[Coco] Tandy / Color Computer Forum Access

gene heskett gheskett at wdtv.com
Fri Mar 25 14:28:38 EDT 2011

On Friday, March 25, 2011 02:19:38 PM Brian Blake did opine:

> On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 2:01 PM, Wayne Campbell <asa.rand at gmail.com> 
> > Most of them do recommend periodic changes, but leave it up to the
> > user.
> > 
> > Wayne
> That's what will end up happening. Though if there is ever an instance
> where there's a security issue, it'll be required... No major biggie...

The security issue is, as I see it, the short password.  A 6 character PW 
can be found by John the Ripper in just a few seconds.  My own minimum user 
password length is 9, and my root PW on this machine is, lets just say, 
more than 20.  Same for the admin password on dd-wrt.  John would have to 
work till the universe runs down to find those, as every character added 
adds to the factorial on the difficulty. To illustrate, a 6 char PW is 
6!=720. 9!=362880. and 20!=2.43290200818e+18, a rather large number.

You have to make it expensive enough to crack your password that they get 
bored and go looking for easier targets.

Cheers, Gene
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