Oh My! Databases are Wonderful, but you Have to Keep Them Secure, Fellows!

A security vulnerability at Groupon was discovered by a fellow using Google to search for database stuff. People are leaving SQL database dumps where the web servers can share them with the world … Talk about leaving the door open.

If you cannot believe this happens try this search of Google: filetype:sql. 266K results. Sob… One file contains the admin password for a WordPress blog as a hash, permitting cracking by brute force. Others are harmless, containing the same information as visible on a website or as a template to distribute software. Others have already been fixed/taken down.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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