Do you think this is a security risk and if not is it a bad UI decision?

Reartes Guillermo rtguille at
Fri May 3 20:08:27 UTC 2013

I think that the previous behaviour was better. (covering the password with

At least the phones only show one character at a time, not the whole


On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 5:04 PM, Dan Mashal <dan.mashal at> wrote:

> Hi,
> In the latest Fedora 19 Beta TC2 install after I got through the
> initial steps of the install I started to setup my root password.
> To my surprise my password was shown in plain text instead of bullets.
> I believe that this is a major security risk and that this is a new UI
> change going forward and this is not a bug.
> Do you think this is a good idea?
> What if you are installing and someone is looking over your shoulder
> and you don't know about this new "UI improvement"?
> Someone would see a password that you may or may not often use whether
> it's secure or not.
> Even if someone watched you type the password or recorded it with a
> camera, that would be harder to decrypt than just showing it in plain
> text while you type it in to anaconda.
> In addition, it was stated that this is becoming a "popular" UI
> enhancement but there was no documentation provided as to where this
> is popular. In my experience you would click on an icon next to the
> dialog box if you wanted to see the password. This is what is becoming
> popular. Not showing it as plain text while you type.
> Thoughts?
> Dan
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