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

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Throttling failed login attempts: exponential timeout? by IP? using a session cookie? captcha?

I'm beginning to think this is not as simple as it looks, and many "accepted" answers here and in SO have alternative answers that criticize them. Here is what I have gathered so far Most of what I ...
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Reset password - should I prevent abusing it?

My assumption is that resetting password is only a security issue if an attacker gained access to the user's email. But I was wondering, what if someone simply abuses it (e.g. sends a "reset ...
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Webmail host knows my password

I forgot the password to a webmail account and they didn't have an automated password recovery process. So I had to chat with their support and they asked a few verification questions then proceeded ...
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uninstall and reinstall after hacking [closed]

My computer has been hacked. If I uninstall and reinstall do I loose my files? The facebook tech tried to sell me a number of pkgs ranged $149-$299 and told me that my account was hacked as was my ...
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How do you log in from an unsecured computer?

Suppose that you are on a cybercafe, at a friend's home or at your work office, and you need to log in on a site, but you feel that the the computer can not be trusted (e.g. your friend isn't ...
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Practices for storing username/password in Web applications

I have read the following question: Storing password in Java application but I don't find the answers useful for my case. So here is my question somehow related to that. I have a Java Web application ...
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Reversible password storage obfuscation method for third-party login credentials

I have an internal business application, that as part of its functionality connects to a third-party app using login credentials specific to the user of my own app. These passwords are stored in a ...
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Should I use a Firefox master password or NTFS encrypt my profile?

As a follow-up to another question, is the encryption via Firefox' master password more secure than simply NTFS encrypting the profile folder? I.e. is there a convincing reason to add the ...
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How can I avoid putting the database password in a perl script?

I have a cronned perl script that connects to our database and does various kinds of lookups and integrity checks. The original script was written by someone long ago. My job is to make some changes ...
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Storing password in Java application

What is best secure way to store passwords in Java web application? I am not talking about password to the DB, so it must be stored in de-cryptable way. It’s cloud environment and I need to protect ...
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Could browsers improve security of stored passwords by using setuid?

On Unix-esque systems, Mozilla Firefox stores a users' preferences, web history and stored passwords in a set of files that are readible and writeable by that particular user. This makes sense: when ...
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How does KeePass master key derivation increase security?

I don't understand how KeePass key derivation increases the security of the password db at all. First I'll try to explain what I understood from the key derivation described here. I'll use some pseudo ...
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Is TrueCrypt safe enough to store clear-text-passwords?

The reason: I want to be able to use a portable USB drive to access my passwords on any machine and OS. TrueCrypt seems to be the only program that has sufficient support on all major platforms. So I ...
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Requiring regular password change but storing previous paswords?

My bank requires me to change my password regularly but then they can detect if my password was used before. They probably store the old password (possibly hashed) in order to detect it. I think this ...
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Hash function change

I have user account passwords stored in a database using an unsafe (old) cryptographic hash function. What is the best/usual approach to changing password hash function? Only two ideas come to my ...
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Does LastPass' multi-device functionality significantly compromise its security?

I think LastPass is a great consumer product because it allows users to conveniently utilize unique strong passwords for each site they use it with. It does encryption locally, but the fact that I can ...
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How to make an outbound request to users to update their passwords?

Clearly it works best if the request to update a password happens as a response to an inbound request to access a known system, but how do you make an outbound request to users to update their ...
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Why do some large companies still store passwords in plain text/decrypt-able format? [closed]

In the last couple of weeks I've come across two fairly large companies who seem to not have stringent password security: Tesco - they store passwords in an "encrypted" format, yet they can decrypt ...
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For what do I hash user passwords with PDKDF2 when the user data is stored in the same database?

I'm hashing the passwors of my users with PDKDF2 right now. A user can gain access to his account with his password. When the user is logged in he can edit his personal information and do other stuff ...
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Sample challenge questions for use with self service password reset and validation

I'm building a secure password recovery feature similar to the one described here. During the final phase of the password recovery, the user is asked a recovery question to verify their identity. ...
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How should I store a password to allow people to enter single characters from it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do some sites (e.g. online banks) only ask for specific characters from a password without storing it as plaintext? Some banking applications ask for random letters ...
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Securely tell the user his password in new WHM/Cpanel account creation?

I understand it's not safe to send passwords via email but when accounts are created via WHM/Cpanel, I have to let the user know what password I created for them. How can I relay the password safely?
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Is there more to password hashing?

You have a plain text password and salt. The plain text password is assumed to be securely random and only known by the user and the salt is no secret and not necessarily unique but stored alongside ...
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How can passwords be stolen from Yahoo?

I always understood that servers don't actually store user passwords. Instead, they store hashes of passwords and then they validate the user input by applying the hash function, then compare the ...
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Are there any regulations against financial companies storing passwords in plaintext?

