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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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 salts have to be random, or just unique and unknown?

First of all, my motive is to avoid storing the salt in the database as plain text. As far as this question is concerned, the salt is not stored in the database. After discussion in comments and in ...
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Looking for example of well-known app using unsalted hashes

Does anyone know of a well-known application that still uses unsalted hashes for password storage? I'm looking for an example for an upcoming lecture on Rainbow Tables, and I think it would add ...
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Aren't password managers still incredibly risky?

I understand the utility in having one application remember a bunch of long, randomized passwords, but all you'd need is one well-placed phishing scam or a keylogger and they get all the keys to the ...
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Is PBKDF2-based System.Cryptology.RFC2898DeriveBytes() “better” for Unicode Password hashing than traditional methods?

When is it appropriate to use RFC2898DeriveBytes versus a typical hash? Update I now understand that a KDF is typically used to create a symmetric key for possible use in encrypting a stream. I ...
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What is the problem with chain hashing?

Let's say that my password is a single character: "a". Couldn't I chain hash it 1000 (or more) times and make it nearly invulnerable to rainbow table attacks and brute force? Why isn't this ...
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Is there any advantage of bcrypt over multiple iterations of SHA-x/MD5?

I know that a good password hashing algorithm should be slow. MD5, SHA256, etc. are fast. So I've been adding multiple iterations of SHA-256 hashing to my web apps (around 50000). Getting the hash of ...
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Generating an unguessable token for confirmation e-mails

I'm generating a token to be used when clicking on the link in a verification e-mail. I plan on using uniqid() but the output will be predictable allowing an attacker to bypass the confirmation e-...
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how long does it take to actually generate rainbow tables?

I've been reading up about rainbow tables as I think they're quite interesting cause they're actually a pretty simple concept. Anyway, I was wondering, has anyone been involved in actually generating ...
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OpenSSH default/preferred ciphers, hash, etc for SSH2

When using OpenSSH server (sshd) and client (ssh), what are all of the default / program preferred ciphers, hash, etc. (security related) and their default options (such as key length)? So, what are ...
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How can Microsoft validate a shorter password on Microsoft accounts (MSDN)?

I recently ran across this when logging into MSDN. (I saw this screen after typing my initial credentials.) I have a 20+ digit password, however there's apparently a new requirement for Microsoft ...
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Why should I hash passwords?

I've read that every good web application should hash passwords. I found many articles about hashing. So I started implementing hashing on my website and then I asked myself why should I do it? When a ...
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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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Does truncating the cryptographic hash make it impossible to crack?

I store password hashes in their full value for example, $h = sha256('foo') outputs 64 characters: 2c26b46b68ffc68ff99b453c1d30413413422d706483bfa0f98a5e886266e7ae I store that directly in the ...
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Is it a good idea to store Email addresses as hash only?

I am currently building a web service at http://write-math.com similar to http://detexify.kirelabs.org/ that should help users to get LaTeX code from drawn formulae. It is part of my bachelors thesis ...
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How do we estimate the time taken to crack a hash using brute force techniques

A German hacker famously managed to brute force crack a 160 bit SHA1 hash with passwords between 1 to 6 digits in 49 minutes. Now keeping everything constant (hardware, cracking technique - here brute-...
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How can I check the integrity of the downloaded files?

I know we use hash functions to check for the integrity of the files etc... but my question is how can we check for the integrity of the files being downloaded from some server?
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Is it possible to detect password length from hash? Does doubling your password add more security?

Assuming a service doesn't store a plain text password, am I right in saying that the answer to this question depends on the service? On a bad service, the hash length is related to the password ...
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Securing a JavaScript Single Page App with RESTful backend

I'm currently in the process of building a JavaScript SPA and have been researching how to secure it. There is currently as RESTful API that is being completely interacted with through AJAX. We also ...
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How does hashing work?

I have been interested in Information Security. I was recently introduced to the idea of hashing. What I currently understand about hashing is that it takes the password a user enters. Then it ...
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Does anybody not store salts?

We talked about password hashing and salting in class today. Our professor had a very different understanding of the use case of salts from mine and said that you might not store the salt at all and ...
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Security Review - password_hash implementation for PHP

I'm currently working on a "helper function" for PHP's core to make password hashing more secure and easier for the majority of developers. Basically, the goal is to make it so easy, that it's harder ...
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Convincing my manager to use salts

My manager says we don't need to salt our passwords because people are not likely to use the same password because they all have different native languages, in addition to the websites they are active ...
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Are salted SHA-256/512 hashes still safe if the hashes and their salts are exposed?

Scenario: a database of hashed and and salted passwords, including salts for each password, is stolen by a malicious user. Passwords are 6-10 chars long and chosen by non-technical users. Can this ...
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What are the realistic, and most secure crypto for Symmetric, Asymmetric, Hash, Message Authentication Code ciphers?

I'm interested in updating this two pronged question for 2011: What cryptology is most appropriate for low-powered devices (such as a cellphone), and yet still effective? What cryptology is most ...
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Why AES is not used for secure hashing, instead of SHA-x?

