[JDEV] Plain, Digest, and Zero K authentication

Jens Alfke jens at mooseyard.com
Thu Apr 19 12:47:01 CDT 2001


On Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at 03:48 PM, Matt Diez wrote:

> Can anyone point out to me the advantages of a plantext or digest-based
> password authentication scheme?

Yes. They're easier for the client and server to implement. That's about 
the only advantage.

(My client started out using plaintext; it took me a few hours to get 
digest working, mostly because I had to read the man pages for OS X's 
hashing APIs and because I didn't realize that "SHA-1" and "SHA" are not 
the same thing.)

By the way, could you get your mailer to stop hardcoding <font size=2> 
on your messages? That makes the text really tiny and hard to read.

—Jens
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