Login functionality

Christopher Chumbley cjchumbley at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 17 21:44:17 PST 2004

I agree that with a malicious admin all bets are are off.  On the other hand, I have seen too many stupid and/or lazy admins and the ablility to search through a log file for "admin/Godd" or to look for any other login failures and see the username/password pairs really just isn't an acceptable security risk. IMHO of course...

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Archaic<mailto:archaic at indy.rr.com> 
  To: Hardened LFS Development List<mailto:hlfs-dev at linuxfromscratch.org> 
  Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2004 11:05 PM
  Subject: Re: Login functionality

  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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