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Bug 8219 - Creating a user account via e-mail allows logging in with blank password
Creating a user account via e-mail allows logging in with blank password
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 6394
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
User login and signup (Other open bugs)
PC All
: Normal critical (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-12-11 16:09 UTC by Ral315
Modified: 2010-05-15 15:42 UTC (History)
0 users

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Ral315 2006-12-11 16:09:25 UTC
When logged in as a sysop, one can create a user account for other users,
sending a password to the user via e-mail.  In 1.8.2 and before, this password
was randomly generated; however, simply logging in with nothing in the password
field is successful.

Even after logging in, both the password and a blank entry work interchangeably,
until the user changes it via Special:Preferences (in which case, only the new
password works).  Even if the user logs in with the password they received via
e-mail, another user could log in later with a blank password field.

This bug has been confirmed by me in 1.8.2 and 1.7.1; a user on IRC confirms
this on 1.6.8 (the current release for PHP4 users).  This doesn't work on the
English Wikipedia because the e-mail password feature requires the sysop to
enter a password for the new user.  Given the extensions and changes present on
Wikipedia, I'm not sure if a vanilla svn release would be affected or not.
Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2006-12-11 20:22:41 UTC
That's because you specified the initial password as blank (and the
form is really crappy and makes you put in an initial password
for this).

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 6394 ***

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