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Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:28:26 +1100
From: Michael Samuel <>
Subject: Re: RESEND: CVE Request: pwgen

On 11 October 2013 00:35, Marcus Meissner <> wrote:
> (CVE worthyness:
> It does not fully meet the security expectations of generating
> a non-weak password by default....
> )

"Exploiting in the wild" isn't what I do, but it wouldn't be hard to
weed out some pwgen passwords from public dumps simply by doing:
pwgen -cn 8 1000000000 | john --stdin pwfile

I have a program that tries to mimic the internal state and generate
in order of probability, but it still needs some tuning.  There will
be a couple of slides on pwgen at my Ruxcon talk too.

For distros not wanting to ship an insecure program, see

I think somebody at Debian needs to do an NMU, since the maintainer is
still not responding.


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