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Log Bad Passwords

March 6th, 2013

Capture the bad passwords your users type. Learn and track what bad passwords your valid users are entering into login screens.

One day, while trying to remember which password I used to log into my Google account, it occurred to me that Google could easily track bad passwords and associate them to a particular user. With this information, along with the rest of what Google knows about us, they could easily gain access to other accounts and services.

So, I wrote this pair of plugins to provide this capability to Joomla administrators. Because this plugin only stores bad passwords, storing clear text passwords isn’t exactly a security risk because they’re known bad. When a user changes his or her password to one that is already in the stored list, that password is cleared from the list.

The list appears on the user edit screen in administrator and nowhere else. Administrators also have the option of clearing the list for individual users. Additionally, the plugin can be configured to store bad passwords for the frontend, the backend and to exclude specific groups from bad password storage.

Use is easy.

1. Install the package.
2. Enable both plugins.
3. Configure the User – Log Bad Passwords plugin to set where it should run, and what group restrictions should be enabled.

This package was an experiment, to determine if it could be safely built. I wouldn’t suggest running it on public sites because it may expose the passwords your users use on other sites.

Something happened to stop the plugin operation between Joomla 2.5.3 and 2.5.4. Users experiencing issues should update to the latest version.

Version 1.2 – update to fix error introduced in J3.0.2

4/26/2012 – Joomla 1.6/1.7 availability and support withdrawn.

All of my extensions are free and none of my extensions display advertisements or links to my sites or services. If you feel that I have blessed you, then you can bless me by making a contribution to fund future development. Visit the “Website” link to make a contribution.