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Hi I'm new here and I would love to be in the Hak5.org IRC chat..I admit when it comes to IRC I don't have a clue. I do have a Nickname and a User account active , but when I start the program I'm using and log in on the IRC. I keep getting this

(17:05:05) vertex.hak5.org: (notice) *** Looking up your hostname...

(17:05:05) vertex.hak5.org: (notice) *** Found your hostname (cached)

(17:05:05) vertex.hak5.org: (notice) *** Checking ident...

(17:05:17) vertex.hak5.org: (notice) *** No ident response; username prefixed with ~

(17:05:17) vertex.hak5.org: (notice) *** If you are having problems connecting due to ping timeouts, please type /quote pong A8E7F404 or /raw pong A8E7F404 now.

any help would be much apreciated...

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ident is a service you run. The remote server can connect back to the ident service on your system and ask what the username of the user is who is currently accessing it from port XXX (whatever it's detected).

It's a piece of shit service and a security risk to boot if it was ever honest (which it pretty much never is or should be).

The service uses port 113 so if you're behind a NAT box, be sure to port-forward incoming connections on that port to your own machine.

MIrc comes with a built-in ident service that just spits out gibberish (I think), so with that client it should be a simple matter of enabling the service. On unix you're probably better off with a dedicated identd service. Just google for one, there's a TON of them (hell, I wrote my own in under 400 lines of c code including some function documentation).

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