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Around IT in 256 seconds

39 EpisodesProduced by Tomasz NurkiewiczWebsite

Podcast for developers, testers, SREs... and their managers.I explain complex and convoluted technologies in a clear way, avoiding buzzwords and hype.Never longer than 4 minutes and 16 seconds.Because software development does not require hours of lectures, dev advocates' slide decks and hand waving… read more


#33: OAuth 2.0

OAuth 2.0 is a standardized authorization protocol. In this episode, I’ll explain just one use case of it: the authorization code flow. It allows server-side application to act on behalf of a user of another service. For example, a 3rd party application can post on Twitter on your account. Historically, to do this, this application must have had your Twitter credentials stored. Not only you had to reveal your Twitter password, but also that application must store it in plain text. Such an approach has multiple flaws. First of all, if the application is not entirely honest, it can now do anything on your behalf. Including changing your password and stealing your online account. But even if you trust the 3rd party application, it can still be hacked. Your password, together with thousands or millions of others, is compromised.

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