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Re: gpw password generator giving short password at low rate
From: Henri Salo <henri () nerv fi>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:17:45 +0200

On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 09:51:05AM +0100, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote:
we were pointed at a bug in gpw (a password generator), which makes it
generate shorter password than required at a rate of ~20 over 1 million.
The bug is at http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=651510
(so already public) and I'm wondering if that deserves a CVE:

* gpw seems unmaintained (upstream and in Debian since around 2006)
* I'm not sure people even use it
* people using it interactively will notice the password has the wrong
size

But as it may be used in a script, then it might still be a real issue.

What do people think?

I think this is security issue and should receive CVE. Is this program used in other distributions we could notify? Has 
this been fixed in other versions?

- Henri Salo


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