1 February 2019
Protecting liberty by simplifying security
Recap: We’re building Fluidkeys to help teams safeguard their source code and protect sensitive data.
Last week I shared an early release of our preview site. It’s an attempt to succinctly explain what version 1 of Fluidkeys will do.
This week we critiqued it together and then honed the content. I’m proud of where we’ve got to. Then we announced it on Hackernews. Sadly, no one was interested this time! On reflection perhaps it’s better when we actually have something working to show when posting there. Still, it was good to get the preview site out there and we’ve been showing the site to prospective customers. All the feedback has been very positive. People get our more focused proposition!
It’s strange though, what we thought would be a day or so of work actually ended up taking the majority of the week. This means we’ve made less progress on the actual application itself, sadly. Oh well, it goes like that sometimes.
Paul’s been thinking about how the team management and synchronisation will work. To get a better feel for it, he had a go at making Fluidkeys keep our team’s keys in sync with each other.
We’ve settled on the idea that it’ll create a team roster, a list of email addresses linked to fingerprints and it’ll be cryptographically signed by the admin. It’ll look a bit like this:
uuid = "38be2a70-23d8-11e9-bafd-7f97f2e239a3" name = "Fluidkeys CIC" [people] [people."firstname.lastname@example.org"] fingerprint = "B79F 0840 DEF1 2EBB A72F F72D 7327 A44C 2157 A758" [people."email@example.com"] fingerprint = "E63A F0E7 4EB5 DE3F B72D C981 C991 7093 18EC BDE7"
Anyway, he got it working for our team of two! It read the file and refreshed our keys… Concept proven!
We’ve written a bit more about how we see it working over on the preview page.
Right now, if you want to send another person a secret from the command line you have to either type or copy and paste it into a prompt. We know people want to send files (certificates, token, configurations…) so we started on that this week too. We’ve got sending working. Next week we’ll wire in receiving then you’ll be good to go!
That’s it for now. Keep warm this weekend, see you next week!
All feedback is welcome, pop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org