Kasper Grubbe

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Tsohost.com stores passwords in cleartext

Okay, it is 2015, we all know that is it a horrendously bad idea to store passwords in cleartext.

Yet, when I log in to Tsohost’s interface I am greeted with this:

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Ugh! So either they store one version of the password in cleartext, and shows that to the user, or they store the current version of the password.

Fortunately, it is really easy to switch to a new safer password scheme when you are already storing passwords in cleartext.

To recap Jeff Atwood’s post on the subject:

Use bcrypt to store passwords.

And if you want to do it really well, you should probably consider using scrypt instead.

But anything is better than storing passwords in cleartext!

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Teazr, a “secure” dating app with privacy issues

I have to admit, one of my hobbies include watching API implementations and looking at the traffic flow between clients and backend-servers.

Teazr is the new kid on the block in the dating app scene, it is built by three danish guys, and they just recently received $250.000 in funding to take on the american market.

Their goal is to make dating more safe, so when you match with another user, you are forced into taking a picture of yourself, and you will get a picture in return from your match.
They claim that this process is unbreakable, and that this can’t be automated, and because of this their app is free of the robots that haunts their competitors like Tinder.

I wanted to see which kind of data that the app uses, and how it communicates with the backend. I used Charles Web Proxy to intercept the traffic, and the interface looks like this:

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(I have since moved on to use mitmproxy...

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