Login functionality

Archaic archaic at indy.rr.com
Tue Feb 17 20:05:54 PST 2004

On Tue, Feb 17, 2004 at 05:34:37PM -0400, Anderson Lizardo wrote:
> AFAIK, the actual failed login name doesn't appear on the auth.log for
> security reasons. Often people type their password as login name by
> accident so anyone with access to the log file (including malicious
> administrators) can get the plain text password there and try the same
> password e.g. on HotMail accounts ;)

Makes sense... somewhat. However, a malicious admin causes all bets to
be off, so I wouldn't use that line of reasoning for not implementing
this feature.

Any one else want to chime in?


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