A hash algorithm is a function which takes a variable size input and produces a fixed size output. The algorithm tries to make it difficult to predict the output for a given input, find two inputs with the same output, or reconstruct the input from the output.

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How to give “Forgot password” option for a password encrypted file?

I have created a utility that encrypts a file (.txt, .dox, so on...). The utility asks for a password from user at the time of file encryption. Problem Suppose a user has created 1000 encrypted ...
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NTLM/LM Hashes on Domain Controller

I've noticed that when extracting password hashes from a domain controller (using Elcomsoft proactive password auditor) sometimes I'll get LM and NTLM hashes and other times I'll only get NTLM hashes. ...
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What does GUID have, that a Whirlpool, MD5 or SHA-2 hash don't?

I'm trying to understand the use of GUID and what has always left me wondering is what's so special about them that I should consider using them instead of rolling my own type of unique ID. In other ...
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Key length and hash function in PBKDF2

On this page: http://www.ruby-doc.org/stdlib-2.0/libdoc/openssl/rdoc/OpenSSL/PKCS5.html they make a statement that strikes me as rather weird: Key Length Specifies the length in bytes of ...
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Can a salted hash be an effective MAC?

An HMAC is basically a "keyed hash". Only the correct message and the correct key will produce a particular hash digest efficiently. Conceptually speaking, the same can be said for a salted hash; ...
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What's the point of using multiple checksum algorithm with “aide”?

In aide the author offers more than one hash algorithm to do the check-sum, why is that? Aren't a single one, i.e sha512 enough for determining file changes? I believe these algorithms are all ...
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PCI-DSS and salt storage

PCI-DSS states the following: 3.5 Protect any keys used to secure cardholder data against disclosure and misuse I have a service which stores a salted bcrypt hash of the user's PAN. Assuming the ...
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Does the hash change the security of the Secure Remote Password protocol?

I'm implementing the Secure Remote Password protocol, and similar to this question, I'm wondering if I can use the SHA-512 hash function instead of SHA-1 currently being used. Would this help improve ...
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What are the implications of omitting the username in Secure Remote Password's verifier?

I consider implementing a Secure Remote Password (SRP-6a) verifier that omits the username from the x key hash. The intention is to allow authentication with multiple alternate user identifiers such ...
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BlackBerry client authenticating to Java Web Service

I already asked this question at StackOverflow here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4970681/blackberry-app-security and was directed to this site, can anyone pitch in as to how I can solve this ...
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Incrementing Work-Factor of Hash Functions Over Time

For a long time hash functions have required a work-factor in order to keep the operation "slow" enough to protect individual passwords in the case of a database leak. Bcrypt and PBKDF2 being notable ...
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Are there any known MD5 hash collisions of messages of different length?

All the examples of MD5 hash collisions I've come across comprise two different messages (inputs) of the same length. The first and second messages have different values for a number of bits and the ...
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Does salt increase security if there is only a single hashed password?

Say there is only a single hashed password in the passwords file. If it was salted, would that make it more secure? My logic is: Yes because SALT helps protect against rainbow tables and dictionary ...
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Question regarding MAC and encryption

I was reading the chosen answer to the following question - "MAC vs Encryption" They say that just using encryption, "an attacker could alter the ciphertext to make it say something else when ...
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“MAC function must resist existential forgery under chosen-plaintext attacks”, what does that mean?

While reading about MAC (Message Authentication Code) I have faced this sentence: MAC function must resist existential forgery under chosen-plaintext attacks but I got confused. What does ...
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Is there any reason for using private key 2 times when creating security hash?

One of the payment solutions for the websites provides the following way of creating security hash for payment link: hash = sha1(private_key + payment_params_json + private_key); Is there any ...
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Is it unsafe to have hashes of parts of a private string

We have string B and the hashes hash(P+B), hash(P); is it possible for P to be revealed easier using this information than having hash(P) ? What is the difference ? Any links to articles or any ...
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Keepass Dictionary Attack Protection Strategy

Though pretty interested, I'm everything but an expert in Information Security, please redirect me to any helpful resources if my question is stupid or correct me if my assumptions are wrong. When ...
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Why use PBKDF2 over multiple iterations of a another cryptographic hash function?

People often recommend PBKDF2 over using hash functions directly, but typically they compare PBKDF2 to a single unsalted hash. What advatages are there to using PBKDF2 over multiple iterations of a ...
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How does my bank knows my second and forth chars of my password [duplicate]

I see that the new login mechanism used by some banks in UK and also used by visa debit authentication is to ask for three random characters from your password at login (for example second, ninth and ...
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Finding out whether a website uses unsalted MD5 for password hashing

I'm working on a project where websites are analyzed and rated according to password security (factors like min/max password length, alphabet size and more are then calculated into a score). A great ...
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How to ensure two messages are from the same party

I need to verify that two messages, that came over distinct channels, come from the same origin: without knowing anything about the origin beforehand the channels are one-way, only one message may ...
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Why are MD5 collisions dangerous?

I understand that the MD5 algorithm isn't collision resistant, and that collisions between data of arbitrary size can be found with more efficient methods than brute-forcing. However, I have read ...
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Fixing the high-bit problem in PHP's crypt() implementation

I'm working on a site that has to have compatibility with older versions of PHP, which suffer from a high-bit issue in the Blowfish crypt() implementation. Essentially, non-ASCII characters are not ...
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How big is the risk of hash fixed points/cycles?

