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Cracking WPA2 using Intel HD Graphics GPU [migrated]

I use Linux Kali and yesterday have captured a WPA handshake of my network. I want to crack it's password - but my CPU with aircrack-ng checks only about 2000 keys per second. In my laptop I have got ...
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SIP Provider stores credentials, is it required for some SIP phones?

My SIP provider stores my SIP call time password as AES encrypted in stead of hashed. I understand that SIP authentication has the capability to NOT store the password, and in stead store a ...
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How effective are password checking websites? [duplicate]

I typed the following password in howsecureismypassword.net: yummy candy yummy It said it would take 100 billion years for a personal computer to crack. Is this accurate? Even though it has English ...
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Encrypted retrievable password

I have a password conundrum. I need to store an encrypted password in a DB table but in such a manner that would allow me to retrieve the password as plain text afterwards. Please note that this is a ...
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Configuration file with 12-character XML-encoded passwords [on hold]

I have received a configuration file with 3 passwords I'm trying to crack. However, I'm having a hard time determining what hashing/encryption mechanisms are used for the passwords. The cipher ...
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Can you tell me the best tool to reset PC window password? [on hold]

I forgot my PC windows password and want to reset it so can you tell me the best process or tool to reset PC windows forgotten password?
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Is it possible to get the salt if I have the hash and original password?

Is it possible to get the salt if I have the hash and original password? My gut feeling is no, but would it be impossible or will it just take very long?
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bscrypt,scrypt v/s iterative SHA-x [duplicate]

Both bcrypt and scrypt hashing algorithms are designed to increase the resources required during the computation. Hashing passwords with these algorithms can be beneficial as it makes the task of an ...
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Feeding PBKDF2 to SRP verifier creation

There is an older game that solely uses UDP to communicate, and I wanted to add password authentication to the game to facilitate things like experience points and rankings. To this end, I decided to ...
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What is preventing us to start using scrypt in production ?

After a lot of reading the expert opinion on password hashing, I understand that scrypt (which is both memory hard and CPU intensive) is a good candidate for password hashing. But I saw the experts ...
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Key's random art image is mostly black

I have generated an SSH key on Ubuntu 10.04 with ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "example@example.com" and the key's random art image comes out mostly empty (modified slightly): +--[ RSA 2048]----+ | ...
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How to suspend a silent oberserver from Facebook account?

A friend of mine told me about the following problem: She used to login on Facebook on a computer of her boyfriend. After they broke up she recognized that he was able to login to her account from his ...
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Password automatically typed into user box on facebook [closed]

Just want to ask some questions regarding on this strange experience while logging on my account on Facebook There are cases that I'm accidentally typing my password into the username box of the ...
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How many passwords should I have? [closed]

So I am upgrading my personal security. Most passwords that I use are generated by and stored in a password manager. There are a few places where I cannot use a password manager -- here, I plan to ...
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Finding Plaintext Password Repositories [closed]

I came across a file, that was used by our tech support, to store all generic usernames and passwords in them for use with new systems. (Our company has been trained on the use of other Password ...
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Are passwords stored in the cookie? encrypted?

Whenever I connect to security.stack.exchange, I am automatically logged in. I haven't allowed the browser to store my password. When I delete all cookies stored by the security.stack.exchange, I have ...
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Security of pronounceable passwords

Some random password generators support the generation of pronounceable words of any given length n. Assuming that words are derived using 26 lowercase letters, the number of possible words of length ...
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How Windows Server 2008 Stores Local Users Passwords?

It is not clear to me how Windows Srver 2008 R8 stores local account passwords. Is there any salt added or just NT hash is computed and stored. The following article describes all the methods used by ...
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Is Google's password recovery by entering an old password a bad practice?

When you try and recover your password on Google, you will eventually stumble across this screen, and it made me wonder: Isn't this type of password recovery from Google essentially the same as ...
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SSH key auth, but still need password for sudo?

SSH with public-private key authentication comes enabled by default with most Linux distributions. This is great because when I create accounts for remote users I don't have to email them sensitive ...
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Regarding Windows password and Chromes Remember password Feature

Google Chrome browser helps in password management by prompting users to remember their passwords for the websites. These saved passwords can be accessed from the browsers "settings" menu, and to do ...
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Why should I have secure passwords for sites that I pay bills on?