As far as I understand, AES is believed to be extremely secure. (I have read somewhere that it would certainly not be broken in the next 20 years, but I am still not sure if the author was serious.) ...
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Why are GPUs so good at cracking passwords?

What is it about GPUs that lets them crack passwords so quickly? It seems like the driving force behind adopting good key-derivation functions for passwords (bcrpyt, PBKDF2, scrypt) instead of ...
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“Real” Salt and “Fake” Salt

During a Q&A period at DEFCON this year, one member of the audience mentioned that we're using "fake salt" when concatenating a random value and a password before hashing. He defined "real salt" ...
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Why are MD5 and SHA-1 still used for checksums and certificates if they are called broken?

I was just reading about SSL/TLS stuff, and according to this site (which is rated as A by Qualys SSL Labs), MD5 is totally broken, and SHA-1 is cryptographically weak since 2005. And yet, I noticed ...
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Is it fundamentally possible to validate that an unmodified version of your client connects to your server?

I'm cross posting this question from Programmers.SE because I think it's equally on-topic here and would like to pose the question to this community as well. This seems like a programming question ...
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Timing attacks on password hashes

Timing attacks can have a devastating impact in scenarios where the secret is involved, often in cases where byte-wise array comparison is used. Now there are those that advertise using constant ...
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Why is client-side hashing of a password so uncommon?

There are very few websites that hash the users password before submitting it to the server. Javascript doesnt even have support for SHA or other algorithms. But I can think of quite a few advantages, ...
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How bad is it to truncate a hash?

I'm wondering how bad it is to truncate a SHA1 and only compare, say, the first 10/12 bytes, etc. I'm working with a fixed length of 8 bytes that I need to hash for uniqueness but store with the ...
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MD5 collision attacks: are they relevant in password hashing?

DISCLAIMER: This is not an endorsement of MD5 as a password hashing function. I know about parallelization, GPUs, and dedicated password hashing functions like bcrypt and scrypt. With that out of ...
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Content hashes to help protect resources being fetched from a CDN

During a conversation in The DMZ, it was suggested that an SHA256 hash could be used to check that content being delivered from a CDN hasn't changed before being executed, similar to how Kim Dotcom's ...
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Does verifying identity by positions in passwords mean passwords are stored unhashed? [duplicate]

If authentication occurs by asking the user for the characters at certain positions in the password (such as: give the 3rd and 7th character in the password), does this imply that passwords are stored ...
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The AES Crypt implementation hashes a password 8192 times to generate the key. Is this necessary?

I'm considering encrypting some small files (hundreds of kb apiece) using the AES Crypt reference implementation. Looking at the source, it seems that the encryption key is derived from the IV and the ...
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Whats the difference between MAC vs hash

What is the difference between the two algorithms? One difference that I know of, is that MAC is keyed and hash is not.
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Does symmetric encryption provide data integrity?

Let's say I have one server that encrypts a file with a symmetric key, e.g. AES-CBC, and sends it to clients that decrypt it. Does that provide data integrity when decrypted? Or is it possible for ...
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What are the most common password salting methods?

I learned that the Sun guys used the login name as salt for password hashing. Is this a common approach? What are the most common salt values?
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Perfectly Robust Hashing Scheme, or Completely Over-Engineered?

This is going to get long, so prepare. Basis of the question is, Do all these steps improve security, or am I completely overthinking the problem? Are my assumptions/thought process valid? We all ...
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Why does Facebook bother comparing old and new passwords?

An answer to this question says Facebook generates a bunch of password guesses to see if they hash the same as a previous version of the password. Why bother? If a service forces every password to ...
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How big should salt be?

I will be using scrypt to store passwords in my application. As such, I'll be using SHA-256 and Salsa20 crypto primitives (with PBKDF2). Having that in mind, how big salt should I use? Should it be ...
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How to replace an old password hashing method with a newer one in software? [duplicate]

The software that our company builds just went through a security audit. The auditors flagged our use of MD5 for hashing passwords that users can set if they want a password on their files. Having ...
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At what point does adding more iterations to PBKDF2 provide no extra security?

If my true passphrase is used only to generate a hash which is used as the cipher's actual key, doesn't that mean it's possible to try and brute force the cipher itself? I know it would take an ...
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How can I extract the hash inside an encrypted PDF file?

As long as I know, the encrypted PDF files don't store the decryption password within them, but a hash asociated to this password. When auditing security, a good attemp to break PDF files passwords ...
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General purpose slow/unique hash routine for dup checking of private data, without storing the data itself?

I am wondering if there is a percentage of uniqueness known to be lost with every repeat of various hash routines, like MD5, SHA1, and how that might compare with other algorithms. If theoretically I ...
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Why is password hashing considered so important?

After reading this article, I can see the benefits of password hashing as a second layer of defence, in the event of an intruder gaining access to a password database. What I still don't understand is ...
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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. ...