Department of Redundancy Department


#1

Department of Redundancy Department specializes in multi-layer security. I suspected that they might have inserted a backdoor into some of their products, so I checked out their own systems. They've protected themselves with a lot of layers, but thankfully, it looks like most of those layers are the same. It shouldn't be too hard to bypass all of them after the first one.


#2

Woah... this is some tricky stuff. They've got narrow access windows set up there; that sort of strict timestamping would never hold up in a high-uptime system that had to deal with internet-level latency. These backdoors must just be for local access, and their tolerances are just barely broad enough to allow external exploitation.

These systems... I want to talk about them, but they're too interesting to ruin the exploration... oh! confetti_ball *installs spoiler plugin*

I'm thinking that the DRD is using genetic algorithms ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_algorithm ) or neural nets to design their security. That's the only explanation for how they have so many different layers that are similar-looking but very different in practice. It seems especially likely given that some of the systems seem to have unused components; a manually-designed system wouldn't demonstrate those "vestigial" things. So. Awesome.

peace,
sk3tch