General usability question which I feel has intuitive security roots.
Looking up the WEP key for my current wifi network is a task I very frequently have to perform; from telling LAN-party friends to getting a new computer on the network.
Despite the frequency I have to query this information, it is not intuitive to find on any system.
On Ubuntu, for example, clicking the wifi icon at the top right part of the screen yields a drop down with a "connection information" icon on it. This menu shows every piece of information I could possibly care to know about my connection except the WEP key. I have to navigate through the edit connections menu and 2 more tabs to find it.
Windows 10 takes 5 menus to finally find it.
Android phones prevent you from accessing it unless you have special admin privileges on the phone. Users don't have these by default.
OSX makes you re-enter your admin credentials to find it.
Surely a piece of information so frequently required by a system's own user should be intuitive to locate; click on wifi icon, read out WEP-key. I feel like the general user opens the wifi tab for two reasons; either connecting to a new network, or trying to get their friends on a network they themselves are already on.
And it's not exactly critical; I'm already logged in to the network. Are there any quotes / blogs / conferences etc... that explain why this piece of information is obscured from users who are already on the network?