A bank that I use stores my password in cleartext or perhaps using reverisible encryption, which is just as bad. I know this because when you click "Forgot your password?" (or similar) link, it ...
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Logic for generating Strong Password?

I try to encrypt password using MD5 but there are decoders for MD5. So I'm worried about encryption of password for big website. Is there any logical suggestion or step function to generate strong ...
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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 there any explanation (other than storing plaintext) for case-insensitive passwords?

I've come across a few organisations stating that passwords are case-insensitive. Obviously this is ridiculous, and a gigantic red flag from a security point of view. Is there any explanation for why ...
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Seeking advice on how to build a box to brute force hashes? [closed]

I work in a startup security firm, and I need to build a GPU-based to brute force password/hashes, which can be used to validate password strength and test hashing algorithms. I expect some high ...
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is it appropriate to set restrictions on a user's password? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase? Im developing a website and am curious as to the current trends in the nature of passwords. Is it good ...
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Trying to understand password hashing

I am trying to get a grasp of password hashing. Back in the days it seemed so simple, just MD5(password + salt) and you are done. Then md5 was proven to have collisions so people started moving to ...
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What is the most secure way to recover password online? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can anyone provide references for implementing web application self password reset mechanisms properly? I have website which sends generated password to any person who ...
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Does the salt need to be unique or not predictable?

I always thought that salts is simply used to prevent rainbow tables to be used. Other have suggest they should be unique on a per account basis. Currently i have been using a config file to use as ...
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To salt, or not to salt? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is using salt more secure? Why would salt not have prevented LinkedIn passwords from getting cracked? Recently I decided that I wanted to learn more about web ...
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What encryption hash function I should use for password securing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to securely hash passwords? What is the best encryption algorithm? MD5, SHA1, SHA2 or maybe something else? Can you explain me why?
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Why Disallow Special Characters In a Password?

The culprit in this case is a particular (and particularly large) bank that does not allow special characters (of any sort) in their passwords: Just [a-Z 1-9]. Is their any valid reason for doing ...
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SASL Authentication Protocol with No Cleartext passwords

As you know, LDAP supports three authentication mechanisms: anonymous, simple and SASL. The first one is only suitable for particular cases, and therefore I'm not going to talk about that. The ...
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Storing password hashes without a correlation to the user account

I read an interesting article about an alternative way to store password hashes ans was rather intrigued. A better way to store password hashes? The primary concept is having a large table full of ...
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In what situations are web services required to protect confidentiality of user information?

I know that if a web application needs to be PCI-DSS or HIPAA compliant the user personal identifiable information (e.g. user password, etc) needs to be kept confidential. Under what other situations ...
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Long Passwords: How are they more secure? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase? How are long passwords more secure? The only situation in which I can accept long passwords are more ...
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Is it common practice to log rejected passwords?

While selecting unique passwords for each purpose is a great idea, in practice this rarely happens. Therefore many select passwords from a personal pool of passwords that are easily remembered. When ...
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Why do password strength requirements exist?

Password strength is now everything, and they force you to come up with passwords with digits, special characters, upper-case letters and whatnot. Apart from being a usability nightmare (even I as a ...
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Send new password by email is bad practice but what to do if user forgot his password?

According to http://plaintextoffenders.com/post/7006690494/whats-so-wrong-about-sending-a-new-password-in it's bad so what to do ? Just ask him to set a new one ?
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LastPass application architecture

I'm trying to find details on the application architecture of the Lastpass browser app for Firefox and Chrome. All that seems to be out there is this security analysis: ...
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Why would you do a password audit

I was thinking last night after reading an article about pen testing and security audits, why would you get a list of all the passwords for the company you are auditing and put them through a piece of ...
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Storing passwords online using Gmail documents

Following this discussion about "Online Passwords Managers" I wonder whether it is a good idea to store the passwords using a spreadsheet inside Gmail documents? I mean, it seems to me that these ...
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What's the idea behind requiring users to change password periodically? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does changing your password every 90 days increase security? Some sites require users to change their password every x days. For example, at least 3 online banking ...
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Why would salt not have prevented LinkedIn passwords from getting cracked?

In this interview posted on Krebs on Security, this question was asked and answered: BK: I’ve heard people say, you know this probably would not have happened if LinkedIn and others had salted ...
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Which cross-platform password managers support encryption using a hardware token?

I am looking for a really secure password manager and I really like the fact that Password Safe supports encryption/decryption using a Yubikey programmed in challenge-response mode. Read more here: ...
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Is LastPass' locally stored One-Time-Password recovery a security problem?

If you forget your LastPass master password then LastPass provides the possibility to recover access to your vault using a One-Time-Password (OTP) which is stored locally but is initially disabled. ...