Subject: Re: Chapter 8 security
To: None <email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <email@example.com>
Date: 04/18/2004 07:57:39
On Sun, Apr 18, 2004 at 08:26:48PM +1000, Daniel Carosone wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 18, 2004 at 03:35:23AM -0400, Thor Lancelot Simon wrote:
> > On Sun, Apr 18, 2004 at 01:55:27PM +0900, Curt Sampson wrote:
> > >
> > > If you're go all the way with this, even that might not be good enough.
> > > What is there to stop someone from making the password hash of a poor
> > > pasword on another machine and using vipw to set it?
> > Precisely that crypt(3) sees the *input* to the hash, and can enforce
> > arbitrary restrictions on it.
> As does login (etc) at the time the passwd is used, which is Curt's
> point. I'm not entirely sure I like the idea, but the point is valid.
That's utterly silly. login (etc) call crypt(3) to compute the hashed
password; why on earth would one undertake to change all *callers* of
crypt() when one could just change crypt() itself?
Thor Lancelot Simon firstname.lastname@example.org
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objects that he could think of, and had screamed: "You lamp! You towel! You
plate!" and so on. --Sigmund Freud