[OpenAFS] Accuracy of timestamps in AFS files.

Garance A Drosihn drosih@rpi.edu
Mon, 21 Apr 2008 00:44:56 -0400

At 11:31 AM -0400 4/19/08, Finke, Jon E wrote:
>I will be giving a deposition involving some intellectual property 
>issues in the near future, and some of my work is being considered 
>as prior art.  One of the ways we are determining "when" I wrote 
>things will be based on the last changed dates of the files.   Our 
>AFS cell dates back to the early 90s (which is when I got my AFS 
>admin certification.)
>The question may arise, is how easy is it to "fake" these file 
>system time stamps - do they come from the AFS client or from the 
>AFS file servers?

Trivial.  If you have access to the files, and if you have something like
perl or ruby installed, you can basically type in a command to reset the
timestamps to whatever value you wanted.

Garance Alistair Drosehn            =   gad@gilead.netel.rpi.edu
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