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Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:17:45 +0200
From: Henri Salo <>
Subject: Re: gpw password generator giving short password at
 low rate

On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 09:51:05AM +0100, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote:
> we were pointed at a bug in gpw (a password generator), which makes it
> generate shorter password than required at a rate of ~20 over 1 million.
> The bug is at
> (so already public) and I'm wondering if that deserves a CVE:
> * gpw seems unmaintained (upstream and in Debian since around 2006)
> * I'm not sure people even use it
> * people using it interactively will notice the password has the wrong
> size
> But as it may be used in a script, then it might still be a real issue.
> What do people think?

I think this is security issue and should receive CVE. Is this program used in other distributions we could notify? Has this been fixed in other versions?

- Henri Salo

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