[JDEV] Account information storage, plaintext?

Jamin W. Collins jcollins at asgardsrealm.net
Mon Sep 15 12:02:30 CDT 2003

On Mon, Sep 15, 2003 at 04:42:40PM +0100, Richard Dobson wrote:
> > Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but what is the harm in
> > encrypting/hashing/obfuscating them?  It seems bad form to have
> > plain text passwords stored anywhere when there is some sort of
> > alternative (even if it's not a particuarly good one).  The only con
> > I can possibly think of is that it might give the admin a false
> > sense of security - but I can't see that as a major issue, and
> > probably one that can be addressed in the documentation.
> Of course two way reversable encryption is certainly an option instead
> of just storing the bare plain text password, but the original message
> author was advocating the use of non reversable hashes, 

AFAIK, I was the original author of this thread , and I did no such
thing.  Were you referring to someone else?  I simply asked if anyone
else saw the plaintext storage as a problem.

Jamin W. Collins

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