Can I use ext ascii chars in ftp password?


#1

hi. I read the news about changing the ftp pw for a possible security breach, ok, no problem, things that happen.

I use passpack.com to manage my passwords and I’m very happy with it (disclosure: they are friends and I worked for them).

passpack has a “suggest password” functionality (I guess similar to the one dreamhost offer in the ftp web control panel). with this functionality I can choose the lenght and the set of characters to be used for the suggested password. for my new ftp pw I choosed to use extended ascii characters also (§, ê, « etc.).

trying an ftp connection I obtained an error message that said that maybe login data could not be used because they contained ext ascii chars. on the other hand I read on dreamhost web panel that it may take 15 minutes for the new pw to take effect, so maybe it’s just too early.

I could use an “easier” pw scheme, but I’m fond of long, twisty, ext ascii pw.

can I use them for my dh ftp account? thanks.


#2

Using an FTP password with non-ASCII characters is technically possible, but it’s unlikely to work correctly with all FTP clients. I’d recommend against it.


#3

thanks Andrew.

at the moment an ftp login with extended ascii chars seems to work fine with filezilla on a windows machine. should I use other clients/machines I’ll remember to check.

thanks again.