The functions performed by the person or processes responsible for security of passwords on a given system.

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Is upgrading key-stretching algorithms and/or repetitions a thing?

Consider back in the 90s you're ahead of the curve, you hashed and salted your passwords with SHA, and you're a big site, millions of accounts, etc. Well the web evolves, and over time more advanced ...
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Should we rethink our entire password strategy? [closed]

Passwords get discussed a lot on this site, and there's quite a lot for both users and sites to do, to stay in line with "best practice". Web sites need a password strength policy, account lockout ...
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comparing password hashing algorithms - PoC ideas?

OK so I just started working for a security consulting firm and we recommend SHA 256 (with salt) for password hashing because MD5 is too weak. I have read some brilliant answers (the list is too ...
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Is storing passwords associated with system processes and binaries in an encoded format acceptable?

When a system must go from a powered down state to a fully operational state without any human intervention it therefore needs access to usable authentication credentials unattended. The system must ...
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Is it safe to keep passwords in an Evernote note?

I would like to keep a password matrix in an Evernote note. I would like to ask for feedback on the security of that storage.
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Implementing password-reset in a web application by authtoken over email

I think I have a basic understanding of security concerns, but I feel like if I don't know everything, I'm going to implement lousy solutions. Below is my current strategy; Have I overlooked obvious ...
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Does SSH authorized_keys violate the principle of “re-authenticate before password change”?

It is generally accepted that password change mechanisms should ask the user for their old password (e.g. OWASP) The reason being that an attacker who has temporary access to a user's session (be it ...
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Can users make use of a password manager when banks tell them never to write passwords down?

Consider a user who wants to use a password manager for their banking passwords. Advice from banks usually says they should never write down their password. The user would be concerned about going ...
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How do I migrate users with shared email addresses to an email-based forgotten password process?

I'm migrating users from custom application-level authentication security (built into the app, using username as the unique identifier) to security as a service (using ThinkTecture's Identity Server ...
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Guidance for “image based” password reset challenge

Thycotic has a Password Reset Server that allows the user to select from several images. What general guidance is there for an image-based password reset challenge question? Examples may include ...
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Enforcing password change

When a site gets hacked, or otherwise, the web site forces you to change your password. This is done by simply telling you to change your password, not enforcing it. Why do they do that? For ...
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Definitely safest password storage scheme?

I already asked this on StackOverflow but I was suggested this would be a better suited place and I found no way to "move" the question so I have to copy it. Believe, I know, there are hundreds ...
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ISO and Password Security

I have to go through background check. The company providing the service to the client is called Verifications, Inc. Verifications, Inc claims to have a data security plan, ISO certification and US ...
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Automatic vs Manual

When it comes to technologies that directly affect information security, how do you determine when it is better to use an automatic option instead of a manual option, and vice versa? I already feel ...
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Asymmetric Data Storage+ No-Hash Password Storage?

Edit: removed a part of the original question; I'll break it down in a different post. I am following @Polynomial's answer to store information in a database. Here are my requirements: Only the ...
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Is it secure to have two password managers?

For various reasons I use both Keepass 2 and Lastpass. They have 90% the same password database. Is it secure to be using and maintaining both of them? Is it secure if they both use the same password ...
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Should I obfuscate passwords before hashing? Should I pre-hash them on the client? What about salts?

For fun, and in my spare time I'm creating a simple CMS for my own purposes (with hopes to release for wider use... later), using PHP. I'm currently working on the login scheme now, and have a few ...
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Hashing speed with true random passwords

Just a theoretical question: If I had ideal users, who all provide fully random 128-bit passwords, And also, I invalidate every password shorter than 128 bits. Then would I still need a slow hash ...
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encfs and passwords

I notice that encfs fails to mount a filesystem when a wrong password is entered. However, this capability of detecting whether a password is right or wrong can allow brute-force attacks to be ...
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how to use hash passwords to retrieve keys from keystore or access database

How do I hash the password for a keystore? How do I then use the hash to retrieve something from keystore? Similarly, how do I use a hashed password for accessing the database? I have encrypted the ...
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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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How do you manage credentials to multiple remote systems?

We are a vendor that provides software to the healthcare industry, and our application is locally hosted on customer infrastructure. As such, we are provided with VPN access in order to be able to ...
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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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How to get a 'million rounds of PKCS#8 + PBKDF2' with OpenSSL?

I posted this question Is a passphrase-protected SSH private key susceptible to a dictionary attack? a few days back. An excerpt from the final answer: With PKCS#8 + PBKDF2 and one million ...
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How do password suites store and encrypt their metadata and prevent attacks based on that knowledge?

If someone uses a password manager and tries to organize the credentials well, doesn't that make attacks easier? Let's assume an attacker has the encrypted credentials available for offline attacks, ...
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Is saving passwords in Chrome as safe as using LastPass if you leave it signed in?

