Dear RIPE: Please don't encourage phishing

Steven Bellovin smb at
Fri Feb 10 16:56:57 UTC 2012

I received the enclosed note, apparently from RIPE (and the headers check out).
Why are you sending messages with clickable objects that I'm supposed to use to
change my password?


From: RIPE_DBannounce at
Subject: Advisory notice on passwords in the RIPE Database
Date: February 9, 2012 1:16:15 PM EST

[Apologies for duplicate e-mails]

Dear Colleagues,

We are contacting you with some advice on the passwords used in the RIPE
Database.  There is no immediate concern and this notice is only advisory.
At the request of the RIPE community, the RIPE NCC recently deployed an
MD5 password hash change.

Before this change was implemented, there was a lot of discussion on the
Database Working Group mailing list about the vulnerabilities of MD5
passwords with public hashes.  The hashes can now only be seen by the user
of the MNTNER object.  As a precaution, now that the hashes are hidden,
we strongly recommend that you change all MD5 passwords used by your MNTNER
objects in the RIPE Database at your earliest convenience.  When choosing
new passwords, make them as strong as possible.

To make it easier for you to change your password(s) we have improved
Webupdates.  On the modify page there is an extra button after the "auth:"
attribute field.  Click this button for a pop up window that will encrypt
a password and enter it directly into the "auth:" field.


There is a RIPE Labs article explaining details of the security changes
and the new process to modify a MNTNER object in the RIPE Database:

We are sending you this email because this address is referenced in the
MNTNER objects in the RIPE Database listed below.

If you have any concerns about your passwords or need further advice please
contact our Customer Services team at ripe-dbm at  (You cannot reply
to this email.)


Denis Walker
Business Analyst
RIPE NCC Database Group

Referencing MNTNER objects in the RIPE Database:

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