From: John P . Looney (valen at domain tuatha.org)
Date: Tue 12 Oct 1999 - 15:17:43 IST
On Tue, Oct 12, 1999 at 02:43:29PM +0100, Kenn Humborg mentioned:
> > Motorola store all their's in a password-protected Excel file. Must take
> > hours to crack that sort of heavy-weigth encryption :)
> Oh bloody hell...
> Let's see... what are the problems with this?
> 1. Proprietary format (no need to elaborate).
> 2. On-line (susceptible to electronic attacks such as viruses)
> 3. No granularity - get one and you've got them all
> 4. No traceability - no way to tell if it's been cracked
> 5. Either the file is stored in the open (where it can be
> easily copied and cracked off-line) or it is in a
> place only accessible to certain users (which means that
> if those users get hit by busses you can't get the file)
Yeah. One of the developers really wound up an admin when he said that he
could get the root password of any machine in the place, in 24 hours -
and then proved he could...<grin>
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