Cyrille Bonnet wrote:
> Hi there,
> I have been telling all my clients about how great Zope is for security:
> fine-grained permissions, security framework, roles, etc.
> Now, one of my clients has a security expert who took a close look at
> how Zope authenticates users. The results were not good.
> The main problem is that Zope stores the username and password in a
> cookie in clear text (base64 encoded).

*Zope* don't do that. It's the (infamous) CookieCrumbler products that
is responsible for this horror.

> Even though it only happens in their internal network, my client wasn't
> too happy, because it makes them vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack.
> I know, the odds of that happening are low, but storing the username and
> password in clear text is clearly not best practice.

That's an understatement.

> So, my question is: is there a way to secure Zope authentication?

yes : use https.

bruno desthuilliers
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