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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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Protect against malicious client with key derivation function (PBKDF2)?

Consider a protocol that allows clients to retrieve XML "forms" from a server. Forms are identified by a unique, randomly generated form ID that is embedded in the form. Clients fill out the form and ...
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What are the differences between dictionary attack and brute force attack?

Can someone explain the major differences between a Brute force attack and a Dictionary attack. Does the term rainbow table has any relation with these?
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Secure log in without sending plain test to server

I know this question asked so many times, but here I am again with it. I am working on an application in which I need to log-in users but the question is it is not a good Idea to send user credentials ...
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Is there a strong reason to salt and hash passwords when password reuse is not an issue?

I am dealing with a system (in development) that uses randomly generated (not user provided), unique, strings to authenticate services that will consuming an API. Right now, these strings are stored ...
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Why secure encrypted data consistency by strong hashing?

Consider the SSH protocol: the SSH packet is like [data, SHA1(data)]. The packet is entirely encrypted by a block cipher. The question is, why do we need a strong hash to protect the packet ...
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How safe is to secure sensitive content by URL with MD5 hash and no other authorization?

Suppose we have website that use MD5 hash in URL like this: http://somewebsite.com/XXX/ where XXX is MD5 hash. Content of this website may have sensitive information like transaction details with ...
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Trying to understand why signatures in root certs “are not used”?

Taken from here: Don't worry if the root certificate uses SHA1; signatures on roots are not used (and Chrome won't warn about them. Why are the signatures not used? Are not root certificates ...
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Is my Password Hashing Secure or not?

I have recently created a code for hashing password. Can you please give your advice over the security of my code? The function takes a password, then converts it to a number. #include <string> ...
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Using random number to salt passwords

in a project I have, I'm salting passwords with 3 salts at the moment... Static salt - hard-coded into the source-code. Randomly generated salt (using a function designed for generating password ...
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Idea for an algorithm to authenticate users with zero-knowledge-proof [need thoughts/review]

I have an idea for an algorithm. I don't know if I made any mistakes and need some extra thoughts/peer review on it. This would work as an (almost)zero knowledge proof for sending passwords that can ...
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Is there any way possible that a Digital certificate is issued by admin on wireless channel?

I want that an admin who is working in a wireless environment have to issue digital certificate to the node, who wants to register itself with the network. this certificate will be used by user to ...
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Authenticate User Salted Hash Without Username

I've got a page with a login system where you type your username and password, the salted hash gets pulled down from the database depending on the username ... SELECT hash FROM db WHERE username = ? ...
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Why is the brute force search time for hashing algorithms 2^(num_bits / 2)?

I noticed that the brute force times (the time it takes to find a message that hashes to a given hash) of various hashing algorithms seems to be 2^(num_bits / 2). For example, people say that brute ...
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HMAC secret key for securing communication - how to keep private on DB

I have a mobile app that communicates to server over HTTPS. To authenticate the client and to make sure its who I believe it is, I return upon successful signup (apart from the username) a secret API ...
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What hash version is implemented on ThePirateBay.se? SHA-1 or MDA-5? [closed]

I downloaded a File Checksum Utility executable file from Microsoft. This tool is for checking the hash of a file. I'm wondering what is the version of the "Info Hash" section on the torrent site ...
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client side and server side hash password [duplicate]

Another question about client or server side password hashing, I know. After reading many other post about this topic I'm still a little confused and not completely sure what is the best, because I ...
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What is “c/s” in context of hash cracking?

I was reading hashcat's About page, and the stats are listed in terms of c/s....is that "Cracks per seconds"....the 'c' part seems wrong, I'm just guessing. What is 'c'?
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Good way to make a secure token for logged out users

I work for a firm that has a marketplace on the web. We want to make a link with a token that stops an ad on the marketplace without the user being logged in. Someone suggested that we make a token ...
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Is hashing the hash considered an extra level of security [duplicate]

As in md5(md5(md5(x)))... I can remember coming across that in some piece of code. If the attacker can somehow reverse md5(md5(md5(x))) into md5(md5(x)) then he certainly can reverse md5(md5(x)) into ...
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Do hashes repeat themselves?

I am not sure how hashing works exactly, all I know it is impossible to reverse it. All hash types have X amount of characters in them while the phrases and made up words can have an infinite quantity ...
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encrypted lookup-keys for key-value store

I'd like to use a key-value store (cassandra, redis, ...), but I don't trust the server. The clients have a shared secret, and I'm using that to encrypt the stored values. But what is the proper way ...
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What type of hash is that [closed]

Hey do you guys know the algorithm used to generate this hash? 6874747a3b202063733437373676342f766c2f6e6520753933313538343931206175646960732039‌​353861383a3a36663836392f6e7a3325313638 It's ...
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Should BCRYPT be used for client-side password hashing

I am concerned about the use of bcrypt for client-side password generation. I am developing a password generation function to be used client-side, similar to PwdHash and PasswordMaker. Much has been ...
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Is this hash function safe?

Below is the hash function implementation of the roguewave library. It returns a 32 bit hash. The core operation is A = B ^ ((C << 5) | (C >> 27)). Is this hash safe to use as a password check ...
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How to check for presence of LM hashes in local SAM

To get rid of LM hashes in local SAM databases, one can rely on the famous NoLMHash domain GPO, which instructs clients not to store password hashes with the LM algorithm locally ("Do not store LAN ...
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What multiplier to use when calculating the average time to crack passwords with a given entropy?

