[LON-CAPA-users] student forget passwords

Guy Albertelli II lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Tue, 7 Sep 2004 15:54:46 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Mike,

> We are having a slight problem with students who change and then forget 
> their password.  As I understand it, only domain coordinators (and not 
> course coordinators) have the power to reset passwords and no one has the 
> power to look up a current password.  Is this correct?


> Would it not be good if.. ?
> 1) course coordinators could forbid some (or all) students from changing 
> their password.

Possible, but generally not a good idea since users should be changing
their passwords for the most part.

> 2) course coordinators could reset passwords for their own course (after 
> all, should not a course coordinator be able to deal with all issues 
> pertaining to their own course?)

This is under discussion here:

> 3) the domain coordinator could look up current passwords (or at the very 
> least, check when, if, and by whom a password has been reset) in order to 
> be able to reply to students who claim they never altered their password.

As the way the system currently works, there is no way of knowing what
the password is, all passwords internal passwords are currently
one-way hashed and the password is never stored anywhere in the clear.

> P.S. anyone have an answer to my earlier query re: formatting hardcopy of 
> Homework sets?

Aye. I'll get on it.

guy@albertelli.com  LON-CAPA Developer  0-7-3-4-