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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Using MD5 for malware ids: collision attack risks?

It has been known since 2004 that the MD5 hash is vulnerable to collision attacks (update - not "preimage" attacks - my mistake....). Yet it still seems that people are using it to identify malware. ...
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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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What algorithms are best be cracked by GPU?

What algorithms are best being attacked by a GPU powered password cracker? For example, I heard that md5crypt that is being used in unix shadow file, is not the best choice for GPU cracking because it ...
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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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Is it safe to use different derived keys but from the same passphrase for AES CBC encryption followed by HMAC SHA256 hashing?

I am working on a cross platform (JS/iOS/Android) list manager application that persists data through a REST API and I want to ensure that any textual data is properly encrypted on the client side so ...
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When hashing passwords, is it okay to store the algorithm used right there in the database?

Since hashing password has become a hot topic recently, it is only natural to expect things to change and assume that some time down the road you might want to replace/tweak the algorithm used in your ...
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How secure is Visual host key, and how is SHA2 converted into that representation?

SHA2 has 256 bits of possibilities. Visual host key seems to have the following upper and lowercase = 26*2 numbers and symbols = 20 Additional symbols = 22 Total 94 characters represented in ...
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Why do major sites(Facebook, Google, etc) still send passwords unhashed? [duplicate]

QUICK SUMMARY: It seems like modern websites, for security's sake, should all have the client hash their own passwords before sending them to the server, who will rehash them, in order to avoid ...
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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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Is there any way to cryptographically hash a human thumbprint?

Is there any way to cryptographically hash a human thumbprint into a form that can be consistently reproduced by thumbprint readers? Assuming that it would be possible to create a database of ...
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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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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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Keyed-hashing a password with a hash of the password + salt as the key, is it safe?

I was looking at our authentication system which hashes passwords differently than I was taught. The salt is a constant byte array and it uses the password + the salt as a key for the password hashing ...
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Site allows both Partial and Complete password authentication; do they have my password in plain text? [duplicate]

My bank provides online banking facility like most of the banks these days. On the web they have Partial Password Authentication. Although I don't really believe in PPA providing extra security but ...
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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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Generating an unguesable 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 ...
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Why RSA signatures based on the hash of the message? [closed]

Why RSA signatures based on the hash of the message rather than the message itself?
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Why do file storage sites have a long unique id for their download links?

I'm creating a file storage site and what I would do is just have the download links format as: https://www.domain.com/[id]/[file name] //id would just be 1, 2, 3 etc. Dropbox and many others have ...
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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 ...
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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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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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when people say a file has a checked md5 hash, what exactly does that mean?

ok I was just reading this site: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/stay-safe-online-5-secrets-every-pc-and-mac-owner-should-know/3542?pg=4&tag=mantle_skin;content and thought of something I always ...
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Truncating the output of SHA256 to 128 bits

suppose we need/prefer 128 bit hash output. for example to generate a 128 bit encryption key or, in other applications (e.g. file integrity verifications), to consume less storage space. i don't know ...
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Implementing Secure Remote Password: Constructing the verifier

The SRP protocol as described in RFC 2945 generates the password verifier: x = SHA(<salt> | SHA(<username> | ":" | <raw password>))` v = g^x % N I have three questions: why use ...
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Random padding in hash functions

In this answer, it was recommended that you add random padding when hashing messages for a trusted timestamp, such as for predictions, in order to avoid dictionary and brute force attacks (at least ...
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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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Hashed passwords for NTLM authentication

I understood that Windows users' password hashes can be exported very easily. Right? So my question is: If I can have the hashes of other user accounts (e.g. local users on my Windows machine), isn't ...
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Rainbow Tables: What is the Reduction Used for?

This is a follow up from this answer. The answer is very good, and it put me to thinking and doing some research. I have found another good explanation on this site. At some point, the author says: ...
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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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Does the hash change the security of the Secure Remote Password protocol?

I'm implementing the Secure Remote Password protocol, and similar to this question, I'm wondering if I can use the SHA-512 hash function instead of SHA-1 currently being used. Would this help improve ...
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How to implement WSS UsernameToken when password on the server is salted and hashed?

I'm currently trying to write a web service for customer and requirement is to use WS Security. On their server side, they have passwords stored as SHA-1(salt+password). According to WSS spec, ...
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What is considered a reasonably high iteration count?

I copy-pasted a function that implements the PBKDF2 hashing algorithm in PHP. The function asks for the amount of time that I would want it to loop in order to produce a hash. Now, I'm wondering, ...
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Reducing hash output length [duplicate]

I am using output of (keyed) hash function to make sure the input was not modified, I store it along with input. Now output of SHA-1 is 20 bytes. Say I want to reduce the output. And have it output 10 ...
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What is the collision chance of a 128-bit hashing function if it is always fed with 256-bits of data?

I mean "normal" collisions not based on any attack. How do i calculate it?
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Does it make any difference of the order Hashing and Encrypting in terms of security?

I am implementing a password vault program with java. I have programmed a triple DES for encryption and a SHA256 for hashing. My question is would it make any difference if I first hash the raw data ...
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Legality and ethics of cryptanalysis on password hashes

I'm working on my dissertation concerning cryptanalysis on password hashes. I'd like to delve into the legal and ethical aspects of cryptanalysis, however, seeing as I'n not at all well versed in law ...
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Using John the Ripper to crack SHA hash w/ partial knowledge

Group, I have a SHA1 hash that I would like to brute-force. I have knowledge of several characters before and after the password (ie, if the hash is derived from "xxxpasswordyyy", I know both xxx and ...
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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 ...
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Should hashing hashed hashes colide or not?

Since key stretching basically boils down to hashing hashes over and over again (where salt, pepper and password individualize the hash function, but the principle remains the same), I wonder about ...
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How to check for a key *and* store encrypted data?

I wish to create a system wherein I store encrypted data. Users can access this data if they have the key. If they give a wrong key, they don't get access at all. If they give the right key, they get ...
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Is there a cryptographic function that generates a reconizable visual pattern?

I have to build a system that will ultimately print a pass allowing access to a building. The validation of this ticket will be done manually (it can also be automatic but that's not likely at this ...
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Testing a password for similarity to previous hashes

This question is a follow-up to a comment by Tobias Kienzler to an answer to "What is the purpose of the “Password minimum age” setting?". Consider a password policy that new passwords cannot be ...
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How much risk is introduced by git's signing the commit hash rather than the blobs? [duplicate]

Since first switching from centralized VCS systems to a decentralized one—specifically git—I have properly understood that that git's commit ID's were hashes of the included objects and some meta data ...
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How can I identify this hash? [closed]

I'm trying to decrypt my router's root password, since I only have access to a simple admin account that doesn't have root privileges. Here is the passwd file: 0:F.bCrWv/Oxp6.:0:0:root:/home:/bin/sh ...
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Hashing / How easy is it to infer the original input if the a slight variation of the input, the hash result and the hashing algorithms are known [duplicate]

Given that I have an initial input that is publicly known (e.g. "ABCDEFGHIJ") a slight variation of (1) (e.g. "BACDEFGHIJ") that is used as the input to a hashing algorithm (3) an modern one-way ...
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Using multiple hash-functions along the line [duplicate]

I was wondering what the effect on strength/security is If I would use an aggregate of multiple hash-functions. For instance, I don't want to sent passwords in plain text (although it's over an ...