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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“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 ...
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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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Recompute Rainbow table with salt?

So, as I understand it, you prepend a password with salt before you hash it so that the resulting hash can't be used with a rainbow table to find the original password, as you could if the password ...
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Differences between brute forcing access versus decrypting password files or databases

I was just reading about how it's better to use bcrypt to protect passwords instead of saving password hashes in databases, and that got me thinking about other aspects that hackers work on that I had ...
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Hash Function Xor

For a hash function what is the best secure method, XOR or Concatenate: h(data1 XOR data2 XOR data3 XOR data4) ? or use h(data1||data2||data3||data4)?
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Using passwords made of words

People say don't use passwords in the dictionary but if you use two words isn't it alright? Dictionaries have at least 10,000 entries so just two words will be 100,000,000 possibilities (and that's ...
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Is the password hash better when you concatenate the password and username?

Is the password hash (with bcrypt) better when You concatenate the username with password? For example: $this->hash($username . $password); and $this->hash($password); Last time I used ...
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How to crack password hashed using SSHA?

Is it possible to crack a password hashed using SSHA if I know the salt? How can I do it?
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Clarification on an email about a security breach

I got the following email from a forum I was subscribed to: It is our duty to inform you that there has been a security breach on the server that Doom10 was being hosted on. It doesn't seem like ...
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Can a HSM be used to make password hashing stronger?

Say a database server has a HSM which is in use for encrypting (reversibly of course) credit card numbers. Is there any way a HSM could be used to add strength to a password hashing scheme? (Or are ...
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With PBKDF2, what is an optimal Hash size in bytes? What about the size of the salt?

When creating a hash with PBKDF2, it allows the developer to choose the size of the hash. Is longer always better? Also, what about the size of the random salt? Should that be the same size as the ...
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For what do I hash user passwords with PDKDF2 when the user data is stored in the same database?

I'm hashing the passwors of my users with PDKDF2 right now. A user can gain access to his account with his password. When the user is logged in he can edit his personal information and do other stuff ...
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In this example why do they hash a randomly generated piece of salt before hashing it with the password?

From here, in the code return substr(sha1(mt_rand()),0,22); what is the point of taking the sha1 value? It is appended to the password and together they are hashed using Blowfish. Why not just append ...
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Why is it necessary to match the checksum of a download with another file provided by the same server? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does hashing a file from an unsigned website give a false sense of security? On many servers providing files for download, there is a file on which checksums are ...
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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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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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VP of IT claims he unhashed 100% of all 16k employees' PWs. Is he lying to us?

I work for a company which has ~16,000 employees. Periodically, our VP of IT sends out a newsletter with "tech-tips" and misc IT stuff. The topic of this week's newsletter was "password security". ...
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Is bcrypt better than scrypt [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do any security experts recommend bcrypt for password storage? I'm no security expert and do not pretend to be that's why I'm asking here. I write many PHP based ...
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Password Salts and Randomness

Alright, so I understand that users are the kind of beasts who like to use one password and make it short and easy to remember (like "doggies"). If I understand correctly, that's one reason we use ...
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Is there value in storing passwords in their own table with encrypted or hashed keys?

The usual method for simple sites is to store a hash of a user's password right in their user record. What if the password field is removed from the user table, and a password table is created? The ...
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How to evaluate the strength of a hashing algorithm?

At work the hashing algorithm we use for passwords appears to be bespoke. Obviously that's a pretty bad idea, but the management don't seem bothered. The algorithm always produces 20 character long ...
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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 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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Doesn't adding requirements to a password, such as must contain 2 digits, decrease the strength? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Doesn’t imposing a minimum password length make the password weaker by reducing the number of possible combinations? Doesn't any constraints added to a password policy ...
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To salt, or not to salt? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is using salt more secure? Why would salt not have prevented LinkedIn passwords from getting cracked? Recently I decided that I wanted to learn more about web ...
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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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Password protection of encryption and signature keys

I would like to store encrypted backup of text files on my computer. I'm developing a python script using Pycrypto to achieve that, based on this code to use the library. (current code) The basic ...
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what is the fastest and cheapest way to crack this kind of hash - md5(md5($password) + salt))?

