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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Are online hash calculators dangerous?

I was about to use an online MD5 checksum calculator when I realized that my result could be added to a database. This is significant because the string I was going to type in was my bank password. ...
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How should I choose a difficulty factor for my password hashing function?

Assuming that I'm doing password hashing properly and using bcrypt, scrypt or PBKDF2, how should I go about choosing an appropriate difficulty factor? i.e rounds for bcrypt, iterations for PBKDF2 and ...
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Fingerprinting Hash Function

For the purpose of fingerprinting data with the least chance of collision will combining the length (as a 32 bit unsigned integer stored in addition to the hash) of the input data and/or sampling a ...
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Hashed password storage with random salt

Ever since I've been making sites that require a user to log in with a username and password I've always kept the passwords somewhat secure by storing them in my database hashed with a salt phrase. ...
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What pros and cons are there to a one-time random salt between client and server?

In researching on best practices in hashing passwords using a salt I came across a presentation on slideshare. The approach outlined is as follows Client requests login page Server-side code ...
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efficient 16 bit hash [closed]

I'm looking for a way to make a 16bit ID out of approx 100 bits of data. The solution should be easy to implement, or should already be implemented in c++, should be quick to evaluate, and most ...
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In hashing, does it matter how random a salt is?

I recently had a comment made to me in an online discussion after I'd stated that randomness in a salt doesn't matter -- and I got the following response: Salts may not have to be "secure," but ...
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Is AES slower to encrypt than MD5?

Is this the right interperation of this diagram: http://www.cryptopp.com/benchmarks.html AES/CCM MiB/Second:61 Cycles Per Byte:28.6 MD5 MiB/Second:255 Cycles Per Byte:6.8 And does that ...
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Is encrypting a salt value with a password/plaintext a viable alternative to straight up hashing?

The basic problem, as far as I can tell, is that hashing's flaw is that the password is in the hash. Asymmetric encryption's flaw is that the password is encrypted and can be reversed. The posts ...
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Why would salt not have prevented LinkedIn passwords from getting cracked?

In this interview posted on Krebs on Security, this question was asked and answered: BK: I’ve heard people say, you know this probably would not have happened if LinkedIn and others had salted ...
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What is the meaning of 'adaptative' and 'over time it can be made slower' in the context of the bcrypt algorithm?

I'm reading the wikipedia definition about bcrypt but I don't understand the meaning of 'adaptative' and 'over time it can be made slower'. Can someone explain what they mean in this situation?
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Is it possible to increase the cost of BCrypt or PBKDF2 when its already calculated and without the original password?

I just wanted to know if you can increase the cost (iterations) of those two algorithms off-line. I want to increase the cost every year of my users passwords. One solution is to recalculate them ...
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Why do people still use/recommend MD5 if it is cracked since 1996?

It's still commonly recommended way of hashing passwords, even if it's insecurity had been proven in 1996 Therefore we suggest that in the future MD5 should no longer be implemented in ...
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What is a good practical (and sane) way to manage all your passwords for online sites?

I am just a mere mortal that wants to have a somewhat secure way of managing all my passwords. This is something that I have been putting off, but since LinkedIn decided to give away one of my ...
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Do OpenPGP/GnuPG apply slow hash to password when encrypting/decrypting key?

Password space is quiet small. Therefore slow hash should be applied to password before using it for encryption. Should slow hash function (like bcrypt) be applied to password before using it with ...
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Using only password to authenticate user (no “username” field)

I am creating a client access system, to allow manage invoices, make payments, access information about their products and information/functionality alike. Supposedly there are less than 1000 ...
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What is better salted hash or openssl encryption?

Im using php and I was looking to store passwords in a mysql database. I was wondering what would be safer to use a salted hash or openssl encryption? If i use a unique random generated salted hash ...
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Using MD5 for malware ids: collision attack risks?

It has been known since 2004 that the MD5 hash is vulnerable to collision attacks (update - not "preimage" attacks - my mistake....). Yet it still seems that people are using it to identify malware. ...
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Hashing Algorithms on GPU, 32 bit vs 64 bit

I read here in What algorithms are best be cracked by GPU? that, hashing algorithms such as SHA1, SHA224, SHA256 which do 32 bit integer arithmetic and logical operations are better implemented on GPU ...
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HMAC Based Request Signing - Storing the Salt

I'm working on a (non high security) project that currently isn't live but might go live at some point. We have a REST API (implemented using Restlet and Neo4j) running on a server and an Android ...
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Is there repetition in the Solaris 11 hash routine? Can I add some?

Solaris 11 now uses SHA-256, so we can have longer than 8 character passwords now, by default. That is nice. I'll just make it clear that this password is never used as a line of defence. Only a ...
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Can the salt for PBKDF2 be a hash of the user-entered password?

I want to derive a key from a password in a client application that will be used as a master key that decrypts a data key. As far as I understand the salt should be private knowledge. Would it be ...
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Security of GPG encryption with AES and MD5 if MD5 is broken

I have a file encrypted with gpg, using AES256 and MD5. Suppose that the MD5 hash function is broken, but not the AES cipher. Does that make it easy to crack decrypt the file?
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Is there any security risk in storing hashed variations of passwords?

