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Internet Documentation

This is a collection of documentation sets from around the Internet. Unix Support does not control the content of these pages, purely their mirroring from other sites.

Frequently Asked Questions
This is the set of Usenet FAQs that are posted to the news group news.answers. There is no descriptive index and there are many layouts used. Some FAQs appear as a single file, others have numbered parts, some are groups of related FAQs.
Requests For Comment (Text index)
Despite their name, the Internet's Requests For Comments or RFCs are the standards that define the Internet. These are primarily in plain text, but some are in PostScript. You may find is more useful to start with the Index (c.300kB) first, as the individual files are named according to their numbers rather than with any explanatory text.
Standards track documents (Text index)
A subset of the RFCs, these documents are some of those that declare standards for Internet protocols.
"For your information" (Text index)
A subset of the RFCs, these documents are some of those that exist simply to provide useful information.
Draft RFCs
Index of Draft RFCs
List of Abstracts
The procedure for the creation of RFCs involves a stage with "draft RFCs" which last no longer than six months before being replaced with a later draft, becoming a true RFC or being withdrawn. Some of the drafts are named after the people working on them, rather than after their subject. You may find it more useful to start with the Index (c.150kB) or the List of Abstracts (c.900kB).
CERT advisories
CERT incident notes
CERT summaries
CERT index
The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) was founded on the 13th of December 1988 in the wake of the Morris Worm that brought the Internet to its knees by exploiting well-known weakness is popular Unix systems to propagate from machine to machine. The CERT's most useful function is its propagation of security alerts of various forms. The advisories are the alerts about particular vulnerabilities (usually only released after patches start to be available. The incident notes are records of the current scurity incidents. Solutions are not always available in early versions of these documents. The summaries are occasional announcements from the CERT describing the general trend in assaults on comuter security.