Suppose that we have a process that generates passwords with entropy E. I'd like to compute the average time it would take for a brute-force attack to crack an MD5-hashed instance of such a password. ...
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Can HMAC leak the password? [duplicate]

Imaging the following pseudo-code: h = hash(sha512) h.input(password) h.input(message) send h, message to client If the user has the hash and the message, and the only missing variable is the ...
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Is encrypting something more than once safer than hashing more than once?

I am aware of the implications that hashing something more than once correctly will increase the security of a system, but doing it incorrectly will decrease it, as noted here and on various other ...
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Does figuring out what one password hashes to allow you to crack all identical passwords?

Forgive me, as I am very new to cryptography, but it seems interesting, and I have a question. I'll state my beliefs and please feel free to correct me on the aspects that I'm mistaken so i can ...
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Using last characters of hash as salt [duplicate]

In a recent discussion somebody mentioned the following hashing scheme: passHash = sha256(password) saltedHash = sha256(passHash+passHash.substr(-10) finalHash = sha256(secret+saltedHash) The ...
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Should I use own constants when using well known hashing algorithms?

I understand that it is important to use well known and well tested hashing algorithms instead of designing my own. For such there often are reference implementations available, which initialize the ...
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Identifying/decrypting hashed/encrypted data [closed]

This weekend I took part in an security challenge. I had great fun doing it but i found a huge gap in my knowledge that I'm really keen to fill and hope someone here can help get me pointing in the ...
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Difference between OS X md5 and gnu md5sum

I have installed the "md5sum" utility on my Mac and there was also a "md5" binary pre-installed in /sbin. My problem and question is this: "Isn't MD5 a standard algorithm?" Because I get different ...
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Are newly-generated recovery passwords sent to me via email hashed? [duplicate]

If a company sends me a new password via SMS/email because I clicked "forgot my password." Does that mean the company is not actually hashing my passwords?
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Confidentiality of file hashes

Context: I have a directory full of sensitive company files. I want to compare these files with a colleague at a remote location, without the need for a secure connection. Is it safe for me to ...
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Why is a CSR hashed?

What are the use cases for defining something other than the default SHA1 hash in a CSR? Is it to protect the digital signature, public/private keys? What is it protecting exactly?
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Do I need a salt when hashing a CSPRNG?

I have passwords stored in my database that are very long CSPRNG and unique. Do I need to use a salt before hashing them? My understanding is that usually you use a hash function in the following ...
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What does one call the strategy of using “pre-password transforms” as passwords?

Suppose that instead of using, say, Google, let me in! as my Google password, I used some consistent transform of this string, say ZWE1NjMyNm? What search keywords would be helpful to search for ...
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How does a hashing function always return the same length hash?

I've been looking into what hashing functions are, what they do, &c. I was just wondering: how does a hashing function always return the same length hash? How does hashing work? does not explain ...
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Should security phrases be hashed?

I didn't think of this before but today I just realised that in soke sites, pw recovery is possible if you know the answers to security questions like What is your mother's maiden name? In this ...
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“Remember me” cookies - did I implement them securely?

I am currently working on a pet project website and I want to implement the "remember me" feature for logins and wanted to know if my procedure is secure. The authentication process basically goes ...
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Did the “Malicious SHA-1” technique enable the NSA to insert a backdoor into SHA-1?

SHA-1 was standardized by the NSA. It appears to be possible to choose the constants in such a way that collisions can be derived easily. Yet, it is not easily possible to discover that the constants ...
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Methods for slowing down a hashing algorithm

I understand why a hashing algorithm should be slow but is the method that makes it slow important to the strength of the hash? Everything I've read says that the algorithm should be computationally ...
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Simplest way of hashing a password with multiple different hash algorithms [closed]

I have a list of plaintext passwords that I would like to hash with various different hash algorithms (for educational purposes). As a minimum I would like to obtain hashes under MD5, SHA1, SHA256, ...
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Not hashing email registration confirmation link

I sent emails out that contains an email registration confirmation link: http://example.com?create=email%3Djay%40gmail.com%26confirm_key%3D53e321f97c145 I do not hash the link above. Before I sent ...
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Native app, token authentication without login/password

I'm working on a always online mobile game (native android/iOS app with Unity) and i would like to be able to authenticate the player without requiring any login/password at the beginning. For those ...
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Is it bad practice to ask only for individual characters of a password? [duplicate]

Some financial websites that I use use passwords in a peculiar way. Instead of asking me the whole password string, they only ask me to enter e.g. "3rd, 5th and 8th character of your password", i.e. a ...
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Related-password hash security

Say we are given a strong cryptographic hash function hash(), a strong completely random password of 15 characters pass15, two single-character salt values salta, saltb. We compute the hashes hasha, ...
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SHA and “Bits of Security”

I've researched several forms of encryption/hashing and have often come across the term "bits of security". For example, at least one source claimed SHA-256 = AES128 = ECC256 = 128 bits of security. ...
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Can I test/determine all decryption types on an unkown filetype. I do have the password [closed]

I have a file that's nearly 200Mb. It was reportedly packed/encrypted with Kruptos 2. But it has a .~enc extension. The header of the file is pure gibberish. Running file says it's data running ...