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Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:24:16 +0100
From: Yves-Alexis Perez <>
Subject: Re: gpw password generator giving short password at
 low rate

On mar., 2012-01-17 at 11:17 +0200, Henri Salo wrote:
> 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?
Not that I know of (but I didn't know anything about gpw before reading
that bug report). It should be present in Debian derivatives, at least.


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