Name: Oliver Hamm.
Background: I'm a 24 year old, third year student at Paris-Diderot University in Paris, France. I've studied and coded, among other languages, in C, Java, Ocaml, Python, the whole "internet package" (PHP, HTML, CSS, MySQL/PostgreSQL) and I have just started to learn C++ but I shouldn't have any problems with it since it looks like the offspring of Java and C to me, and I can already code in both. As for cryptography I've followed the Coursera courses (https://www.coursera.org/course/crypto) a couple of months ago and I have the "Handbook of Applied Cryptography" from Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. van Oorschot and Scott A. Vanstone on my nightstand to read about the magical universe of encryption and decryption.
I also have been a member of Hack This Site and Enigma Group for over a year now, to get to learn about how penetration testing works ( they also have some cryptography exercises ). Why you say? Because I intend on working in computer security later on, and this is a good opportunity for me to acquire experience in that domain.
Project title: One-time-password (token) based authentication and transactions
Project details: To be added soon! ( Contacting the Mentors )
Synopsis: Enhancing/creating some authentication and transaction protocols based on the one-time pass protocol.
Benefits to Debian: Simply put: you can have walls as thick and high as you want, but if anyone can get the key that opens the door, your castle will fall.
Deliverables: To be added soon! ( Contacting the Mentors )
Project schedule: Brushing up on my cryptography and learning more C++ if needed, getting familiar with the different authentication protocols and figuring out how they can be added to the existing ones.
Exams and other commitments: I have exams until the end of May, and possibly in June depending on the circumstances.
Other summer plans: Apart from turning my keyboard into a steaming pile of burnt plastic and my brain to mush? No.
Why Debian?: "Kali", which is the codename for a Linux distro that evolved from the "Backtrack" series built around computer security testing, is mostly based on Debian, and since I'll be using it for work soon enough I want to know how it really works.
Are you applying for other projects in SoC?: I will be applying to a couple of Wireshark and Crypto Stick projects.