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Re: [jasspa] Password generator -- well, okay

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  • Jon Green
    ... We will leave that as an exercise for the reader. You should be able to hook some words out of the spelling dictionary. Jon.
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 25, 2007
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      Thomas Hundt wrote:
      > Was perusing the release notes for 2006/08/10 and noticed
      >
      > * insert-password(3) password generation utility for system
      > administrators who tire of thinking of new passwords.
      >
      > Apparently this generates random sequences of characters, e.g.,
      >
      > 1XuJg2w6 (One - X-RAY - uniform - JULIET - golf - Two - whisky - Six)
      >
      > This kills me. This is the same algorithm my boss uses to generate
      > passwords. ("Hit a bunch of random keys on the keyboard.") It
      > generates extremely INSECURE passwords because the first thing you have
      > to do is write them down somewhere -- or stick them in some text file
      > (hopefully encrypted -- just how secure is 'me -k'?). I hate these
      > types of passwords, because I'm constantly opening this file to look for
      > them.
      >
      > Lately, for passwords, I've been using the system once popularized by
      > CompuServe, which amounts to <some-word> <some-punctuation-char>
      > <some-other-word>, for example, barge%water. Which is very similar to
      > the algorithm used by dotcoms to generate unique company (and domain)
      > names: things like RedGorilla and BlueToenail. So, hey, let's hear it
      > for the automatic company name generator feature... ;-)
      >
      >

      We will leave that as an exercise for the reader. You should be able to
      hook some words out of the spelling dictionary.

      Jon.
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