The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Monday, January 03, 2022

Back to the saltmine, where all my passwords have expired

It's back to the saltmine (and in this case, “saltmine” is the name of the Corporate issued laptop, not to be confused with the Corporate Overlords' managed laptop, named “Satan”). I check my email only to find half a dozen emails from last week (which nearly everyone at The Corporation had off, including me) saying my password for the Corporate network was expiring and I should change it. I also found half a dozen emails from last week (which nearly everyone at The Overlords' Corporation had off, including me) saying my password for the Corporate Overlords' network was expiring and I should change it (yes, there are two different networks for hysterical reasons). And of course, the two different networks have different password rotation lengths that are timed such that they both expire during vacations. And yet, no matter how many times I point out NIST Special Publication 800-63b, section, which states: “Verifiers SHOULD NOT require memorized secrets to be changed arbitrarily (e.g., periodically),” these stupid password expirations keep happening. I guess I'll have to wait for another few CSOs to rotate through the office before we can finally stop the “Password Changing Dance.”


“What idiot did this? Oh … said idiot is me.”

Not only is “Project: Bradenburg” being built from git, but it seems operations has finally gotten “Project: Seymore” build servers working with git. I decided to check it out and … what the … ? What did they do to the code? Submodules? Outrageous!

I poked a bit deeper, and it turns out, yeah, that idiot was me! I had completely forgotten the eldritch horrors I unleashed nearly two years ago. Oh, is 2022 going to be a fun year …

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