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bug#30190: 27.0.50; term run in line mode shows user passwords


From: Tino Calancha
Subject: bug#30190: 27.0.50; term run in line mode shows user passwords
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2018 12:37:42 +0900 (JST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.20 (DEB 67 2015-01-07)



On Sat, 3 Feb 2018, Noam Postavsky wrote:

On Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 9:23 PM, Tino Calancha <address@hidden> wrote:

Doesn't look like that much of a risk to me: the user immediately sees
the problem, so it's more of a minor nuisance.

It depends of the situation.  Few years ago, my boss watched my password
because this thing; if the password would be an offensive word
against him (it wasn't, he was nice) I could be fired.  I remember he
mnetioned very proudly that in vi editor the password is always hidden...

This is also a risk while pair-programming; recently I am doing a lot with
several buddies.  I suspect one of my passwords might be compromised.

But why wouldn't you just switch to char-mode before entering your
password? (which is kind of annoying to have to do, but still)
Because I am so focused in the coding task on hands that I hardly can
remember this password thing.

Such bookeeping is not a human task, it must be done by computers. Like remember aniversaries: most of the people use tools to remember that its your birthday.





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