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domm (4030)

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Just in case you like to know, I'm currently full-time father of 2 kids, half-time Perl hacker, sort-of DJ, bicyclist, no longer dreadlocked and 33 years old

I'm also head of [], maintainer of the CPANTS [] project, member of the TPF Grants Commitee [] and the YAPC Europe Foundation [].

I've got stuff on CPAN [], held various talks [] and organised YAPC::Europe 2007 in Vienna [].

Journal of domm (4030)

Wednesday March 17, 2004
08:45 AM

Security and Users (in the real world)

[ #17937 ]
Today I attended a meeting in the editorial office of Oe1, the Austrian equivalent of BBC. Access to their office is restricted by some sort of keycard-reader (i.e. everybody has to wave his/her card in front of some reader to open the door). Behind the door lies a small hallway, through which on can go on to the office or enter the 'controlling room' (you know, full of mixers, playback devices etc), which seems to be unmanned most of the time.

Guess what's hanging right next to the card reader?

A keycard!

This is like (or even worse than) sending passwords for their CMS around in plain email...

I wonder why I took all the trouble to implement their fine-tuned access control system (for the CMS), when in fact they don't care. And I really fell sorry for however built the RealWorld Access Control thing!

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  • Which is, might I add, a fine site for the best, in fact, only radio station I listen to. And built with mod_perl!