…after creating an account with the password ‘ДДДДДДДД’, I was able to successfully log in by typing ‘簡簡簡簡簡簡簡簡,’ as well as ‘ႤႤႤႤႤႤႤႤ’, ‘©©©©©©©©’. It turns out that any string of exactly 8 characters whose unicode code point is >= 128 will be accepted.So what does that mean for you?
It does not affect most of our users – If you are not using non-Latin characters for your password, there is nothing to do (see wikipedia for more information on the characters that are not affected – US-ASCII). If you do use characters that are non-Latin, you should reset your password to ensure it is updated to fully support these special characters.
Tom also notes that, to help address the problem, “when a person logs in with a non-ascii char in password, we prompt them to reset.” Read up for more details over at Gawker Tech.
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