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 are we using SHA3-512?

As we know, hash algorithms can be used for authenticity of a message. In my understanding, since the message lengths are too large, we convert it into a hash value using hash algorithms and these ...
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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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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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Scrypt + Bcrypt = cascade hashing [duplicate]

I've read here that hashing with differents algorithms would be a good idea. Can you confirm that? In your experience, is it useful and safe? Does it entail any security holes?
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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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Getting reliable checksums

Update: A version of transmission that contains malware has been distributed very recently. Quoting this ars technica article: It appears that somehow the Transmission website may have been ...
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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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Verify CDN javascript's integrity

CDNs speed up the loading of websites by allowing caching for frequently used javascript libraries like jquery. How do we know if they have modified the javascript before serving it to my clients? ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I detect if hashes are salted? [duplicate]

Is it possible to detect hash function of a hash if I don't have access to PHP code? I know that if a hash is some kind of MD5, but I don't know if there is salt etc.
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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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About password_hash() in PHP and storing (part of) its salt outside DB

So, i learned that new in PHP 5.5 is password-hash() which works much like crypt(). Which is more secure (slower) than md5() or sha1(). The result string is algo+hash+salt, which can be passed as-is ...
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What is is the best way to create virus signature database? [closed]

We are thinking to develop a new Antivirus program. The main concern is to create a virus signature database. I want to ask what is the best possible way to add viruses signature in our database to ...
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How to store/encrypt fingerprint?

Storing password is a no brainer : use a password hasher. But.. How do you proceed to store fingerprints securely on your server? Meaning that even if your server and all it's data is stolen, someone ...
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HKDF and key stretching

I thought that all key derivation functions would do a key stretching phase, by iterating some kind of process. But I can't see that process in HKDF. HKDF doesn't do key strengthening? If I have a ...
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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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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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Identifying an unknown hash

During some of my research work I encountered an unknown hashed string. What I am curious about is the algorithm used to generate it. A factor that makes it interesting - the string contains an ...
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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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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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File security when encrypting files directly with the openssl command / and what about SHA1 hashing password first?

I've been using this command to encrypt files for a while now: openssl aes-256-cbc -a -salt -in secrets.txt -out secrets.txt.enc Then I type in a password. Can someone tell me, roughly speaking, ...
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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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What is better salted hash or openssl encryption?

Im using php and I was looking to store passwords in a mysql database. I was wondering what would be safer to use a salted hash or openssl encryption? If i use a unique random generated salted hash ...
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What is the best way to store passwords in OpenLDAP?

I would like to store user credentials in an OpenLDAP or similar directory server. A lot of online commentary about storing passwords in modern contexts recommends using password derivation schemes ...
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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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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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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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Client-Side Hashing to decrease value of password guessing heuristics

Yes, this is 'yet another client-side hashing' question. But, don't leave yet, I think there is some value here. I'd like to do something to mitigate the affect on the community as a whole when my ...
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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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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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Disallowing Similar Passwords [duplicate]

Upfront, I want to clarify that I am not a professional cryptographer, I am more curious about playing with the math and science behind it, and also want to improve my habits with my own personal and ...
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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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PBKDF2 constants

I recently found this PBKDF2 code: <?php /* * Password Hashing With PBKDF2 (http://crackstation.net/hashing-security.htm). * Copyright (c) 2013, Taylor Hornby * All rights reserved. * * ...
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What if the Local Windows Cert Store is Compromised?

The diagram below illustrates chaining digital certificates up to a publicly trusted Root Certificate: I have been researching how trusted root authorities (such as GlobalSign or Verisign) are used ...
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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 ...