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 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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Doing a dictionary attack on RSA if you have the public key?

I'm trying to learn exactly how RSA works. Currently I have a very, very simplictic overview that goes like this. Having the public key allows you to encrypt things. Encrypting the same message ...
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What is a good enough salt for a SaltedHash?

Since I'm hashing all passwords with each their own salt, is there a benefit to the salt being really random, or would an incremental counter or a guid be good enough? Also, is there a benefit of ...
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Does password-hashing “busy-work” need to be cryptographically secure

All modern password hashing schemes are deliberately designed to include a huge amount of "busy-work", to limit the speed with which an attacker would be able to conduct password hashing attempts. ...
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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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Am I required to hash passwords

Is one required to hash passwords by law in the US or elsewhere? If not required by law, are there legal ramifications if unhashed passwords are stolen? If not required in the US, but required in the ...
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truncated hash for message authentication?

I am using hash for authenticating the signature of the message. since the hash will be part of a url that is used for QR code, I would like to keep the hash as short as possible in order to generate ...
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PRF, IKE and hash function

The term PRF is mentioned in the documentation of the IKE (Internet Key Exchange) protocol. What is a PRF? What is the difference between a PRF and a hash function? What PRFs are used in the IKE ...
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Generating authentication token from PHP sessions

I have a traditional PHP site which uses sessions. I've developed a real-time app in nodejs and wish to authenticate users here based on their PHP session. The procedure would go something like this: ...
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create a variants of MD5

I have also asked similar q here : To create a variants of MD5, I made following changes : MD5 uses a non-linear sin(i)* pow(2,32) ----> i plane to use cos(i)*pow(2,32) Instead ...
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Any risk in using the same salt for several hashes on a user?

Right now I'm storing a salt and password_hash on the users table (pretty standard stuff). The need arose to get a secure hash of another field for a user. Is there any risk in reusing the same salt ...
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Is it safe to use PBKDF2 for hashing?

I would like to get a few opinions on whether it would be safe or not to use PBKDF2 to generate a hash of a password. For my purposes I'd like to assume that the hash itself will be posted on the ...
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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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What security purpose do hashes of files serve?

Many websites offering downloads also provide the MD5 or SHA1 hashes of the files which are available for download. An example- What is the security purpose behind providing such a facility to the ...
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What steps can you take to make offline cracking of SRP harder?

In the aftermath of the Blizzard hack, what steps can I take to make offline cracking of SRP more difficult? My question assumes that your database is already gone and that you implemented SRP more ...
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Use the hash of the password to encrypted password

I have a app which transmit the password in clear text. I was planning to use the hash of the password (SHA-512) as the key for encrypting the plain text password. Then send the encrypted text to the ...
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Determine hashing algorithm only with known input and output

Given the input: test A system generates the following output hash: 0x001F41B6A0534D3B851D69EFE6237F550100000010D5F4FC65E64BCFDBF2590212E4411C44942C6C734C00ACFE13B958DCAB3614 I do not know ...
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Can I brute-force a password hash even if I don't know the hash-algorithm used?

Can I brute-force a password hash even if I don't know the underlying algorithm? For example if I get hold of a database with password hashes and the used hash algorithm is unknown, like a random ...
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How does my bank knows my second and forth chars of my password [duplicate]

I see that the new login mechanism used by some banks in UK and also used by visa debit authentication is to ask for three random characters from your password at login (for example second, ninth and ...
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Keepass Dictionary Attack Protection Strategy

Though pretty interested, I'm everything but an expert in Information Security, please redirect me to any helpful resources if my question is stupid or correct me if my assumptions are wrong. When ...
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Why we use GPG signatures for file verification instead of hash values?

for example here they put a gpg signature to verify what you download is what they really made. but why they just don't put a SHA256 hash value ? because its much more faster to check it and sometimes ...
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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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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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Separate database column for salt

Is it advisable to store the salt in a separate database column or should we concatenate it together with the password? Is there any difference? I have come across implementations of both types. ...
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John the ripper passwd file format with salt not working

I'm trying test password strength in one of our e-commerce sites. I'm using john the ripper to brute-force a password file. The algorithm used by PHP is: $hash = md5($salt . $pass) No other ...
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How to verify that a clientside-generated object is genuine?

