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From "Richard Bradley (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Comment Edited] (SHIRO-441) Explain how "Remember Me" works under the hood and that you might want to use a custom cipher key
Date Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:09:18 GMT

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Richard Bradley edited comment on SHIRO-441 at 2/25/16 5:08 PM:
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I think that using a publicly available key by default is a serious security issue and should
be treated as a high priority bug.

In my opinion, Shiro should use a random key (generated at server startup) by default for
"remember me" -- this will suffice for testing the feature on development machines and for
demos, but will prevent people accidentally releasing Shiro into production with insecure
settings.

See also:
 * https://github.com/pledbrook/grails-shiro/issues/28
 * http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26639205/shiro-how-does-remember-me-work/35633675


was (Author: richard.bradley):
I think that using a publically available key by default is a serious security issue and should
be treated as a high priority bug.

In my opinion, Shiro should use a random key (generated at server startup) by default for
"remember me" -- this will suffice for testing the feature on development machines and for
demos, but will prevent people accidentally releasing Shiro into production with insecure
settings.

See also:
 * https://github.com/pledbrook/grails-shiro/issues/28
 * http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26639205/shiro-how-does-remember-me-work/35633675

> Explain how "Remember Me" works under the hood and that you might want to use a custom
cipher key
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: SHIRO-441
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SHIRO-441
>             Project: Shiro
>          Issue Type: Documentation
>          Components: Documentation, Sample Apps
>    Affects Versions: 1.2.1
>            Reporter: Marian Seitner
>
> Neither the tutorial (http://shiro.apache.org/tutorial.html (section "Using Shiro"))
nor the the reference documentation (http://shiro.apache.org/authentication.html#Authentication-Rememberedvs.Authenticated
(chapter "Authentication")) give any hints that without a custom cipher key the - publicly
available - default key will be used (defined in http://grepcode.com/file/repo1.maven.org/maven2/com.ning/metrics.collector/1.2.1/org/apache/shiro/mgt/AbstractRememberMeManager.java/).
> Especially the statement in the tutorial is questionable: "this is all you have to do
to support 'remember me' (no config - built in!)". While true and fairly obvious to advanced
developers the potential security implications should be better explained.



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