• Subject: Re: Password "Hint" Feasibility
  • From: "Leif Svalgaard" <leif@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 07:58:42 -0600

From: John Earl <johnearl@400security.com>
> In an organization with 5000+ users, how can any I.S. employee know that
they are
> actually reseting the password of the person that called, and not some
imposter?
> It's a very real problem.

A common source of "forgotten" passwords is the rule that you
must change your password every so often. If one uses the "old"
password (or the previous two or so) passwords as the hint you
can at least check that that was known. A separate hint file is
probably a bad idea. If the password must be changed every
so often, then so should the hint and you get into a mess
with lots of exposures possible.


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