Famous operational issues
sean at donelan.com
Tue Feb 16 22:51:07 UTC 2021
Biggest internet operational SUCCESS
1. Secure Shell (SSH) replaced TELNET. Nearly eliminated an entire class
of security problems on the Internet. But then HTTP took over everything,
so a good news/bad news.
2. Internet worms massively reduced by changed default configurations
and default firewalls (Windows XP proved defaults could be changed). Still
need to work on DDOS amplification.
3. Head of Line blocking in IX switches (although I miss Stephen Stuart
saying "I'm Sorry" at every NANOG for a decade). Was a huge problem, which
is a non-problem now.
4. Classless Inter-Domain Routing and BGP4 changed how Internet routing
worked across the entire backbone, and it worked! Vince Fuller et al
rebuilt the aircraft in flight, without crashing.
5. Y2K was a huge suggess because a lot of people fixed things ahead time,
and almost nothing crashed (other than the National Security Agency's
internal systems :-). I'll be retired before Y2038, so that's someone
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