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Re: [CQ-Contest] authentication for log submission

To: CQ Contest <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] authentication for log submission
From: Zack Widup <w9sz.zack@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2012 08:36:39 -0500
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Are you saying that someone can get hold of another station's log
after it has been submitted and tamper with it? If that's the case,
then the security needs to be placed on the computer where the logs
are stored by the contest sponsor.

I don't know how e-mailed logs are handled; if someone submits a log a
second time, does it wipe out the earlier log stored in the sponsor's
files, or are both kept?

If someone just fabricated a log, it seems it would be pretty obvious
on log checking.

Also, an examination of the header of the e-mail file should show
where the log came from.

73, Zack W9SZ

On 6/4/12, Katsuhiro Kondou <kondou@voyackey.net> wrote:
> Change the subject from the original, and removed related References
> headers.
> In article <4FCC7194.3080802@ei5di.com>,
>       "Paul O'Kane" <pokane@ei5di.com> wrote,
>       on "Mon, 04 Jun 2012 09:28:04 +0100";
> } In the days of paper logs, we had to submit a signed
> } declaration with each log.  With electronic logs, the
> } declaration is assumed, but largely forgotten.  One
> } practical solution is for the logging software to
> } display the declaration and ask for the operator's
> } agreement, by having to type the word YES, before the
> } Cabrillo log is created.
> }
> } The declaration, in effect a pledge that is renewed
> } with each entry, is good enough for me.
> I'm not sure this was discussed before, but this reminds me that
> someone who has malicious intention may submit other station's
> log to defeat the station after first submission by actual station.
> There looks no authentication method to verify the station for major
> contests(please correct me if I am wrong).  Complicated method to
> authenticate the station may lead decreasing the number of log
> submission, so this may not be applied to all stations.  But I think
> there should be some method to authenticate at least for stations who
> want to win a prize.
> Please ignore this message if my concern is baseless fear, the
> contest sponsors have already taken care of this, or we can trust
> everybody since we all have good morals.
> --
> Katsuhiro "Don" Kondou, JH5GHM
> Tokyo, JAPAN
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