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Re: plaintext passwords - my 0.02c

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2006c_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2006-07-19 14:11:18 CEST

On Jul 19, 2006, at 13:11, Greg Thomas wrote:

>> Anyone gaining physical access to the disk or its copies
>> (backups) will be able to retrieve the stored information,
>> bypassing OS
>> autentication, protection of the directories and so on.
>
> This is not always true. A proper encryption scheme will only allow an
> individual holding the correct password access to the data, short of a
> lengthy brute-force attack.
>
> I believe that this sort of scheme is what is used to store the
> passwords on Win32 boxes.

That should also be the case for Mac OS X home directories that are
stored using the FileVault feature.

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