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Retrieve instead of reset password (5 posts)

  1. benjiw
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Is there a way for a user to retrieve his or her CURRENT password via email rather than reset it to the random new password?

    Thanks much for any help.

  2. Robert Chapin
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    WordPress does not save passwords. You could redesign the registration and login systems to do that though. It's totally possible.

  3. stvwlf
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    The reason its not possible is WordPress stores passwords encrypted with MD5 and there is not a way to unencrypt them. Thus they have to be reset. The user can change the updated password back to the original password after they are back in the system.

  4. Passwords are hashed in the database, so it's easier to reset the password and then change it to something else in WordPress Dashboard/users/Profile. Resetting Your Password « WordPress Codex.

  5. benjiw
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    that's dumb... seems like an unnecessarily complicated process. A number of secure sites allow the ability to retrieve a current password rather than reset it to a complicated string.

    Oh well; thanks for your help anyway.

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