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Re: Which password cipher ?
On 12/1/10 10:59 AM, Robert Elz wrote:
"Of course". But really, who cares? Why would you ever have to think
about what cypher algorithm to use, *specially* during installation?
And if you want to change it at all after install, you should know how
to and, therefore, you should know what implications that has and how to
deal with them.
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 09:42:17 +0000
From: Julio Merino<jmmv%NetBSD.org@localhost>
| Which makes me wonder... why do we even *ask* people to choose a
| cypher algorithm during install? Couldn't we, as the developers of
| the system, make a good choice for our users (and let them change it
| after installation if they so wish, just as they can with everything
| else)? (It just feels stupid that we have a question in sysinst for
| something as trivial as this but we don't have a way to select, e.g.
| which services to enable.)
It is (of course) because we really want sysinst to encourage setting a
root password, and we need to know which cipher to use to set that one with,
before it is set. Nothing sysinst does inhibits in any way enabling
the various services, but setting a root password with the "wrong" cipher
would be annoying.
Seriously: offering the user to set a root password is an obvious thing
to do because we (the developers) can't choose one for the user. But
for the cypher algorithm? We can, and we can certainly do better than
just dump such a teeny-tiny question onto the user. (It's the same as
if sysinst offered you to change PS1 just because it should be "correct"
on the first boot.)
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