I'm looking for a program that can use any GPU (ATI\NVIDIA) and can brute force a vBulletin hash - md5(md5($password) + salt)). I have the salt and hash. the password contains the symbols - ...
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Is my session-less authentication system secure?

So, I've created an authentication system. Poured over it for any kind of security flaws and tested the crap out of it. I think it's fairly secure, but there is one "different" by-design aspect of it ...
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Does shuffling a hashed password increase its security?

I am making a web app and I'm now stuck on making the login secure. I'm thinking of adding a salt to a user-inputted password and then hash it. (md5 or sha for example) and then I will reshuffle the ...
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Clarification on how rainbow tables work

If you goto : http://www.hanewin.net/encrypt/aes/aes-test.htm for "Key in Hex" enter 00000000000000000000000000000056 for "Plaintext in Hex" enter 00000000000000000000000000000000 and click on ...
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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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Is there a table that compares hashing algorithms by speed, relatively (machine independent)

As far as I understood*, one of the major criteria when choosing a password / salt hashing algorithm is it's speed. To prevent brute force attacks, a slower algorithm is better (and also makes it more ...
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How are root CAs for SSL distributed?

For internet explorer or whatever, I get it... It's in essence a sneakernet, you get them on the physical media from which you install your system and browser. But what about for firefox and chrome? ...
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Replacing weak SSH fingerprint algorithms

Even though MD5 has been broken for years and its vulnerabilities have been used to create real-world rogue X.509 CAs and other horrible things, OpenSSH and PuTTY still use MD5 as the default public ...
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Finding pre-image of MD5 hash [closed]

I have the following requirement for hashing using MD5. H(A,B,C,X); Where values A,B & C are given. However X is not given. I would like to find out what value of X would give a hash beginning ...
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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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Program binaries or files with same MD5 hash

I'm looking for 2 different program binaries or 2 different files with the same MD5 hash to prove its weakness and the collisions in the algorithm.
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Does the salt need to be unique or not predictable?

I always thought that salts is simply used to prevent rainbow tables to be used. Other have suggest they should be unique on a per account basis. Currently i have been using a config file to use as ...
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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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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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What to transfer? Password or its hash?

Let's say in my database I store passwords hashed with salt with a fairly expensive hash (scrypt, 1000 rounds of SHA2, whatever). Upon login, what should I transfer over the network and why? Password ...
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Password entropy match for alphanumeric but there are special characters in password

I have a problem cracking some of the fundamentals on passwords' entropies. Namely: I have read this article about a guy cracking DKIM of Google (maybe more noticing that the keys are only 512 bits) ...
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Is it okay to widely share the RSA key fingerprint for a host?

When you ssh into a remote box for the first time or if the remote host's key fingerprint has changed (from what's stored in your known_hosts file) you get a warning and you are shown the fingerprint ...
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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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Password Security: Encrypting salt [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Password Hashing add salt + pepper or is salt enough? I'm new to security and trying to understand why encrypting or hiding a salt is not considered useful. I've read ...
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rsa encrypted hash == rsa signature

$ echo -n "1327943823" > test_ok.txt $ openssl dgst -sha1 -binary -out test_ok.sha1 test_ok.txt $ echo "GURbsl4CFPCG83RCZxsEpoRleXicXQhH1OC4Fk77b7EMj2g8aHUhD/L+sm ...
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Hashed passwords - How many variations of rainbow tables?

First off...I passed the CISSP exam. WOOOO. I had to get that out. GCIH and CEH by Sept. 11' So, while studying for the technical side of things, I see that there are rainbow tables. They are ...
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Seeding GPG keygen with a hashed secret [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tool for public key cryptography where password is the private key? I was wondering if you guys could clue me in to potential problems with using a hashed password as ...
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Password authentication using DynamoDB

I'm working on a Mac app. I have users stored using DynamoDB. Authentication is needed to enforce access control on system-internal operations, such as uploading files to Amazon S3. Of course, I ...