What's the worst that can happen, the hackers will pay my bills for me? Assume that this isn't a malicious hacker out to disconnect my electricity. What kind of concerns are there for my finances, ...
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How different should my passwords be? [duplicate]

Suppose I use remember one long high entropy master password, and use variations of it for each of my passwords. Eg if I remember tSaF4nWeACVkUU4 as a master password and use tSaF4nWeACVkUU4t (with a ...
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John the Ripper password cracker is viable?

Is this still viable? I remember using this when it just worked in shells. http://www.openwall.com/john/
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Similarity comparisons with hashed passwords possible?

At a company I worked at, I had to change my password every 90 days and I could only reuse a password after 8 iterations. This no-reusal included passwords being too similar to the old one, e.g. when ...
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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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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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Domain socket authentication as in MySQL and PostgreSQL secure?

Are authentication mechanisms based on UNIX domain sockets (Linux) secure? And more specifically, are the respective MySQL and PostgreSQL implementations on Linux secure? The background for my ...
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Question about a simple strong password management system

I am designing a system which requires access control via a strong password and for that purpose will use a password generation algorithm A that produces a strong password of length L >= 32. The ...
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ICloud and Quality Password [duplicate]

How many 'random' characters should my iCloud password be if it were going up against the BEST hackers and the best hacking software?
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Is digested password safer than salted password?

which scheme is the better one in your opinion? I know that both are secure but which is better one? I know that digested passwords are very difficult or even impossible to decrypt. Thanks for your ...
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Multi hash security [duplicate]

Is md5(sha1(pass)) more secure than md5(pass)? For example in case of sqli when attacker cant get our hashing schema, brute force or dictionary attack would be much less efficient. Am i right or is it ...
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Thunderbird password decryption from the signons.sqlite and keys3.db without using any third party tools

I understand from the Mozilla documentations that the passwords are stored in the following two files which are located at ~/.thunderbird/*.default location: ( I use Ubuntu 13.10) signons.sqlite ...
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Best way to store/retrieve sensitive key files?

We have our web servers running in AWS EC2. We have about 30 API Keys/passwords/etc (sensitive data) which is set in the environment for our app to use. Whenever we deploy, we start a new server ...
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Perfectly Robust Hashing Scheme, or Completely Over-Engineered?

This is going to get long, so prepare. Basis of the question is, Do all these steps improve security, or am I completely overthinking the problem? Are my assumptions/thought process valid? We all ...
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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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How to deal with password schemes that can produce weak passwords?

Introduction Since the xkcd note on password strength, there has been a lot of attention for password entropy. However, this raised the question: what if you used a strong scheme, but happened to ...
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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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Is the password “Z” more secure than the password “a”? [duplicate]

Okay, I guess it's not possible to call one-letter-passwords "secure" - so let's compare ZZZZZZZZZZ with aaaaaaaaaa. Both are using the same character pool [A-z], so the number of combinations for a ...
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Should email verification be followed by password-based login? Why?

[This is a duplicate, considered off-topic at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26564992/should-email-verification-be-followed-by-password-based-login-why] A typical account creation process seems ...
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oclHashcat error messag in Kali Linux

I am in the process of learning oclHashcat syntax. Currently, I am working on breaking a file of md5crypt strings with a dictionary file. The dictionary I am using is rockyou.txt from an installation ...
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Has a plaintext password ever been used in a court of law as evidence to a crime?

Regardless of how the password was obtained (decryption, bad hashing, confession): Are there any prior known cases where the contents of the password was used to prove motive or guilt? Or, looking ...
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Why require new users to change password?

I have noticed that it is common practice when setting up a user account (Windows users accounts and Google Apps user accounts in my case) to require new users to create their own password immediately ...
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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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Facebook security

I check my security settings (from my Facebook acc.) from time to time, and sometimes I see there are IP addresses which logged into my account but don't belong to me. When I look in the web who is ...
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One liner to create passwords in linux?

How do you create a readable password using bash with one line? What if i'm looking for 128 bits of entropy? EDIT By readable I mean the 94 printable ascii characters (without space). It can use ...
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Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail , and so on; How do they check the content of an attached password-protected archived file like Winrar?

How is it possible that mailing systems like Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail are able to check the content of an attached password-protected archived file like WINRAR, if the password cannot be guessed, ...
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Is the option to jump to blanks in password fields a security risk?

Using Ctrl + ← / →, it's a common behavior across different operating systems to jump from word to word (or from blank to blank) in text input fields. Now I've discovered that this also applies on ...
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What is the simplest safe way to convey a password to another person? [duplicate]

What is the easiest way for two people – neither of whom are computer specialists and cannot meet in person – to send a password for an encrypted file that is attached to an email? The two simplest ...