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From Ulrich Eckhardt <>
Subject Re: Worst Error Message?
Date Mon, 01 Aug 2011 07:47:33 GMT
On Saturday 30 July 2011, Les Mikesell wrote:
> From a security perspective it is a bad idea to tell a network client that
> is doing something you have explicitly denied any of the details of how
> the system is configured to prevent it.  Working correctly is usually a
> yes or no question and this answer is clearly 'no'.

Have you ever been laughing about "General Fault" messages issued by early MS 
Windows systems? You are advocating them as reasonable from a security 
perspective, which could be argued still. From a user perspective though, they 
definitely suck, because they don't help you solve the problem.

> Right, if the system is intentionally set up for read-only access, the user
> should not get a hint about how to work around it, and it won't do them any
> particular good to know if it is denied in the http config, the
> authorization setup, or the filesystem.   Really, what do you need to know
> as an end user besides that your commit was denied?

Let's just state it like this: You are wrong. As per your own communication 
quality ideals, I'm omitting any reason and other specifics in which way you 
are wrong, they aren't necessary anyway.


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