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Re: MS Security Gotcha (OT)

by scottstef (Curate)
on Feb 17, 2002 at 13:51 UTC ( #145992=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to MS Security Gotcha (OT)

I had read about the fact that M$ saves all passwords in cleartext and laughed when I was reading the Oreily Apache book. I didn't realize that M$ and other apps that run on Windows store in plain-text until I needed to get into an old webserver that someone had setup and once it broke, it magically became my responsibility. A quick little grep and I found a plain-text password that I could use.

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[Corion]: ambrus: He isn't familiar with GIGO (or nIGO) yet?
[Corion]: Also, is it impossible in the general case, but doable in your specific case, maybe? I find that working through a counterexample usually makes people see the light
[Corion]: Uiiih! Let's Encrypt will start issuing wildcard certificates, that's cool!
[ambrus]: Corion: no, backwards. It's possible in the general case, but not in the specific case of bad data we have. Which is why it's harder to explain.
[marto]: that reminds me, to donate...
[ambrus]: If it was possible in this specific case, then the burden to argue for that would be his.

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