On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 10:19 AM, K. Peachey <p858snake(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM, Petr Bena
I have seen there is a lot of wikis where people
are concerned about
inactive sysops. They managed to set up a strange rule where sysop
rights are removed from inactive users to improve the security.
However the sysops are allowed to request the flag to be restored
anytime. This doesn't improve security even a bit as long as hacker
who would get to some of inactive accounts could just post a request
and get the sysop rights just as if they hacked to active user.
Not all wikis blindly give the user their rights back when they do
this "theatrical" based security model.
For this reason I think we should create a new
extension auto sysop
removal, which would remove the flag from all users who didn't login
to system for some time,
There is already one that does this from memory (Without checking, E:LandLord)
and if they logged back, the confirmation
code would be sent to email, so that they could reactivate the sysop
Again, Just theatrical security, Most people tend to use the same
passwords everywhere, if this was the case for said Sysop, Their email
is also compromised. Also this would require wikis to have email
sending setup, as well as the user to have confirmed theirs.
That's the problem of user if they use same password, but I believe
that any users with any sense for security don't do that, sysops could
be instructed to use different password than in their email.
This would be
much simpler and it would actually make hacking
to sysop accounts much harder.
Not really, per my point above.
It would per my point above your point.
On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM, Petr Bena
The target user should be notified according to
their personal config
(They could specify if they want to be warned if someone is about to
compromise their account or not)
Pointless user prefernce IMHO, we should just send them (for wikis
that have email setup) and probably inculde a note along the lines of
"You should consider making sure your password is secure, some handy
What is pointless on that, I believe many users would like to be
informed that they are target of some hacker. Even providing
information to identify them (to checkuser for example) like ip
address, would be usefull to eliminate them somehow. If they don't
like it, they can turn it off.