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Journal of shockme (2685)

Wednesday August 28, 2002
04:43 PM

HIPAA, Passwords and a Disturbing Shortage of Kleenex

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Man, I've accomplished so very little today. I started with the best of intentions. I was going to hit the office, call Sendmail, nail that sucker, and move on to bigger and greater accomplishments. I was going to be the man on the silver mountain ...

And then apathy set in. I hit a thread on Slashdot regarding Microsoft's latest EULA and HIPAA, and (because sometimes I just don't know when to shut the hell up) ended up reading HIPAA and creating a huge list of points of concern for the boss-man.

While I was working on this masterpiece, I downloaded John The Ripper and started it running, just to see if it'd crack any of the passwords on my system. 2.5 hours and counting, it's discovered 1 out of 5 passwords. The particular account in question needs to be removed anyway. I doubt seriously that it'll crack my personal password. A while back I downloaded and modified, and I use it for my password creations. It creates passwords like:


Sometimes it generates some pretty funny ones. I think I'm on fairly safe ground, password-wise. Nothing's perfect, but those are pretty decent passwords.

For the past week, I have been without Kleenex (aka, tissue) at the office. We have a lady who orders this stuff, and she tells me it should arrive any day now. Still, it's amazing how often a person uses something like tissue. You don't really miss it until it's not there. I kept my empty box on my desk to remind me to ask about it, but I finally threw it away. Without really thinking about it, I'd just reach over to grab one, and my hand would get stuck in the box.

Maybe tomorrow I'll have more energy and can actually get something accomplished. Maybe tomorrow the tissue man will come ...

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  • How many of those style passwords do you have active at any given moment?

    I'd be somewhat hard pressed to remember a new one of those a fortnight, let alone 7 at a given time.
      ---ict / Spoon
    • I'd guestimate about 20. TkPassMan [] to the rescue.

      If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me.

      • Ah. Cheating =)

        I'm quite fond of ssh, with the ability to authenticate via keys. You just remember the key's password and you can unset/disable the actual password. Screwed if you forget the key's password, mind you, or lose the key, but you do get to use ssh-agent =)
          ---ict / Spoon