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Subject: Re: listproc passwords
From: Pres Smith <cons052 @ titan . ucs . umass . edu>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1993 10:29:40 -0500 (EST)
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     Since most of us belong to many lists and have to keep a database
 of basic instructions about them, the name/address of the list owner,
 etc., it is easy enough to vary the password of each one.  

     In any event there isn't much anyone can do with an email list
 password, since both the "From: " address and the password must
 match--a catch-22 that renders this feature of little use for changing
 the address, since in most instances the systems people have already
 changed the address and it no longer matches.   Yes, the "From: " 
 address could be forged, but besides inconveniencing a few individual
 subscribers and causing problems for the list-owner, this wouldn't
 seem to make much sense.

     If you're suggesting that subscribers tend to use their host
 account password as a list password as well, that would be very
 ill-advised.   In any event, since most hosts require frequent
 changes of account passwords as a condition of remaining on the
 system, this practice would seem to be self-defeating as a way
 of remembering a password and highly inconvenient in having to
 change the password of each list to match every time the account
 password changed.

      Unless it opens up some kind of hole into the listproc host,
 I don't see the problem.   
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