Mechanize 2.4 Security Fix
The Mechanize library is used for automating interaction with websites. Mechanize automatically stores and sends cookies, follows redirects, and can follow links and submit forms. Form fields can be populated and submitted. Mechanize also keeps track of the sites that you have visited as a history.
Mechanize#auth and Mechanize#basic_auth allowed disclosure of passwords to malicious servers and have been deprecated.
In prior versions of mechanize only one set of HTTP authentication credentials were allowed for all connections. If a mechanize instance connected to more than one server then a malicious server detecting mechanize could ask for HTTP Basic authentication. This would expose the username and password intended only for one server.
Mechanize#auth and Mechanize#basic_auth now warn when used.
To fix the warning switch to Mechanize#add_auth which requires the URI the credentials are intended for, the username and the password. Optionally an HTTP authentication realm or NTLM domain may be provided.
Improved exception messages for 401 Unauthorized responses. Mechanize now tells you if you were missing credentials, had an incorrect password, etc.
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