Re: Security for various IETF services

Stephen Farrell <stephen.farrell@cs.tcd.ie> Mon, 07 April 2014 11:01 UTC

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To: Brian Trammell <ietf@trammell.ch>, stbryant@cisco.com
Subject: Re: Security for various IETF services
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Brian's response covers the issues very well I think. (Thanks.)

Just one thing to add...

On 04/07/2014 11:09 AM, Brian Trammell wrote:
> I think the practical risk here is only of vandalism, creating a
> mess in the datatracker that it would take a fair amount of work to
> clean up. Any impersonation materially impacting the process would 
> presumably (hopefully) be detected by the impersonated themselves. 
> And the possibility of someone actually doing this certainly seems 
> far-fetched, but so do so many of the things one reads in the
> press these days on this subject.

Given that password re-use over many services is common, there is
also the not at all insignificant risk that any credentials captured
could be abused elsewhere with more impact.

Yes, we ought move away from passwords if/when we ever find an
acceptably better solution, and yes, people ought manage their
passwords well, but neither are today's reality more's the pity.

S.
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