Garrett Serack: Open Source Development at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Binary File Formats for Word, Excel, PowerPoint

    Brian Jones posted yesterday about the availability of the docs for the binary file formats of Office Applications.  ... Microsoft indicated that the documentation of the Binary Formats has been available royalty-free [since 2006] under RAND-Z to anyone who requests it by sending an email to officeff...
  • Blog Post: I hacked RSA!

    I successfully hacked RSA, check out the details on my blog: http://www.fearthecowboy.com/2007/02/i-hacked-rsa.html g Garrett Serack | Program Manager |Federated Identity Team | Microsoft Corporation blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/garretts
  • Blog Post: What is the “Master Key” that is used to create the key-pair and PPID?

    I talk a bit about the Master Key created when you create a personal card in my post at http://www.fearthecowboy.com/2007/02/what-is-master-key-that-is-used-to.html g Garrett Serack | Program Manager |Federated Identity Team | Microsoft Corporation blog: http://blogs.msdn.com...
  • Blog Post: What happens when my laptop gets stolen

    I explain how CardSpace is protected when your laptop gets swiped: http://www.fearthecowboy.com/2007/01/what-happens-when-my-laptop-gets-stolen.html g Garrett Serack | Program Manager |Federated Identity Team | Microsoft Corporation blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/garretts
  • Blog Post: Me and my PPID: Can I rely on it?

    Be sure to check out my post on my blog: http://www.fearthecowboy.com/2007/01/me-and-my-ppid-can-i-rely-on-it.html g Garrett Serack | Program Manager |Federated Identity Team | Microsoft Corporation blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/garretts
  • Blog Post: New Windows CardSpace Sample: SimpleSTS

    I've added a new Simple STS sample to the Windows CardSpace community website at : http://cardspace.netfx3.com/files/38/default.aspx . This should let everyone start building managed card support with a proof-of-concept STS. http://cardspace.netfx3.com/files/folders/samples-july-ctp/entry5204.aspx...
  • Blog Post: New Sample: Decrypting a Security Token

    You can find a new CardSpace sample that shows the nitty-gritty of decrypting a SecurityToken: http://cardspace.netfx3.com/files/folders/samples-july-ctp/entry5152.aspx This contains the code for a new Token class, (derived from TokenHelper) which exposes a few more features, to be discussed in...
  • Blog Post: Private Personal Identfiers: Adventures in privacy

    I had the question recently asked of me: When using an STS (Security Token Server), the PPID (PrivatePersonalIdentifier) is under the control of the STS. In other words, an STS has to take note of the RP (Relying Party) it is identifying for and generate an Information Card (with the appropriate...
  • Blog Post: Fat32: My Old nemesis.

    I've come across the same issue three times in the last two days, so it's bloggin' time! CardSpace requires that the user's profile is on an NTFS drive. Currently, the problem you see if your profile is on FAT32, is that the CardSpace Identity selector won't come up, and you'll get something in the...
  • Blog Post: Creating managed Cards

    Vittorio and I sat down and expanded his exploration on the managed card creation, and we came up with a Sample that details out what-you-need to know about creating managed Information Cards. Check it out: http://wcs.netfx3.com/files/folders/samples-july-ctp/entry4926.aspx ...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to CardSpace with Internet Explorer 7.0 tutorial/sample posted

    I've posted a July-CTP ready version of my Introdouction to CardSpace with Internet Explorer 7.0. It's a fantastic primer on getting started with CardSpace, I hope you'll check it out; http://wcs.netfx3.com/files/folders/samples-july-ctp/entry4898.aspx g Garrett Serack | Program...
  • Blog Post: Where are the WS-* Protocols? (Part One)

    Logging into a Website When signing into a website using CardSpace, the website has the choice of accepting two card types, Personal Cards or Managed Cards. Personal Cards are ones that you create the claim values yourself, support only a fixed set of claims, and have the cryptographic keys and...
  • Blog Post: Detecting Information Card Support (CardSpace!) in a browser

    I hacked out this a few weeks back, and never got around to publishing it. I've not decided that this is the 'official' way to detect Information Card support in a browser, but it'll do until I can think of something better. I'd say something like, "see how it detects support in other browsers...
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