allowable characters in passwords

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at
Tue May 5 13:31:09 EDT 2009

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On 5/5/09 11:24 AM, Ethan Blanton wrote:
> Peter Saint-Andre spake unto us the following wisdom:
>> After changing someone's password at the IM service (yes, I
>> handle lost-password requests), I noticed that Pidgin will not accept
>> certain characters in passwords (the sticking point this time was "+").
>> Does Pidgin allow only [a-zA-Z0-9] or somesuch?
> I don't see anything in the code that suggests this ... what do you
> mean by "will not accept"?

I changed this person's pw to some long hash, where the hash included
the "+" character in the middle. I could log in as this person using
Psi, but he could not log in with Pidgin. He reported the error as this:

> Could not establish a connection with the server:
> Error resolving Jabber: 11001

Once I changed the pw again to remove the "+", he was able to log in.
However, I also shortened the pw from 27 to 18 characters while I was at
it, so that might have been the issue.

He also experienced this problem in Gajim and Jabbim.


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