• Subject: Re: Password Validation API
  • From: Douglas Handy <dhandy1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2001 14:35:29 -0500

Ed,

>It may be possible to modify the logic as Doug suggests 

I wouldn't go so far as to say I "suggested" it.  My main point was that you
couldn't simply compare the entire return value.

>but it would be
>very difficult because the user-id and the password are used as a pair. One
>is used to encrypt the other. 

In terms of being very difficult to make it work, that actually isn't true at
least up through V4R5.  I don't think it serves a useful purpose to describe the
technique here though.  At any rate, there is no guarantee it would continue to
work beyond V4R5.  In fact, I was surprised it *didn't* change at V4R5...

Even though what you do need to compare (through V4R5) is "simple", the rest of
the process was going around the block to cross the street.  Unless you work for
Rube Goldberg, the other alternatives mentioned are better.

Doug
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