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Re: InterNIC modification

  • From: Jay R. Ashworth
  • Date: Wed Sep 30 20:48:24 1998

On Mon, Sep 28, 1998 at 07:18:25PM -0400, Steven J. Sobol wrote:
> > > Note that CRYPT-PW apparently only refers to how the passwords are stored
> > > on the InterNIC's servers; they're sent in plaintext when you e-mail the
> > > form.
> > 
> > Well, you know... no.
> > I've seen the mail generated when you fill in the webform, and choose
> > CRYPT-PW.  The CGI script encrypts the cleartext password, and that's
> > what's in the field in the email when it's mailed to you for
> > forwarding.
> 
> Jay, my friend, I hate to be argumentative, but...
> 
> Authorization
> 0a. (N)ew (M)odify (D)elete.........: M
> 0b. Auth Scheme.....................: CRYPT-PW
> 0c. Auth Info.......................: sj.3989.
> 
> That is indeed the password associated with my NIC handle. Or was, 
> anyhow. I've since changed it.
> 
> That was in the e-mail sent to me, which was not PGP'd or encrypted in
> any way.

They've changed it, then.  When I last used CRYPT-PW to register a
domain, I entered my password into the webform and the mail I was sent
to forward back in had a crypt(2) looking string in that position.

> For that matter, the OLD password is not encrypted on the contact form
> if you are modifying contact information for a certain handle, either.

The entire operation is pretty teen-age, as fas as I'm concerned.

> I guess that is supposed to make it easier to fill in the text file and
> mail it, as opposed to going to the web site. But it defeats the whole purpose
> of having an encrypted password.

Quite.

Cheers,
-- jra
-- 
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