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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Find matching phone numbers without actually knowing them

We have a mobile app that, given two users, needs to let them see what common contacts they have based on their phone numbers. How can we do this in a cryptographically secure way and respecting the ...
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Is it safe to publish something encrypted with a password if you make it insanely difficult to crack?

Let's say you have a very important private key that you don't want to lose. You think of posting it to http://pastebin.com/ but then relize that elimanates the point. So you think of encrypting with ...
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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 $eCuRe$eCuRe$eCuRe$...
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How do data breaches of account login information end up in plaintext?

For example, see this story. Am I missing something here? Are the login details actually still encrypted? I don't understand how it is possible for a data breach of what I assume is encrypted ...
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For high entropy credentials, is SHA256 hashing good enough?

Let's say I've got a database of high-entropy credentials (e.g. 256-bit random values) used as API keys by clients. I'd like to hash them in my database so that a database compromise doesn't allow an ...
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Value of hash in digital signature

I'm hashing using SHA 256 and signing a payload with a private key.The payload does not contain any password and would be HTTP(S) POSTed to server side. The payload contains some dynamic and constant ...
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Change NTLM hash in memory on the lock screen?

Is there a way to change the ntlm hash in memory to bypass Windows login? For example, I have the NTLM hash of a Windows machine and I have physical access. Is possible to write the NTLM hash in ...
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How to properly hash a key? big vs small digest

We have to roll (decommission) database access keys often, but it's important to know which key each system is using in order to avoid removing a key in use thus creating unavailability. We want each ...
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Which is the correct algorithm while checksumming a portion of code?

As part of my research, I came across a technique in a paper which applies checksumming on a portion of code. I want to implement it. Here is the research paper which talks about the checksumming ...
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What is the difference between a digital signature and whole message encryption?

I am newbie in information security I am trying to understand the difference between a digital signature and encryption of a message. Lets consider simple example of email message. I understand how ...
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Is `/dev/urandom` secure to generate a salt on a Virtual Machine?

I've read the new password_hash() function from PHP uses /dev/urandom to generate a secure salt, however this assumes some noise from device drivers. Is possible that /dev/urandom is not so random ...
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Are SHA-2 certificates considered obsolete, or current?

A guide on this site on how to make a decent Certificate Signing Request (CSR) says that I should be using SHA-2 certificates to secure a HTTPS webserver. Are SHA-2 certificates considered obsolete, ...
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Does quick denial tell that you passwords are stored in plain text?

Say you are using a website and incorrectly enter your password. The website then "instantly" pops ups with an "incorrect username/password" message. Would it be safe to infer that the website is ...
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Powershell and cached credentials

In my environment we have powershell remoting off- I get around this using 2 hop scripts, packages(exe -no creds are stored in code- local privs only), and iwmi. I never pass creds to the endpoint, ...
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Hashing and signing partial data in payload

I'm hashing and signing part of a payload prior to HTTP Posting from a mobile device to server side. The payload contains of about 7 data elements and only 3 of them are hashed/signed using a private ...
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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 there more to password hashing?

You have a plain text password and salt. The plain text password is assumed to be securely random and only known by the user and the salt is no secret and not necessarily unique but stored alongside ...
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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 the method of hardening the creation of a Cryptographically Generated Address (CGA) called hash extension

CGAs are sha1 hashes truncated to a 59 bit value. Along with a 3 bit security parameter they form a IPv6 address (more precisely the interface identifier). from wikipedia: The Sec parameter ...
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Is it possible to find the salt?

I have this PHP code with me : $auth = md5($username.$password.$salt); I have a dummy value : $username = user $password = password And I also have the resulting MD5 Hash : ...
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Why shouldn't I store passwords in plaintext? [closed]

Why is it so important not to save passwords in plaintext? I think it is the same issue like authorizing a user on a RESTful webservice, where most developers claim: "Don't send your security token ...
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when to use encoding over hashing?

If encoding is used for integrity someone can tamper it across the network because it is based on some publicly known scheme. When do you use encoding and when do you use hashing for preserving the ...
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How does storing hash passwords work? [duplicate]

In usual network applications, that employ password hashing, is the user password hashed on client side before sending it to the server, or is it sent without hashing as encryption of plain text ...
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Why improvising your own Hash function out of existing hash functions is so bad

I'm afraid I'll have tomatoes thrown at me for asking this old question, but here goes. After reading that cooking up your own password hash out of existing hashing functions is dangerous over and ...
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Passing a hash of a secret to a server instead of the plain text

Instead of passing an authentication token or api key in an http header to a server in the plain text, what if I calculated its hash and passed the hash? This way even if a adversary intercepts the ...
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Reviews of Argon2

I am not a security guy but just curious about the things here. I have seen several people in various answers here talked about the password hashing competition. Now that the winner is announced, I ...
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Idea for an encrypted pastebin NON-web application

I have an idea for an app that might be useful (though if it isn't, I've still learned in the process, which is what matters). There are a bunch of encrypted pastebin web apps out there (e.g. defuse....
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https security - should password be hashed server-side or client-side?

