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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Recommended # of iterations when using PKBDF2-SHA256?

I'm curious if anyone has any advice or points of reference when it comes to determining how many iterations is 'good enough' when using PBKDF2 (specifically with SHA-256). Certainly, 'good enough' is ...
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Is hashing schema information for client when generating SQL queries more secure?

I'm planning to implement a web system wherein APIs and presentation for CRUD in data tables are automatically generated, like that in phpMyAdmin. How I plan to implement this is to construct SQL ...
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What's to stop someone from just MITMing a checksum?

A lot of sites offer MD5 or SHA sums to verify the validity of your download, but why do some things rely almost entirely on this? Is there anything in place to prevent people from just replacing ...
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Why don't people hash and salt usernames before storing them

Everyone knows that if they have a system that requires a password to log in, they should be storing a hashed & salted copy of the required password, rather than the password in plaintext. What I ...
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Whenever an unhandled exception somehow makes it into production, is it safe, viable, etc. to print an encrypted stack trace to the end user?

Whenever an unhandled exception makes it into production somehow - whatever the reason - there's generally an option (especially with .NET programs) to print out a stack trace to the end user before ...
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Do salts have to be random, or just unique and unknown?

First of all, my motive is to avoid storing the salt in the database as plain text. As far as this question is concerned, the salt is not stored in the database. After discussion in comments and in ...
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Is sending password to user email secure?

How secure is sending passwords through email to a user, since email isn't secured by HTTPS. What is the best way to secure it? Should i use encryption?
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Why is password hashing considered so important?

After reading this article, I can see the benefits of password hashing as a second layer of defence, in the event of an intruder gaining access to a password database. What I still don't understand is ...
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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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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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Is it insecure to hash multiples times?

Hashing multiple times (rounds) seems like a standard practice in password hashing to increase the work factor. Surely, everyone will agree increasing the work factor to compute the password hash is ...
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Tracking IP address to prevent abuse without logging user metadata

I am trying to balance good security practices against excessive logging of user metadata / Personally Identifiable Information. I am constructing a web app that allows for secure messaging. In part ...
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How to securely hash passwords?

If I hash passwords before storing them in my database, is that sufficient to prevent them being recovered by anyone? I should point out that this relates only to retrieval directly from the ...
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Hash file of a .xls file from RSA securID attack 2011 [closed]

I am very new to information security , i am doing a presentation on RSA hack not a very technical one. I got hash file of excel sheet used in RSA attack in 2011 i got it from virus total but i don't ...
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TLS vs other security protocols [closed]

I'm currently working on my bachelor thesis, and without going to much into detail the main mission is to develop the possibility for sending media (pictures, videos and recordings) from the app on ...
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Is bruteforcing the last character of a salt a good idea?

Would it be a good idea security-wise to store salts with their last character removed, and then bruteforce the last character to further the amount of time it would take to create rainbow tables and ...
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Using hash for one time pad key [migrated]

Recently I've been delving into security algorithms, I already knew some of the (easy) math behind AES and RSA and how to and not to implement it. But well, i got a bit bored so i thought I'd just do ...
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Could overlapping SHA256 hash begin to loop at some point?

I have a system that needs to send a key to the user. This key is used for validation after work and needs to be shown that we do not change it mid-work so we send to the user in the middle of work a ...
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Brute Forcing LUKS Full Disk Encryption - Time?

let's say we have encrypted our drive with AES 256 XTS and the following Hash: SHA1 with ~500k Iterations and a 20+ password SHA512 with ~250k Iterations and the same 20+ password. Let's think of ...
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How can I extract the hash inside a 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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How to transform an hash into a usable password?

I was reading about PwdHash and it inspired me to create a little project where you input a master password and an easy to remember alias into a password hash, like bcrypt, and then you get an hash. ...
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Is it fine to store single-use beta keys plain-text?

Is it okay to store single-use beta keys in plain-text in the database? I'll be pre-generating and storing about 2M keys. The keys get passed around so that people can sign up with it, rather than let ...
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Should I verify installer file PGP hash?

Let's say that I'll download an installer for a program on Windows and the publisher has released PGP Signature for the file. The installer file does not have any code signing certificates. If I ...
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Tool for generating MD4 collisions

There are a lot of research papers available online that discuss vulnerabilities of MD4 algorithm, but I couldn't find any implementation of these. Uptill now I have used tools like John the Ripper ...
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How is a hash's algorithm detected based on the hash?

I was reading an Ars Technica article this morning and came across the following towards the end (emphasis mine): Equation Group included six other hashes in different exploits that remain unknown ...
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A secure way to encrypt a connection between 2 clients securing against both passive and active adversaries

Recently I got interested in encryption and the methods behind them. So for a fun / school project I am building a program in python to encrypt data between two clients (chat and files). I'm just ...
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Why there is a signed hash in Certificate request (.csr file)?