I know that general best-practice states not to trust anything generated by the client. With that in mind, I want to write an HTML5 app that utilises the browser to generate various objects ...
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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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Please help clarify password hashing - salted, multiple iterations of MD5 vs bcrypt/sha2, etc [duplicate]

I was reading an article about the Ars Technica hack here and had a couple of questions. The commenter said: "PHPass uses salted and iterated MD5 to hash passwords" My question is that if I were ...
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How can I create a password that says “SALT ME!” when hashed?

How can I create a password, which when directly hashed (without any salt) with md5 will return a string containing the 8 characters "SALT ME!". The hope is that a naive developer browsing through his ...
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Is salting a hash really as secure as common knowledge implies?

(I did search on this topic, but I found no complete question/answer that addressed it, or even good portions of questions that might be relevant.) I'm implementing a salt function for user passwords ...
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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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Is SHA1 better than md5 only because it generates a hash of 160 bits?

It is well known that SHA1 is recommended more than md5 for hashing since md5 is practically broken as lot of collisions have been found. With the birthday attack, it is possible to get a collision ...
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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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How would you store a 4 digit pin code securely in the database?

I'm familiar with password hashing, using salts, bcrypt etc. But it doesn't seem like this would work to store a 4 digit pin code since the attacker could try all 10,000 combinations quite quickly. ...
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Tripwire - Is it security Theater?

Tripwire type intrusion detection systems supposedly protect your system from rootkits, by monitoring the checksums of important binaries for changes. Let's say I have tripwire configured to run ...
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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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Salted hashes vs HMAC?

Most of discussions involving access credentials include references to "hashing salted passwords". Is this another way to referring to the HMAC algorithm or a totally different operation? Different or ...
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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 quickly can these password schemes really be beaten?

If you use a quick hashing algorithm like MD5 or SHA-1 to hash passwords and you don't use any salt at all, how quickly could one expect a hacker to find my password out? If I use a truly random salt ...
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How can I make sure password hashing is secure on computers while not being prohibitively slow on mobile devices?

I'm new to cryptography and its implementations. I'm designing an Android app where an user enters a password to retrieve some encrypted data. After some research on possible solutions I ended up with ...
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How often do two users use the same password

If no two users use the same password, then in theory salting the password hash is not needed. How often, in practice, do two users have the same password?
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Is “real salt” the same as “initialization vectors”?

In the question about real vs. fake salt, the answers describe how real salt 'perturbs the encryption algorithm.' I know roughly how initialization vectors work; is this the same concept, or something ...
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Won't all hashes collide after enough iterations (with a static salt)?

We all know that we're supposed to take a fairly slow hashing algorithm, salt the password, and run the hash for many iterations. Let's say that I'm following almost everything except for one rule, ...
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Why does some popular software still use md5?

Nowadays no one dares to defend md5 for any use, and of course they should not! However, much popular software still uses md5 in applications such as password hashing (although it's not simple/plain ...
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Choosing a session ID algorithm for a client-server relationship

I am developing an application which has a client-server relationship, and I am having trouble deciding on the algorithm by which the session identifier is determined. My goal is to restrict ...
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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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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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Brute force vs other methods of recovering passwords from shadow file

Do you know any good approach for de-hashing/actually bruteforcing hashed passwords in the shadow file? On various operating systems, any good solutions/methods/programs. Or is it better to upload ...
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Password Storage - Self Encryption vs Hashing?

Self Encryption: Encrypting a password using the password itself (as a symmetric key). Basically, by doing this, I'll get random data as an output. Now, in order to retrieve the password from this ...
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How secure are sha256 + salt hashes for password storage [duplicate]

I started reading about password hashing recently on multiple sites like this page on crackstation and others, and for what I have understood, I should avoid using hashing algorithms like md5 and sha1 ...