A set of requirements regarding password creation, storage, and usage. These requirements often constrain several characteristics of passwords. So, a password policy is a set of rules designed to enhance computer security by encouraging users to employ strong passwords and use them properly.

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Does too long a salt reduce the security of a stored password hash?

Suppose we have passwords that are statistically 7-8 characters long. Is appending a 200 character long salt less secure than a 5 character salt, because of the similar hash function inputs? I was ...
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Securing my website and making it Internal use only. Only open to specific usernames/pass [on hold]

I'm trying to learn how to build a website that would be for internal use only for myself and few of my coworkers. It will be more of a place where i post up tutorials +videos for my coworkers. I want ...
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Is there a FIPS 181 like standard for random password generation with alphanumerical seed?

NIST recommends FIPS 181 as a random password generator for "easy to remember" passwords. As far as I understand the standard: it will generate a password that is lowercase, and with some ...
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Pronounceable Password Generator

I am currently looking for a password generator which produces pronounceable passwords. I have used this random password generator a few years ago to generate a 42 characters long password and found ...
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Password history with PBKDF2

Scenario: Cannot use previous 15 passwords Using PBKDF2 with iterations targeting 1 second execution time In this scenario, when a user wishes to create a new password, the server must combine ...
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Including and storing the order of character entry in a password as an enhanced security measure

I'm sure I will be quickly corrected if this is a stupid idea, or if it has already been tried. My question is: has this idea been tried before? If not, are there good reasons it would not work, or ...
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Can I force unique passwords for domain admin accounts?

Best practices would dictate that domain admins should not be logged into as such for daily tasks. Ideally the user would have two accounts; Their "daily" account and their domain admin account. How ...
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What are the pitfalls of repeating a password multiple times for increased length and entropy?

Many of us are familiar with this comic. If I had a word like "catfish" and just repeated it an arbitrary amount of times, say n, it would be theoretically stronger. Wouldn't it? One pitfall I ...
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MySql root password stored in .my.cnf

Before launch of a project, I reset the server's mysql root password. The colo that is hosting project wants the server's root database password stored in the .my.cnf file, in plain text, with the ...
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Do we really need a long and complicated password for websites?

Most of websites that handle important information (Gmail, for instance) have some kind of brute force protection. Sometimes if you try more than X times it will lock the account or at least give you ...
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What are the weaknesses of my authentication scheme?

So, recently, after going through some infosec training (FutureLearn's Introduction to Cyber Security, which I heavily recommend as well-explained newbie material), I decided to take the plunge and ...
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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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Do bad passwords produce bad salted hashes?

When you have a password stored in a database that has been strongly hashed and salted does it really matter if the underlying user password is weak? If you setup features like limiting login ...
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Sequential password updates

Let's say I have a reasonable KDF, and that I make users change their passwords periodically and keep some old password hashes to prevent password reuse. What's to stop the user from changing the ...
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What is the solution for handling exceptions in password hashing schemes?

There is a technique called password hashing that describes creating unique passwords based on a unique master key and a static and arbitrary hash value. Using this technique, the user only has to ...
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Passwords: Symbols and length > 20 disallowed [duplicate]

I'm going through a bunch of accounts at the moment changing my passwords, some of them are looking a little weak and i've reused them, but i keep coming across websites that don't allow you to use ...
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What technical reasons are there to have low maximum password lengths?

I have always wondered why so many websites have very firm restrictions on password length (exactly 8 characters, up to 8 characters, etc). These tend to be banks or other sites I actually care about ...
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Are single case alphanumeric passwords the most user friendly?

We are often advised, or required, to compose passwords containing all of the following: numerals, lower case letters, upper case letters and some special characters. In my view this is not the best ...
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Is it ok for software to store passwords locally in plain-text?

There are already plenty of questions about what to do when websites store plain-text passwords. But this one is a little different. I use a piece of open-source (see below) software for playing ...
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Could Mental Cryptography(?) be useful to ordinary users?

I recently read about 'Mental cryptography' or 'Metal hash' process from this post: Mental cryptography and good passwords (via this message board ...
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New payment option on Paypal “Enter your online banking ID + password”: Any mechanism that could make this safe?

Paypal has a new payment option called "Bank Account" which says: Enter your online banking ID + password QUESTION: To me it sounds unsafe (ie: sends my password to a third-party organization ...
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Does a random set of secondary passwords add any security?

My bank uses this rather uncommon policy of authentication. They of course have a password, which has quite strong password patterns like "use alphanumeric characters and symbols, 8+ characters" are ...
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Does Username + Password + Pin improve login security?

