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Re: FW: [ppa-dev] Severe bug in debian - phppgadmin opens

From: Doug McNaught <doug(at)wireboard(dot)com>
To: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Lincoln Yeoh <lyeoh(at)pop(dot)jaring(dot)my>, Christopher Kings-Lynne <chriskl(at)familyhealth(dot)com(dot)au>, Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: FW: [ppa-dev] Severe bug in debian - phppgadmin opens
Date: 2001-11-28 20:23:57
Message-ID: m3hereod9e.fsf@belphigor.mcnaught.org (view raw or flat)
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Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us> writes:

> OK, new text is:
> 
> 	<envar>PGPASSWORD</envar>
> 	sets the password used if the backend demands password
> 	authentication. This is not recommended because the password can
> 	be read by others using <command>ps -e</command>.

Just a nit--the 'e' option is for Berkeley-style ps (/usr/ucb/ps on
Solaris).  SysV ps doesn't have an equivalent from what I can see,
(though I may have missed it) and '-e' does something totally
different. 

> I am unsure if Linux has this problem but it seems most other Unix's do.

Modern versions (of Linux) don't seem to--you can see the env for your
processes but not for others'.

-Doug
-- 
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