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From "Ayende Rahien" <aye...@ayende.com>
Subject Re: Security via probability
Date Wed, 08 Oct 2008 00:16:36 GMT
Really bad idea.Security through obscurity is no security. I can listen on
the network and see what kind of requests are made, for example.

On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 1:54 AM, Matthew King <automatthew@gmail.com> wrote:

> Block requests to the all docs query, and you have the beginnings of a
> capability system.
>
> On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 6:42 PM, Jeremy Wall <jwall@google.com> wrote:
> > This assumes that the user has to guess. If the user gets the docif
> > via some other means, say by the all docs query built in to couchdb
> > then h doesn't have to guess.
> >
> >
> >
> > On 10/7/08, Paul Carey <paul.p.carey@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> My webapp PUTs data to a url like /controller/couchdb_db_doc_id. The
> >> associated action currently performs no security checks. Specifically,
> >> it doesn't ensure that the user making the PUT request and modifying
> >> the data actually owns the associated document.
> >>
> >> Given a uuid as a doc id, the chances of guessing a doc id are very
> >> low indeed; successfully guessing a typical user's password would be
> >> much easier. In order for an attack to be successful the attacker
> >> would have to first guess a document id - extremely unlikely. This
> >> leads me to believe that I don't *need* to perform any security checks
> >> when modifying a document as described above. Any thoughts to the
> >> contrary?
> >>
> >> Cheers
> >>
> >> Paul
> >>
> >
> > --
> > Sent from my mobile device
> >
>

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