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Fwd: New public IRC server refuses passwords

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:26:04 -0400
Message-Id: <2950C73D-1402-4390-B748-324AD158E76E@w3.org>
To: W3C RDF WG <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>, Provenance Working Group <public-prov-wg@w3.org>


Begin forwarded message:

> Resent-From: system-notices@w3.org
> From: Brett Smith <brett@w3.org>
> Subject: New public IRC server refuses passwords
> Date: October 15, 2012 11:10:29 EDT
> To: system-notices@w3.org
> Archived-At: <http://www.w3.org/mid/507C2765.6040403@w3.org>
> List-Id: <chairs.w3.org>
> [This issue affects *non-Team* connecting to the IRC server.  I'm
> sending this out primarily for the benefit of Team liaisons and others
> who need to help collaborators who connect to the public IRC server.]
> We've received a few reports that W3C collaborators have been having
> trouble connecting to the new public IRC server.  In each case, this has
> happened because their client was configured to send a server password.
> Passwords are not necessary to connect to the public IRC server.  The
> old server software would ignore this extraneous password; the new
> server software rejects connections that provide it.
> Public IRC server passwords are not encrypted in any way and can easily
> be sniffed by malicious third parties.  Anyone who has an IRC client
> configured to connect to the public IRC server with a password should
> remove that password to avoid leaking sensitive information.
> People with clients configured to send a W3C account password should
> change their password using the form at
> <http://www.w3.org/Help/Account/ChangePassword/>.
> As always, anyone with questions about this change should contact us at
> <sysreq@w3.org>.
> Best regards,
> -- 
> Brett Smith

Ivan Herman, W3C Semantic Web Activity Lead
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Received on Monday, 15 October 2012 15:26:31 UTC

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