I wonder why there is a hash signed by private key in the CSR? It does prove that I have the private key that belongs to the public key in the .csr. But who cares whether I actually do possess the ...
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Virus - by-pass with binairies repackaging

Why don’t « hackers » (or more accurately, « virus maker ») just do repackaging over their malware to by-pass antivirus software? Because it resolves the issue of the virus signature (kind of hash), ...
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What part of the CSR is hashed in order to create its signature?

I'd like to change the CSR before it is transferred to the CA without going through the CSR creation process again. To do that I need to know how to calculate the signature of the CSR after I modified ...
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It is possible detecting threat by only with file information?

It is possible detecting threat by only with file information of a file like file's hash(md5,sha1,sha256, etc), file size, mime type, etc with ClamAV or Comodo AV for linux with shell command? It ...
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Are there any ways to leverage NTLM V2 hashes during a penetration test?

I am on a penetration test at the moment, where LM/NTMLv1 hashes are disabled. I have captured a number of NTLMv2 hashes via NBNS spoofing, however was unable to crack them after running them through ...
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Truncating hash output for a unique ID

This seems like a common question, but my knowledge on hashing is very limited, so I'm looking for a more ELI5-type answer. I would appreciate if someone could help me with my questions Some ...
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Given Hash digest, calculating any random input

I understand that for a hash function there are an infinite amount of possible inputs that could produce a specific output. So if you're trying to find a specific input that created an output that ...
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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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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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Cracking office documents and other hashes using clusters? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out how I should go about testing this I just got donated 18 older hp systems that have 4 gigs of ram, and intel core 2 duo processors I believe that they are the ones that came ...
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which memory hard hashing algorithm can equalize low-computational and high-computational power devices to utilize blockchain in the IoT?

Recently IBM and Microsoft showed their interest (IBM post, Microsoft post) in utilizing bitcoin's blockchain for internet of things (IoT) development. Let's assume that in close future the blockchain ...
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inquiry about SHA1 with RSA for certificate signature

As you all know, plenty of X.509 Certificates use (PKCS#1 SHA1 with RSA encryption) as the Certificate Signature Algorithm for generating the signature of 2048 Bits long. We know that SHA1 hash ...
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find out the algorithm based on some examples?

I have an OTP generator that receive two numbers less than 99 as input and return an 8 digit number as its output. I know it has a simple algorithm. because its processor is just an ATMEGA8 micro ...
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Are credit card number look ups more secure with a hash function than with a deterministic encryption algorithm?

I understand PCI DSS 3.0 allows hashes of cardnumbers to be stored separately from encrypted values, but I'm startled at the efficiency of tools like hashcat in discovering card numbers from hashed ...
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What are the differences between an encryption seed and salt?

Today I had a hard time explaining the difference to a friend. I know seeds are used when generating "random" strings. And salts are used when providing different outcomes to a hash. What is a ...
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Hashing a password, and summing it with every byte in a file. How secure?

I have a text document with all my usernames and passwords in it sitting on my desktop. I decided to spend a couple hours making that more secure. I wrote a program for the purpose. It takes a ...
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Randomness of hash token in password reset link [duplicate]

I want to know what are the points to be kept in mind while creating a hash token for my password reset links. In particular, how to make it un-predictable for an attacker?
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Is there any benefit to hashing sortcodes + account numbers?

We have a database of sort codes (6 digit numbers) and account numbers (8 digit numbers) that we use to reconcile monthly accounts with the table of supporters. There is nothing in the data received ...
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HMACs that have the same key and message

im using HMACSHA256 to generate the hash of password and store it. the objective here is to just authenticate users, i.e - save their hashed passwords, and validate users whenever needed using the ...
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Can NSA generate all hashes for rainbow table to break md5?

I was wondering about md5 encryption. It is good, and I agree that it is unbreakable. But this is why we have rainbow tables. What if bunch of people gather together and start brute forcing and ...
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How does Dropbox actually protect against sharing copyrighted content?

This TechCrunch article discusses how Dropbox uses hashing to check whether you're sharing copyrighted material "without actually looking at your stuff." Specifically, they offer the following ...
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TLS 1.2 Handshake: How is the ECDHE public key signed by server?

I am dealing with a situation where a cipher option, such as ECDHE-ECDSA-AES128-SHA, is chosen for establishing a TLS connection. In this case, a server, when sending the ServerKeyExchange message to ...
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How to compare passwords with duplicate password

On Steam, the gaming client, I have this habit of creating multiple "smurf" accounts. I have a randomly-generated, unique password, and I decided to use the same password for all of my multiple ...
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Content-Security-Policy hash of script

<?php header("Content-Security-Policy: default-src 'sha256-".base64_encode(hash('sha256', 'console.log("Hello world");', true))."'"); ?> <script>console.log("Hello world");</script> ...