I've been asked to add a feature to a website to require a pin for users. The site currently uses username and password. If a user wants to change their password they need to supply the current ...
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How secure is this method to remember security questions?

So I found an interesting method of remembering those pesky security questions. Basically, the guy takes a hash of the question (IE what is your mother's maiden name?) and then appends his own ...
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What is the point in having arbitrary username requirements?

I've looked around on Security.SE, but couldn't find much related to the following problem: I recently signed up for Chase Quick Pay as my method of being paid by a part-time job. I've heard of ...
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Are weak passwords acceptable for internal development?

We have a number of internal development environments that use weak passwords in the Auth and SQL components; particularly using passwords such as "password" or "Password1". These are obviously ...
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How to easily remember lots of different passwords?

I know that you shouldn’t use the same password on every site. But, when you log into several dozen sites, keeping track of all the passwords can be pretty hard. What system do you recommend that ...
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Authentication with an untrusted server

I asked a related question earlier, but I want to ask a broader version this time: To simplify things let's say I've developed an application that allows users to send messages in a chat room, and to ...
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The registration confirmation email contains my password: do they keep it in plaintext?

I was kind of shocked when I just received my confirmation mail from the shop where I just registered myself: they sent my username (which is my email address) and the password I typed in. The ...
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Does the order of characters in a password matter to its security?

We all know a password should contain a healthy mixture of letters (upper and lower), numbers, and special characters. But does the randomness of their placement matter. Of course for letters it ...
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Importance of password strength with secure element?

Greetings SE security community. Background: I have a number of items like certificates, databases, and encrypted file systems that require private keys. In order to avoid having duplicates of these ...
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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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What implementations are possible for dual control?

An organization requires employees to use 2 person authentication in some scenarios. That is, when accessing, say, a server, secret knowledge from 2 people should be used for authentication. No one ...
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How could someone change a root password without modifying `chage -l root` date?

How could someone change the root password without changing chage -l root Last password change date? I know it was changed because it does not match the value in Keepass. I noticed when I tried to use ...
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Password reset system code system vs long hash

I'm building a password reset system at the moment and I've come across a dilema. Currently we have a system which creates a long md5 has (16 characters) and emails a link to a customer which they ...
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Aren't password managers still incredibly risky?

I understand the utility in having one application remember a bunch of long, randomized passwords, but all you'd need is one well-placed phishing scam or a keylogger and they get all the keys to the ...
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Why not allow spaces in a password?

"Your password can't contain spaces." is a message I see from some websites, including 1 . Why? (This question is very similar to Why Not Allow Special Characters In a Password? , but the answers ...
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Trusted Platform Module (TPM) secure password

I'm trying to set secure Trusted Platform Module (TPM) passwords on a network and would like to set it to the maximum length possible. How long can the TPM's password be? Is it limited by bits or by ...
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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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Should password recommendations be different for devices, networks, and internet?

I started using a password manager last year and updated nearly all of my internet accounts to super-strong, unique passwords, and that isn't a problem, cause I only access them from web browsers or ...
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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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Why would you not permit Q or Z in passwords?

Jetblue's password requirements specify that, among other stringent requirements: Cannot contain a Q or Z I can't fathom a logical reason for this, unless it were say, extremely common for the ...
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Why do websites limit password length? [duplicate]

I just made a new account with some eGov service (Belgian government). I use LastPass (which generates long, random strings for each site), But the system told me that the maximum allowed length was ...
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Is it possible to have a high confidence that a password is not being reused?

Have a few thoughts on the topic, but the general gist is if a user inputs a new password, is it possible to have a high confidence that a password is not being reused elsewhere? By elsewhere, I mean ...
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Best practice for forgot password form, ok to leak that a given e-mail is invalid

On our forgot password reset form, is it ok to leak that a given e-mail address entered is invalid? Or should we always just return success and check your e-mail, even if the e-mail is not valid. I ...
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Logging “password with counter” use

When prompted to update their passwords after they've become stale (whether that's after 30, 60, 90 days — whatever is implemented by policy), many users simply increment the number that they may have ...
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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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cleartext passphrase for keystore

How is passphrase for a keystore to be stored? we have all passwords encrypted and the key to encrypt is stored in keystore , so how is the passphrase for the keystore to be stored? in clear text? if ...
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What are the implications of an overly-restrictive password policy? [duplicate]

I came across an interesting password policy online recently: "Please be sure to enter a password that meets the following criteria: must be 8 characters long must not be based on dictionary words ...