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neildaemond
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Joined: 27 May 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:35 am    Post subject: SMS Forum: Don't email out UN&PW in Plain Text Reply with quote

When I signed up for this forum, the username and password were sent back to me in the confirmation email.

It is really bad practice to do this as anyone listening can see whats in the email.

If users use these passwords for other things (which is common), this becomes a security breach for other sites as well.
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gerasimos_h
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Joined: 09 Aug 2007
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the normal behavior of phpBB2, and beside that, login details comes to your email, where you only have access.
Now if someone hack your email, he could retrieve the data quite easily from any board, and that's the weak point.
It's not wise to use the same password, for all sites, especially if that's a support forum with no private data of any kind.
I have in mind upgrading to phpBB3, I already found a style (need some tweaks), make a test upgrade, but it's not my top priority.

Thank you for your concern on this forum's security, I disable text password in welcome mail.

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neildaemond
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, its always a bad idea to use the same password for different things. I don't, but its a common mistake people make.

I think you can agree too that a user's password should never be seen in plain text, anywhere. Its good you removed it, and are looking into the new phpBB~

keep up the good work with this distro~!
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