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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Authenticated Encryption vs. contained and encrypted checksum/hash?

So I read through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authenticated_encryption and http://www.cryptopp.com/wiki/Authenticated_Encryption and I don't seem to be following the concept. From the simple ...
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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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How is hashing safe if a given string always generates the same hash? [duplicate]

I am a newbie to hashing, and I understand that MD5 (I know it's broken) and SHA-1 are all fixed hashing algorithms, but given that most passwords are dictionary words or other similar passwords, what'...
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Should I remotely store my salt? [duplicate]

When users register on my site, I want to store their username and hashed password in my database. When I hash that password, I'm going to salt it using PHP. The issue is, I don't want to store the ...
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Should I hash a password if it is randomly generated

The best practice is we should hash a user password using algorithms such as bcrpyt to protect the user, however, given the following conditions, is hashing in the backend still matters? the ...
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What is the problem with chain hashing?

Let's say that my password is a single character: "a". Couldn't I chain hash it 1000 (or more) times and make it nearly invulnerable to rainbow table attacks and brute force? Why isn't this ...
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Gold Standard for password hashing

I've developing a web application that will be dealing with highly sensitive information and I want to ensure the hashing of passwords is gold standard. Ideally I'd go for per-user salted SHA512 ...
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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 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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Are different hash algorithms ever used together?

I was wondering if different hashes (e.g. md5(sha1($data)) ) are ever used together for data security and if there was any reason for it (either positive or negative answer).
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Does bcrypt on top of md5 reduce its security?

A GitHub project I recently checked has a flawed security as they're using an unsalted md5() to hash the passwords. I opened a bug and they acknowledged it. However, the transition from md5() to ...
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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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“Official statement” on php.net : CRYPT_BLOWFISH is strongest hash algorithm. Why?

First: I asked this question on stackoverflow and was kindly asked to post this here again. See the original question here. According to the [early] doc pages of the new PHP 5.5 password hashing/...
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Would it make sense to use Bcrypt and PBKDF2 together?

I've read various opinions about whether Bcrypt or PDBKF2 is a better key derivation hashing method. The answer seems to depend on a lot of complicated factors that are not easy to analyze. Would ...
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Proving running code on a website is unchanged

Can it be proved to the user that the running code behind a website with security related code is the same as published? I'm currently looking at a few new project ideas and one involves secure ...
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How can we factor Moore's law into password cracking estimates?

How would we go about factoring Moore's law into exceedingly long password cracking estimates? Let's say we've got a 12 character password containing mixed-case alpha characters and numbers, i.e. a-z,...
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Bcrypt as a key derivation function?

I read a lot of entries at stack exchange about bcrypt and why it is supposed to be better than PBKDF2 in terms of password storage. I'm asking now if bcrypt is better than PBKDF2 in terms of key ...
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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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New to security, is php password_hash() good enough?

This is the first time I've had to handle personnel information and I want to make sure I have a good amount of security. I will be storing users' emails and passwords for their accounts on a MySQL ...
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Any problems with scrypt yet?

In the question Do any security experts recommend bcrypt for password storage? Thomas Pornin recommends the hashing function scrypt but saying it is "too new to be recommended on a general basis". ...
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Is sha-1 hash always the same?

Is it possible to ensure that a string is hashed always the same way no matter which language you use to do it (Java, vb.net... ) and no matter what operative system you are?
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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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Is it easier to get the original password if you have multiple hashes of it, all created with the same hash function?

If you have multiple hashes of a password, all hashed with the same hash function, is it possible to use this to speed up retrieval of the original password in any way? (I found the question "is it ...
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Downloaded file checksums

More than often next to the download button of a file there is a variety of checksums. When I download a file what security risks am I exposed to if I don't check for its integrity?
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Why store a salt along side the hashed password? [duplicate]

Understand the need to protection credentials with hashes that are expensive and to use cryptographically random salts. What I would like to understand is why you would store the salt along side the ...
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Is using HMAC to transmit a password OK?

I'm writing a small webapp and I don't want to transmit login passwords as cleartext. As I don't have SSL available I've written a one-time challenge system which sends a random string with the login ...
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How can I store a password history to prevent reuse?