I am building a web application which requires users to login. All communication goes through https. I am using bcrypt to hash passwords. I am facing a dilemma - I used to think it is safer to make a ...
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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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Two-phase anonymization

EDIT: [N.B: I fully replaced the original question which was not a very good statement of the problem (see comments) with a more apt one.] I have records that contain - among other things - the ...
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Upgrading security of hashed passwords [duplicate]

Let's say we have a database with usernames and passwords, where the passwords are naively secured using a single round of SHA-1 (such as was kinda best practice a number of years ago). Now, let's ...
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What scenario are 'extra' strong passwords and hashing algorithms actually protecting against?

Note: I completely understand the need for strong passwords & I understand that there is an issue of speed with hashing. I am just interested in better understanding the actual negative impact of ...
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The optimal settings of Winrtgen GIU

I'm working with Winrtgen GIU on windows, but I can't fix the right settings to create a rainbow table for a: password length=1-7 Charset=alpha numeric all space What are the ideal values to put in ...
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Is knowing the salt a problem?

I understand that adding a salt would thwart the use of rainbow tables. I don't understand the time it would take to create a rainbow table for a certain salt and of course this is dependent on the ...
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Is appending plaintext to salt equally safe as appending salt to plaintext

Is using hash(salt, plaintext) equally secure as using hash(plaintext, salt), i.e. can the plain text be appended to salt in place of appending salt to the plain text. Why or Why not? What kind of ...
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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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Md5 vs Md4 recognition

Is there a way to actually find out whether a hash is MD5 or MD4? For instance: 10c7ccc7a4f0aff03c915c485565b9da is an MD5 hash be08c2de91787c51e7aee5dd16ca4f76 is an MD4 hash I know that there ...
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Why can passwords be used to encrypt data, but are less strong for authentication?

Encryption software is often password based. Even if the adversary gets your computer they can't get the data without knowing the password, and bruteforcing is infeasible. Websites use passwords to ...
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How weak is MD5 as a password hashing function ?

A professor told us today, that MD5 is weak. I understand his chain of thought but pointed out, that IMHO MD5 is a good way to go if you would use a long (even really long) dynamic salts and static ...
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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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How does SHA3 (Keccak & SHAKE) compare to SHA2? Should I use non-SHAKE parameters?

Keccak is the winner of the SHA3 competition. Since Keccak is highly customizable (presumably for security/memory/time/speed tradeoffs) there does seem to be some controversy around how Keccak ...
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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: http://developer....
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Is there a threshold for a password so long it doesn't get any more secure or even becomes insecure?

I always hear "A long password is good, a longer password is better". But is there such a thing as a "Password is so long it is becoming unsafe" or "Password is long enough, making it longer won't ...
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Is it good to store passwords in a separate table/database and manage them in a separate process?

I'm quite a newbie at systems architecture and security so I just want to check that this plan makes sense. I'm building a web app and I need to store a password for each user. I've already read ...
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Sum two SHA256 to get a SHA512 [closed]

I see this code in a web game SHA512(SeedServer + "|" + SeedUser) and I'm trying to reproduce this hash. I tried in PHP: <?php echo hash('SHA512', '...
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Does verifying an additional fraction of a file decrease the chances of collision?

If I have a file of indeterminate length and I generate the SHA256 of that file, then generate the SHA256 of the first half and the last half, then verify all three, does that decrease the odds of a ...
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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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Where to store a pepper?

Assuming you're using a pepper in your password hashing, where should it be stored? I know you shouldn't store it in the database since it can easily be found there during a dump and the idea is to ...
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Is it possible to get hacked if my bcrypt hash is publically known?

I just checked https://haveibeenpwned.com/ and I have noticed that I was pwned, therefore I checked the file that hosts the details of my "credentials", however, I see my email in plain text but the ...
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MD5 Algorithm: A basic explanation of the process

Could anyone please explain the basic idea and steps involved in the MD5 algorithm? I tried reading it on the web (Wikipedia etc.), but it was just too high level for me. So, can someone explain the ...