Re: Some security-related suggestions

John Gardiner Myers <jgm+@cmu.edu> Thu, 09 June 1994 02:09 UTC

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Subject: Re: Some security-related suggestions
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Beak: is Not

Mike@Software.com (Michael D'Errico) writes:
> All of my mail goes out as "mike" but I can set up a POP account for
> me as "2Yhd%0_" if I want....

Or you could alternately leave your account as "mike" and require your
password to start with "2Yhd%0_", with no increase in security risk.
Two reusable passwords are no better than one twice as long.

If people want text like that given by Steve Dorner in the Security
Considerations section, fine.  I do, however, object to prohibiting
servers from issuing useful error messages on the USER command.

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