[TUHS] Recovered /etc/passwd files

Kurt H Maier khm at sciops.net
Thu Oct 10 06:09:42 AEST 2019

On Wed, Oct 09, 2019 at 09:59:43AM -1000, Rob Pike wrote:
> Interesting though it is, though, I find this hacking distasteful. It was
> distasteful back when, and it still is. The attitudes around hackery have
> changed; the position nowadays seems to be that the bad guys are doing it
> so the good guys should be rewarded for doing it first. That's disingenuous
> at best, and dangerous at worst.

And not really relevant to this topic, in fact.  It's not like we're
sitting around rainbow-tabling someone's Macbook.  This stuff is, at
this point, of historical interest.  "How many decades old must a hash
be before it's acceptable to decode it" is a valid question worth
answering, but comparing this kind of archaeology to active attack is
slightly absurd.


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