing (in any order). Example: Password is ABC123. Login challenge is: 425. You send 'CR 1B2AZ5'. ABZ21TY would also be valid since it contains the characters 1, B, and 2.

No password is needed if the secure login account setting is off (check 'My account>Edit' at the Winlink web site). This option will go away once secure login (password validation) becomes mandatory next year.

Keyboard access will continue to accept the PW syntax announced earlier, but that will be disabled in a few weeks. Use the above method instead.

-Lee, K0QED
Winlink Development Team

Secure Login Now For Telnet Connections

Monday, October 26, 2015--Those who access the CMS via telnet keyboard mode with a dumb terminal are now able to use password-secured connections.

Currently, 'secure login' is an option users can select in their account settings ('My account > edit' on this web site), or by configuring their password in RMS Express. If chosen, it requires your Winlink password when logging into a CMS via a client program--and now also when using a dumb terminal in 'keyboard' mode, and when using packet networks.

An upcoming system change (date to be announced) will remove the option, and afterwards will require a valid Winlink password to always access your account. It is a good idea to start using secure login now.

To login with 'secure login' using keyboard mode, send "PW" followed by your Winlink password (ex., PW ABC123). This must be performed before you can use any of the normal keyboard commands. Help is available from the telnet server by typing H for a list of commands.

For clarity, this is not required if you currently have 'secure login' disabled and are attempting to login before the system change removing the option. It will always be required after the change date.

--The Winlink Development Team


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