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Password chars on community account registration

Trying to register a community account, I entered an alphanumeric password first. The server didn't accept it, suggesting to add some symbols: "Acceptable symbols include ($, #, ^, & ....)". The "..." is commonly interpreted as "and other like that" so I  added the underscore (_). But the server rejected my password once again. It accepted the password only with the "$" but not with the "_".

Underscore is the very common symbol so if it is not allowed for a password, it is better to mention it explicitly in the hint.

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  • K5CGK5CG Danny Member ✭✭
    edited October 2018
    Furthermore, the inclusion of special characters and mixed case letters, is much weaker than one might think if the password is not long enough. Any hacker that is going to attempt a brute force breach will have included all of those special characters anyway. The REAL solution to password strength is length, regardless of the characters in use. Choose a phrase that is easy to remember like "flexradiosarethebomb".

    A more thorough explanation here http://blog.globalknowledge.com/2017/07/12/password-complexity-youre-doing-it-wrong/

    In any case, the ultimate solution is to eliminate passwords altogether. It would be very cutting edge for FRS to take a lead in this area and implement Trusona as an auth mechanism option on the SmartSDR login panel. Goodbye password!

  • edited January 2018
    I know that. But in such case, the problem is proper server tuning, not a security issue. :)
  • Tim - W4TMETim - W4TME Administrator, FlexRadio Employee admin
    edited January 2018
    The Community software is a SaaS product we lease form GetSatisfaction.  You will need to address this concern with them

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