Justin Schuh defended Google's reasoning in the wake of this post detailing the "discovery" (sic) that passwords saved in the Chrome password manager can be viewed in plaintext. Let me just directly ...
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API to change passwords?

After I learned last week that the login data of some of my accounts was leaked, I had to change my passwords for more than 30 sites. That was tedious! As luck would have it, some days later we ...
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How to minimize security risk when having to work with decrypted (plain text) passwords due to 3rd party API design

I'm developing an application (C#) for Microsoft SharePoint platform that uses SQL Server's (2008 R2) Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) technology. To accomplish certain client-side tasks, I must obtain ...
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The Problem with Changing All Passwords for HeartBleed [duplicate]

One thing that's been bugging me in relation to the discovery of the Heartbleed OpenSSL flaw is the recommendation that everyone should run to their computers in a panic and change all of their ...
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Encrypting passwords?

I am planning on creating a text file to store my passwords, so I only need to remember 1 password (at the moment, I have about 20 long/complex passwords in my mind, and am worried that I might forget ...
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Password Managers: encrypted database vs hashing strategy

I'm considering moving to a password-management strategy based on supergenpass or something similar. This is an alternative to other password managers where instead of having a database of passwords ...
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Is there a decentralized version of LastPass?

I am using LastPass for managing passwords on multiple computers. However, LastPass extension (at least the chrome version) is running some opaque binary code through Native Client, and I just feel ...
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are there serious weaknesses in this free password management system?

I want to protect my passwords for free and store them on a machine that might get stolen but have the passwords very securely backed-up in the cloud, again for free, and minimize the total lifetime ...
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Bank accepts different password to the one that I set

I'm not particularly well versed in IT security so please bear with me. I recently discovered that my bank's online system will accept passwords that consist of the correct password, and a string of ...
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Is there an anti virus that protects processes from being injected code to?

As title says, is there an av that does that? And if not, is there any other program that protects processes like lsass in windows, apart from protected process utility in win8.1?
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Digital signature based authentication schema using two passwords

I'm working on an authentication system for a web based Bitcoin-related service. As part of the service, users do some less sensitive operations (mostly reading and sending various types of ...
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Is it safe to back up passwords to the “cloud”

I have a small Truecrypt volume that contains just my password data (using Bruce Schneier's Password Safe application). I'd like an offsite, secure, backup of that Truecrypt volume. Currently, I am ...
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How do you secure service account password on enterprise windows enviroment?

I'm suppose to have a large environment ( 500+ servers ) all Windows based joined to Active Directory domain. Some domain accounts are used for application\middleware authentication that needs high ...
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Multiple user encryption-key store

Let's say I have an application that accesses an encrypted datastore, and I want the admins to be able to unlock the datastore upon application startup (and then the application will have access to ...
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How does LM hash deal with passwords that are between 8 and 13 chars

If its 14 then it splits it to 7&7, but how about 13 characters? 7&6? How does it work?
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How often should I reset my salt?

I'm thinking of implementing a salt recycling scheme on my user credentials database. The motivation behind this decision is that even if the attacker manages to get his hands on the database and has ...
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How do big companies and wealthy people secure their information? And how can I secure mine?

I've recently had some success and traffic increase with an online business I own and due to that someone has hacked my domain email and twitter accounts. My bank password is the same and I just ...
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Webpage sent me my password in clear text can it be secure? [duplicate]

I registered for a webpage years ago and have been using it without issues, today I made some changes to my account and they sent me an email containing my username and password in clear text. I ...
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Is checking against password lists a good way to enforce a secure password policy and possibly detect dictionary attacks on a web-based app?

I have written a script to check a given password against a ~65 million long list of passwords collated from various lists released after hacking attempts. I am thinking about incorporating it into ...
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Why is it not standard practice to run password-based KDF's client-side?

In most protocols I have encountered in which a passphrase is used for authentication it is stored not in plaintext, but a PBKDF digest of it instead. This is obviously good. However what does not ...
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Password Recovery - what if user can't complete 2nd step?

I'm thinking out my password recovery logic for an ecommerce system. Some backround: Passwords are stored using bcrypt, password recovery involves the standard reset link, which then can be used to ...
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Alternative to security questions for account recovery when email isn't an option

I'm working on a project whereby a certain level of anonymity is required for users. One of stipulations is that no email is used at all, as it makes the barrier to entry too high for people who want ...
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Logging in after password reset email sent (but not acted on)

Should a user be allowed to request a password reset email and then log in (i.e. disregarding the reset email and using their existing password) or should the current account be locked until the ...
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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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How to avoid scripts with hardcoded password? [duplicate]

I have some scripts on Ubuntu Linux machine that logs in to a database server to run some maintenance daily. To login to the database, I need a password and right now it is hardcoded in the script. ...