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From BAO RuiXian <>
Subject Re: Start laughing already - securing files with Apache and Windowsquestion
Date Fri, 23 Aug 2002 13:43:54 GMT
Boyle Owen wrote:

> What do you understand by "protected"?

Hmm, I understand that "protected" means "no in no right ticked":)

> Having a list of valid usernames is the best starting point for a cracker - he can then
fire off dictionary attacks until he finds another password. Note also that access a protected
directory via HTTP has none of the safety features that, say, a unix login shell has: if you
make a failed attempt you can retry immediately (no forced delay), you can make a million
attempts without any alerts to the real user or the sysadmin..

Aha, if there are more than one user in the password file, it will be a different story.

Thanks, Owen.

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