Odd msg received from list

Verde Denim tdldev at gmail.com
Sun Nov 17 02:15:20 CET 2013

Yes, I mean precisely that. The password was sent to me in the body of
the message in plaintext. That is what has me very concerned about the
list and its ability to protect private information.



On 11/15/2013 02:48 PM, Chris “Kwpolska” Warrick wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 12:30 AM, Gregory Ewing
> <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz> wrote:
>> Verde Denim wrote:
>>> The message also listed my
>>> account password, which I found odd.
>> You mean the message contained your actual password,
>> in plain text? That's not just odd, it's rather worrying
>> for at least two reasons. First, what business does a
>> message like that have carrying a password, and second,
>> it means the server must be keeping passwords in a
>> readable form somewhere, which is a really bad idea.
> From the info page at https://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/python-list:
>> You may enter a privacy password below. This provides only mild
>> security, but should prevent others from messing with your
>> subscription. **Do not use a valuable password** as it will
>> occasionally be emailed back to you in cleartext.
>> If you choose not to enter a password, one will be automatically
>> generated for you, and it will be sent to you once you've confirmed
>> your subscription.  You can always request a mail-back of your
>> password when you edit your personal options. Once a month, your
>> password will be emailed to you as a reminder.


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