https ?

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by tf_dc, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. tf_dc macrumors member

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    #1
    First, my apologies if this topic was already discussed here, but I didn't find any recent posts/threads about it.

    Is forums.macrumors.com planning to use https?

    Sending usernames/passwords/authentication tokens etc in cleartext over public networks seems a bit strange in year 2016 (soon 2017).

    If the site already supports it, but dumb me didn't find how to connect securely, my apologies again.
     
  2. arn macrumors god

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  3. ericgtr12 macrumors 6502a

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    Just because the site isn't using SSL doesn't necessarily mean credentials are being sent in plain text. In fact, it's likely that it's all encrypted using salt (one way) on the back end.
     
  4. jeremysteele macrumors 6502

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    No doubt it is salted on the DB side. They are talking about client -> server communication (hence the SSL concern).

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    (Obviously made-up credentials)

    Anything sent without SSL can be easily snatched by a MITM attack. And yes, Xenforo could also hash passwords via JS before sending - but it doesn't, since the relevant data and session IDs could still be snagged and make session hijacking child's play.

    Of course the truly paranoid would also say MITM is very possible even with SSL, but that's another story entirely.
     

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