It's established wisdom to hash password multiple times with a salt to increase the time it takes per brute force iteration. At the same time (unless the algorithm guarantees otherwise) there's a ...
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Is there a better way to take advantage of current 'approved', 'proven', and memory/cpu-expensive algorithms while using salts and peppers?

I've read about the concepts presented in these two questions: Pre-hash password before applying bcrypt to avoid restricting password length Would it make sense to use Bcrypt and PBKDF2 together? I ...
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How to know if its the same User?

I asked a question awhile ago asking how to make an efficient encrypted chatroom. What I ended up doing was Making each user generate a 4096 bit RSA KeyPair, share their public Keys, and then one of ...
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Implementing brute force attacks on hash values in Javascript

I'm working for my bachelor thesis at the end of which I aim to implement a proof-of-concept Javascript-based hash cracker. The idea is to work like this: Users can submit a hash value along with ...
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Hash/Digest of string; multiple clients and reverse lookup must be impossible

Ok so i need a technique (could be a system or just an algorithm) to generate a hash/digest of a string on a client app without me (admin of a server app) being able to determine what the original ...
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Can I generate a random 32 bit key by using the Java hashCode and random English words?

I want to generate and communicate a 32 bit key to Bob over a phone conversation. I know he happens to have the same Java and OS installed as I have. Suppose I have a dictionary of 100,000 (English) ...
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Best way to hash passwords in PHP 5.3.5

What is the best way to hash passwords in PHP 5.3.5? Since in this version doesn't have password_hash().
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Is hashing schema information for client when generating SQL queries more secure?

I'm planning to implement a web system wherein APIs and presentation for CRUD in data tables are automatically generated, like that in phpMyAdmin. How I plan to implement this is to construct SQL ...
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Truncating hash output for a unique ID

This seems like a common question, but my knowledge on hashing is very limited, so I'm looking for a more ELI5-type answer. I would appreciate if someone could help me with my questions Some ...
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PBKDF2 strong salt for client-side hashing

What should I use as a secure/strong salt for PBKDF2 hashing when salt is not available to use before login as it will be client-side javascript to hash user+pass with PBKDF2 ? I'm going to use ...
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TrueCrypt VS LUKS Bruteforce Resilience

I have been researching LUKS vs TrueCrypt topics -- my only concern is security, but most of the discussions I see focus around usability / interoperability . I know TrueCrypt has a bunch of nice ...
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How to best to secure data over HTTPS

My aim is to have an (iOS) app in which the user would login, then on sucsessful login, gain access to additional information over an encrypted webservice (undecided). From research, I understanding ...
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Is it ever safe to publish hashed data?

I'm having a friendly debate with someone who thinks that a website can safely make public sensitive data about it's users as long as that data is hashed (don't ask why, it's a long and hypothetical ...
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How secure is the PwdHash algorithm and system?

I use the PwdHash service (http://crypto.stanford.edu/PwdHash/) and plugins for pretty much all of my passwords. I believe this is safer because: No service gets the same password as another, so if ...
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I've heard that salt is not meant to be secret, but what if I made it secret? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Password Hashing add salt + pepper or is salt enough? How to store salt? Ok I have been studying a lot about password hashing lately. And I have a few questions. So I ...
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Cookie based session variables

I have a situation in which I cannot use a server-side session, but must allow users to log in, and for their logged in state to be persistent between queries. As with anything that involves crypto ...
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How to detect mimikatz usage on LAN

My boss is has made it clear that we need better ways of detecting mimikatz usage on the network- and I would agree. In place already for detection is suricata/ET PRO rule set on a couple of taps. ...
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Is signing android apk file with SHA1 digest secure enough?

Google command line example for signing apk files: $ jarsigner -verbose -sigalg SHA1withRSA -digestalg SHA1 -keystore my-release-key.keystore my_application.apk alias_name source: ...
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Use password to calculate checksum for API requests

I was wondering if it would be an effective way of securing an API by requiring all requests to be checksummed, salted with the users password (or a hashed version)? With securing I mean making it ...
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Challenge: How to find the secret key in homebrew MAC/keyed hash: sha1(key + cookie)?

I am trying to solve a security challenge on a website. Basically, the website computes sha1(key + cookie) to sign a cookie so that the user can't change it himself, and to accomplish the goal you ...
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activate user account through email

I see a lot of people say to hash for the token on email verification when dealing with member registration. I am wondering, if the email token is only to activate the account and nothing else, ...
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What is the difference between a hash table and a rainbow table, and how are they both used?

Is there much of a difference between the two tables? Can you get one from the other? (i.e. hash -> rainbow) How do they work? Are there different variables (in reference to speed, strength, ...
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Securely storing passwords using PHP5

Starting note: After going through some articles and answers posted on SO related to storing secured passwords I'm still not sure whether my way of thinking is applicable to todays reality. I'm ...
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Why there is a signed hash in Certificate request (.csr file)?

I wonder why there is a hash signed by private key in the CSR? It does prove that I have the private key that belongs to the public key in the .csr. But who cares whether I actually do possess the ...
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Are credit card number look ups more secure with a hash function than with a deterministic encryption algorithm?

I understand PCI DSS 3.0 allows hashes of cardnumbers to be stored separately from encrypted values, but I'm startled at the efficiency of tools like hashcat in discovering card numbers from hashed ...
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Feeding PBKDF2 to SRP verifier creation

There is an older game that solely uses UDP to communicate, and I wanted to add password authentication to the game to facilitate things like experience points and rankings. To this end, I decided to ...