Test-suite for a password protected website

Joshua Goodall joshua at roughtrade.net
Sun Dec 28 19:58:39 CST 2003

On Tue, Dec 30, 2003 at 09:51:26AM +1100, leif.eriksen at hpa.com.au wrote:
> Another option that is 'somewhat' secure is to set the username and 
> password in environmental variables, if you are using an OS that 
> supports that concept, and you are testing in a way that supports 
> reading your envirnment.

You should only do this if you are 100% certain that "ps wwex" or
equivalent on your particular platform and all possible target
platforms does NOT provide a handy dump of the environment table
for all and sundry.

Otherwise you've just proposed a classic, almost a traditional
security blunder.

- Joshua.

Joshua Goodall                           "as modern as tomorrow afternoon"
joshua at roughtrade.net                                       - FW109
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