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RE: Forged usernames! (i forged my nick)

by neshura (Chaplain)
on Aug 15, 2000 at 07:49 UTC ( #27875=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Forged usernames!

Actually, as soon as I saw that there was a hole for creating spoofed names, I created the " neshura" account myself. Not that I think that someone is going to come in and pretend to be me, but just to see if it worked, and what the behavior was when I logged in using that account. I noticed some odd behavior, such as:
  • leading space is stripped some places (e.g. within the Other Users nodelet) but not in others (e.g. the Chatterbox, where the nick shows up as "< neshura>")
  • some pages logged me out when i was trying to use the new nick
  • node=neshura and node= neshura both go to my real home node
I didn't look too extensively to see what other things I could and couldn't do with a {space}nick, but I'd say based on this behavior that leading spaces should definitely be stripped.

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RE: RE: Forged usernames! (i forged my nick)
by merlyn (Sage) on Aug 15, 2000 at 08:01 UTC
    And to fill out the story, {space}merlyn is me. I was looking at Hot{space}Potatoe, or whomever that is, wondering how to type the space on a /tell in the chatterbox. And then I thought spaces should be illegal in user names (didn't we already decide that, or was it LONG names that are illegal?). I tried creating merlyn{space} and was happy that this was rejected, but then when I created {space}merlyn, woo hoo!

    I think all whitespace should be illegal in names. There's too much stuff around here that counts on a solid name. What a mess if this could continue!

    -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker

      It's them damned MS spaces. I think anyone with a space in there name should get it replaced by %20 no matter what. Like " merlyn" would be %20merlyn. That would deter people from doing this plus make them stand out if they tried.


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RE: RE: Forged usernames! (i forged my nick)
by Russ (Deacon) on Aug 15, 2000 at 08:36 UTC
    Oh, good. I'm much relieved. When I saw it, I nearly panicked.

    /me envisions inflammatory posts in someone else's name
    /me shudders

    I agree with you and merlyn, all spaces should be stripped. There's just too much mischief possible, here.

    Thanks for clearing this up.

    P.S. I think I know this is you, neshie, from the node_id. But, can you prove this is really you? ;-)

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