What is WASTE?
WASTE is a software product and protocol that enables secure distributed communication for small (on the order of 10-50 nodes) trusted groups of users.
WASTE is designed to enable small companies and small teams within larger companies to easily communicate and collaborate in a secure and efficient fashion, independent of physical network topology.
Some bits of information about WASTE:
WASTE is currently available for 32-bit Windows operating systems, and as a limited functionality server for FreeBSD and MacOS X. Porting to other operating systems should be a breeze, as the source is provided (and the network code itself is pretty portable).
WASTE is licensed under the GPL.
WASTE currently provides the following services:
Instant Messaging (with presence)
File transfer (upload and download)
Network architecture: WASTE uses a distributed architecture that allows for nodes to connect in a partial mesh type network. Nodes on the network can broadcast and route traffic. Nodes that are not publicly accessible or on slow links can choose not to route traffic. This network is built such that all services utilize the network, so firewall issues become moot. more information.
Security: WASTE uses link-level encryption to secure links, and public keys for authentication. RSA is used for session key exchange and authentication, and the links are encrypted using Blowfish in PCBC mode. The automatic key distribution security model is very primitive at the moment, and may not lend itself well to some social situations. more information.
Where can I get WASTE?
Who Made WASTE?
WASTE was created by Nullsoft, a subsidiary of AOL Time Warner* and makers of the popular mp3 player Winamp. WASTE was released as open source without AOL's blessing, and now has been pulled from Nullsoft's website. (for Nullsoft's legal pacification look here: http://www.nullsoft.com/free/waste/ )
The same thing happened with the Gnutella source, and look what happened there - it was developed in Kazaa, Morpheus and countless other P2P file-sharing applications and networks. It is expected that developers will do the same with WASTE, as the current release (1.0) is a beta containing the full source code.
*Nullsoft was purchased by AOL in June 1999