A Lesson in How Not to Conduct Website Security

A Lesson in How Not to Conduct Website Security

Louisiana Tech just sent me a “reminder” email with my full username and password in there. That information is everything necessary to logon to the school student portal and get the rest of my personal information, full school transcript, etc.

Not only do I not like them emailing my password, I don’t like that they even know my password. They should be using hashes instead. They’re doing it incorrectly.

Here is the full email (user/pass redacted):

Subject: Reminder
TO: <[my.school.email]@LaTech.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 10 12:35:23 CST    
From: <Registrar@LaTech.edu>

REMINDER:

          Your BOSS PIN is: XXXXXX
          Your CWID number is: 100XXXXXX

PROTECT THESE NUMBERS!

I sure wish they’d protect these numbers for me instead of emailing them to me every quarter.

Author: Chris Benard

Chris Benard is a software developer in the Dallas area specializing in payments processing, medical claims processing, and Windows/Web services.

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