For example, if hypothetically an application requirement was to tell users when their password might have failed because caps-lock was turned on, and hypothetically there was no way for the ...
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Time needed to generate an RSA signature of a document

How does the length of the RSA key and the size of the document affect the time it takes to sign a document using SHA-1 and RSA? I used CrypTool to check it, but the time does not appear to be larger ...
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Is it possible to know the key if we have the original value and the hash using HmacSHA1?

I was wondering if it were possible to know the key if you already know the original value and the hashed result. For example, let's say : `$value` = helloworld `$hmac_key` = 0123456789 `$result` = ...
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Is BCrypt enough when saving a password into a database?

In order to allow users to connect to my website, I encrypt their password using BCrypt since it is one of the slowest algorithms to decrypt (making a compromised database longer to be decrypted). ...
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Why is the diffusion property important in hash functions

I have always heard that A change in just one bit of the original text shall change half of the bits of its hash. I think this property is called the diffusion property. However, I wonder why ...
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Stripping / appending characters from user password before hashing to conceal it forever?

I had this idea to permanently conceal user password by requiring minimum length then stripping certain characters. For example if the user password is secret123, the system will strip it down to ...
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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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Bank account number and account holder in check exposed?

I'm not sure if this is standard practice in all banking institutions but almost all banks where I've received checks the account number of the issuer is exposed (some even the account name). Isn't ...
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Why is using salt more secure?

Storing the hash of users' passwords, e.g. in a database, is insecure since human passwords are vulnerable to dictionary attacks. Everyone suggests that this is mitigated via the use of salts, but the ...
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Encrypting IP addresses in a MySQL database

I'd like to encrypt IP addresses in my MySQL database, with the following constraints: Does not need to be resistant to attackers that can execute queries. Must be resistant to attackers that have ...
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How to check for a key *and* store encrypted data?

I wish to create a system wherein I store encrypted data. Users can access this data if they have the key. If they give a wrong key, they don't get access at all. If they give the right key, they get ...
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Authenticated Encryption vs. contained and encrypted checksum/hash?

So I read through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authenticated_encryption and http://www.cryptopp.com/wiki/Authenticated_Encryption and I don't seem to be following the concept. From the simple ...
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Does repeating one word to form a password result in a similar pattern in its encrypted format?

If i use a single word to form a password by repeating it like the examples below: securesecuresecuresecuresecuresecure SeCuReSeCuReSeCuReSeCuReSeCuReSeCuReSeCuRe ...
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Hashing length for storing password

Does larger hash size improve the security? Is it overkill to use 512 bit hash? If I stored only 256 bits of the PBKDF2-SHA512 derived key, is it less, equal or more safe than 256 bits of ...
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What algorithms can be used for device pairing?

I am to implement a system where android devices connect to a central server and have to register with different user accounts, so I have decided to create a pairing dance similar to what can be ...
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Securing communication

The problem: I have an open-source client (a Firefox add-on written in JavaScript) and a server containing somewhat sensible user information: username and user history (all from YouTube). The client ...
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What's the practical limit for rainbow-table based bruteforce?

Say we have a hash of a password. The password can be considered to be made of of totally random characters and has a fixed length of N. The hash is SHA1(password+salt), where the salt is of length M. ...
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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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How to decrypt LDAP passwords Hashed as MD5? [closed]

I am doing a penetration test, and i would like to know if i can decrypt passwords stored in LDAP. i tried some sites decrypt MD5 , they give me error message tells that the input is not MD5. Could ...
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Is it secure to have one salt or generate and send it over the air?

To authorize user I'm sending salted hash over the air. My question it is more secure to obtain randomly generated salt (but send unencrypted), or have one salt on client (desktop application) and ...
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Password security in databases - today still best practice? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which password hashing method should I use? There are a ton of great posts about password security in databases on stack overflow and on other sites and as I am ...
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How to implement WSS UsernameToken when password on the server is salted and hashed?

I'm currently trying to write a web service for customer and requirement is to use WS Security. On their server side, they have passwords stored as SHA-1(salt+password). According to WSS spec, ...
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Definitely safest password storage scheme?

I already asked this on StackOverflow but I was suggested this would be a better suited place and I found no way to "move" the question so I have to copy it. Believe, I know, there are hundreds ...
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What is the difference between a Hash Function and a Cryptographic Hash Function?

I mean, is it just a matter of "how difficult is it to reverse the function with the current technology"? Or is there a mathematical concept or property that makes them different? If it is a matter ...
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DNS queries with hex string that is a SHA1 of a domain name! Is it a malware?

My computer does a lot of queries to strange domains such as: 56cea5c2b408989ab067adcb787d0f99209bbe07.mydomain.com The strange thing is that 56cea5c2b408989ab067adcb787d0f99209bbe07 is the SHA1 of ...
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Why are hash functions one way? If I know the algorithm, why can't I calculate the input from it?

Why can't a password hash be reverse engineered? I've looked into this ages ago and have read lots on it, but I can't find the explanation of why it can't be done. An example will make it easier to ...
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“Double hashing” with 2 different hash functions

Is doing something like this sha256(sha512(password+salt)) Less secure then just doing sha256(password+salt) I've heard it will increase collision chances. I can think of 3 reasons to do this ...