TITLE: You Want Security? AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: August 24, 2007 12:20 PM DESC: ----- BODY: Here is security, which comes along with my new favorite error message:
Your password must be at least 18770 characters and cannot repeat any of your previous 30689 passwords. Please type a different password. Type a password that meets these requirements in both text boxes.
Oh, yeah -- be sure to type it twice. I leave it to the TheoryCS guys at Ernie's 3D Pancakes, Computational Complexity, and The Geomblog to give us the mathematical picture on how secure an 18,770-character password is, and what the implications are for installing SP1, before which you could get by with a passcode of a mere 17,145 characters. -----