Cable Colors

Steven M. Bellovin smb at cs.columbia.edu
Mon Jun 16 21:28:24 CDT 2008


On Mon, 16 Jun 2008 20:32:15 -0500 (CDT)
Gadi Evron <ge at linuxbox.org> wrote:

> In one organization red was for the sensitive private network, and in 
> another red meant "danger Will Robinson", public unsafe network. In
> yet another red was for grounded power.
> 
Right.  The universal convention in NSA-type crypto gear is
red==cleartext, black==ciphertext.  Designs have to provide proper
"red/black separation".  But when Bill Cheswick and I put in the Bell
Labs firewall in the early 1990s, we used red cables for the dangerous
outside net.


		--Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb




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