I have an application with a user database. The database stores the password using a bcrypt hash with a randomized salt. How can I implement a password history set (to prevent password reuse) in a ...
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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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Increase the security of an already stored password hash

Right now we're using 1024 byte PBKDF2 with 256 byte user-specific salt and variable iterations. However, I would much prefer to be able to, perhaps once every year or two, to be able to flat out ...
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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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Hashing length for storing password

Does larger hash size improve the security? Is it overkill to use 512 bit hash? If I stored only 256 bits of the PBKDF2-SHA512 derived key, is it less, equal or more safe than 256 bits of PBKDF2-...
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How to proceed if a new hash algorithm for passwords is introduced?

I have an e-mail address at a certain institution. A few days ago they sent me an e-mail (in German), which I'd like to paraphrase without revealing the institution: Dear Madams and Sirs, a ...
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PHP crypt() trims the salt as it would be too long

I am using Blowfish with PHP crypt() for password hashing but I noticed something weird. Quoting PHP documentation: CRYPT_BLOWFISH - Blowfish hashing with a salt as follows: "$2a$", "$2x$" or "$...
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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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Is there repetition in the Solaris 11 hash routine? Can I add some?

Solaris 11 now uses SHA-256, so we can have longer than 8 character passwords now, by default. That is nice. I'll just make it clear that this password is never used as a line of defence. Only a ...
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Cheap to validate yet expensive to compute hashing algorithm

I am looking for a hashing algorithm somewhat like bcrypt, except that I would like validation to be extremely cheap. As an anti-spam measure I would like to require my clients spend say, half a ...
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Secure way to shorten a hash

If I want to save a hash of a certain number of bits, but my hashing algorithm gives me more bits than I need, then what is the safest way to shorten it? Should I: Just remove the first or last ...
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bcrypt: random salt vs computed salt

I'm pretty new to the whole password hashing business, so I might be missing something obvious. I was looking at the bcrypt algorithm, in particular BCrypt.Net, and I was wondering if it wouldn't be ...
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SHA-512 unix passwords. How secure are those hashes, really?

I came across this very alarming sounding thread which indicates a GPU with about half the compute capacity of the GPU currently powering the monitor I type this on is capable of 11.5k c/s. I'm not ...
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Should we start using SHA-3? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is SHA-3 and why did we change it? SHA-3 has been finalized! So, what does secuirty.se think about the new hash funciton? Should we start replacing all uses of md5/...
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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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Is every hash format that nginx accepts for HTTP Basic Auth weak against brute force?

According to http://nginx.org/en/docs/http/ngx_http_auth_basic_module.html nginx can read password hashes of these types: crypt(), apr1, SHA1 & SSHA. This is how I understand how these hashes ...
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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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Is there a threshold of bits of entropy below which hashing becomes meaningless?

I just read a help page by a mail provider in which they state that all mobile phone numbers will be stored as a salted hash. This strikes me as interesting, since phone numbers don't contain a lot ...
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Techniques to make a login page safe without using SSL

I am developing a web page where people can write and comment things (no personal informations required) and I need to put a log in form so users can see all their actions on my web page. My idea is ...
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How difficult is it to modify an ISO image and still have the old md5 check sum?

If I want to download the ubuntu11.04.iso then: UBUNTUMIRRORSRV -> ISP -> ISP -> etc. -> MYPC I just want to ask that how difficult is to spoof the original MD5 sum (e.g.: the md5sum would be ...
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Should the password of a password protected channel be hashed?

Let's take a chat system, where any user can create a channel with a password protection. Thus, other users may only join using the channel password. This password is therefore known to every person ...
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Is the following authentication scheme secure?

I was trying to design an authentication system that would make it much harder to guess a password via brute force, and reduce the risk to a user if the hashed password was stolen through a snooping ...
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How are leaked government credentials possible and what's the point?

In the wake of all these leaked/stolen/hacked government login/passwords being stolen it got me thinking. How is the leaking of these passwords even possible? Or are they of any real use? Aren't all ...
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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 ...