[WEB SECURITY] Password-less login ?

Subin subin.net at gmail.com
Mon Jan 28 14:57:52 EST 2013

Glenn, it's considered best practice not to send auth tokens in URL due to risks of upstream logging , also proxies and firewalls may log it and then making it permanent would only increase the risk.


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On Jan 28, 2013, at 4:13 AM, Glenn Pierce <glennpierce at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi I like to have opinions on the security of logging into a website
> with just a uid 
> ie
> https://someserver.com/login/a4337bc45a8fc544c03f52dc550cd6e1e87021bc896588bd79e901e2
> I have inherited a system that provides a login for tablets which login in this manner.
> (It needs an automated login for the tablets)
> Obviously the url in required to be encrypted by always requiring https.
> We often provide one time tokens like this when someone has forgotten their password.
> But why not allow this to be a permanent login ?
> Why is requiring a uid like above worst than a username,password ?  
> I believe I am missing something stupid as you would see more of this kind of thing.
> That makes be nervous.
> Thanks for any feedback.
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