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By: deryni9

First of, not all of the protocols use a hash of the password.

Second, even if they did if all the expected was for you to send the hashed
password over the wire you would in essence just be using that hash as your
password instead of your original password (which means you would be storing
your password in plain text in the file anyway). Hashed passwords generally
include a run-time selected seed so that you aren't just storing some generated
password and using that.

I don't believe a plugin could do something like this at the moment, though
with some changes to gaim it almost certainly could. And such changes would
likely also allow storing passwords in the gnome-keyring or other such places.
I know there was a patch for the gnome-keyring business at one point but I don't
know anything about it.

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