Specific to the security of passwords: hashing, entropy, cracking, resets, lockouts, etc.

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Should I set a password for 'root'@'localhost' in MySQL?

The 'root'@'localhost' MySQL account can only be accessed by someone currently on the server hosting the MySQL server. Assuming that only the person or persons who are in charge of the MySQL server ...
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How does a password authentication over a TCP protocol actually work?

When coming up with a password based login protocol, many solutions come in mind: User sends password in plain text. Compute hash on Server, compare to hash in database. - Bad because attacker can ...
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Is it insecure to provide a hash of an AES password?

I have made some software that encrypts and decrypts files using AES. I was wondering if it is safe to write a hash of the password to the file so that the program can check if a password is correct. ...
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Is a ZIP file password easy to break? [duplicate]

I thought that ZIP file passwords were a fairly decent protection. I came across this video, that seems to indicate otherwise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqRSNuJSm4o [12 minutes view time] ...
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Reset links in password expiration emails

Our organization is rolling out yearly password expiration to our 40,000+ users this fall and we have been socializing this change for some time now. However being such a large organization, our users ...
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Make really personalised wordlist file

i want to make a really customised wordfile with: 4 letters first + 2 numbers example: divo11 or yeve11 And not like this: p0oiw1 or u4hf3e This wordfile is really important. How can I do it?
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How much is the entropy of a randomly generated password reduced if I regenerate until I get a password I like? [duplicate]

In many of the answers and comments on the well-known XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase? question, the importance was stressed of generating the password randomly, and ...
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run runas in a shell [migrated]

I'm playing with a Windows 7 VM that I own. I started a reverse shell with ncat as listener. I can run commands except runas. Whenever I try to switch to another user I got prompted for the password ...
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How secure is Snowden's MargaretThatcheris110%SEXY password?

In an extra from Edward Snowden's interview with John Oliver, Snowdon advises that a good password to use is one such as MargaretThatcheris110%SEXY.. Also, on the Errata Security blog, Robert Graham ...
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How to securely derive a second password specific to an user

I'm giving each of my users an unique Blocktrail wallet that is protected by two API keys (which the server knows) and one passphrase (unique to each wallet). I want the wallet's passphrase to be ...
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Is Django's approach to password reset tokens secure?

I am implementing a password reset feature for a web application and am contemplating adopting an implementation similar to Django. In a nutshell, Django creates a token who is comprised of a ...
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WifiPhisher not creating a fake access point

I recently came to know about WifiPhisher. To test it, I set up an access point using my Windows laptop and tried to obtain its password using this tool in my Ubuntu machine. So, when I run the ...
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How much does knowing the zxcvbn password strength help an attacker?

On an answer to the question How critical is it to keep your password length secret?, Mike Ounsworth commented that by storing the zxcvbn-calculated entropy of a password you make it easier for an ...
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How to detect a database leak

Website keep getting hacked every day and every now and then we hear website owners react and tell "affected users that their password might had been compromised". Most sites that disclose such leaks ...
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Save Password length after hash to minimize calculation

Reading this topic How critical is it to keep your password length secret? following scenario comes to my mind: Assume I've a web application (PHP written using password_hash()) using salted password ...
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How are leaked government credentials possible and what's the point?

In the wake of all these leaked/stolen/hacked government login/passwords being stolen it got me thinking. How is the leaking of these passwords even possible? Or are they of any real use? Aren't all ...
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Dump linux password in clear text

Is it possible to dump a Linux password in clear text format? In Windows it is possible to do so using "Windows Credential Editor".
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Bash scripting and password input

I am writing a bash script and prompt the user for his password. This password is supplied for either a local or domain account to query a MS SQL Server (using sqsh and freetds). How secure is the ...
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Best practices to store user credential on a SaaS webapp

What are all the basic best practices to store user informations on a database for a SaaS web application? I mean basically two things: usernames and passwords. that's it. Seems simple but I know ...
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My Virgin Media account password is visible in plaintext to call center staff. What do I do?

Whilst on the phone to support staff (about billing) to Virgin Media, perhaps the largest ISP and telecoms company in the UK, I was asked to confirm my password over the phone. I asked the advisor ...
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How critical is it to keep your password length secret?

Is keeping your password length secret critical to security? Does someone knowing that you have a password length of say 17 make the password drastically easier to brute force?
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What are the pros and cons of using sha256 to hash a password before passing it to bcrypt?

My apologies if this has already been asked. I recently became aware of the fact that bcrypt truncates passwords to 72 characters. Practically speaking my intuition is that this does not pose any ...
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Odd password scrambling algorithm

I'm researching an application that has password scrambling algorithm that I've not seen before. I generated a few passwords (the max. length allowed is 8 chars), and got the following results: ...
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Is it Safe to Send an Invalid Password Back to the Client?

It is common for websites to remember the username input value after an invalid login attempt but not the password input value. Take SE for instance. When I attempt to login with an invalid password: ...
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Why do so many banks have relatively weak e-banking security? [closed]

I follow a few infosec-related Twitter personalities: Paul Moore, Taylor Swift, Troy Hunt are the main 3. Paul Moore is currently in the process of switching banks, frequently tweeting and retweeting ...
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Password reset with lost email functionality

I have searched and viewed most of the other questions and answers about implementing forgot password functionality on a website. However, we have a unique situation. When a user registers an account ...
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Should I show the security answer when the user goes back to edit the field?

So when a user signs up to create an account, they are required to select select questions and enter security answers. Once they do that, they can proceed forward to a review page that shows them the ...
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Does verifying identity by positions in passwords mean passwords are stored unhashed? [duplicate]

If authentication occurs by asking the user for the characters at certain positions in the password (such as: give the 3rd and 7th character in the password), does this imply that passwords are stored ...
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Is hashed password safe if salt and key are stored with the hash

I am trying to hash the password using SHA256 with random salt and random key in php and storing back hash value with salt and key used. I want to know does this provide adequate safety? The ...
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Do WiFi passwords remain accessible significantly after logging in?

"... they'll go to the taskbar and look at the properties of the WiFi router to get the password." is a quote from another question on this site, and is in the context of WiFi passwords. The ...
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Line Length Exception in hashcat

I'm very new to cracking a password so sorry if I sound stupid. I am trying to get my admin password from my second PC (I lost it). I did find the SAM file with kali linux and with bkhive and samdump ...
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Saving username and pasword inside SQL

I am currently managing a network of around 100 PCs. Many users have different mails/usernames and passwords for different services like login to PC, mail, local applications, ... When an application ...
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Make password list with crunch [closed]

I want to make some password list like this : A4B9D It should has these : 5 characters first, third, and fifth characters are letters (A to Z) second and forth characters are numbers (0 to 9) ...
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What are the disadvantages of combining client-side and server-side authentication security?

Imagine situation: Application might or might not be run via SSL/TLS Application should not know password of the client because client might reuse passwords Wouldn't then combined client-side and ...
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Assuming proper creation, encryption, and storage, how is a breach/leak of a hash worriesome?

Let's say I create a pseudo-random password that is secure (24 alhpa numeric, upper lower, special chars...) for a system (say a password manager). Let's assume the password manager encrypts and ...
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What happens if an attacker steals my phone's IMEI number?

I have some questions regarding IMEI numbers and data and identity theft. While searching online I have found many conflicting answers regarding this topic and would like some clarification if ...
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How secure are “pattern” passwords?

I was watching a TED Talk about password security recently which covers quite a few different types of passwords and compares how secure they are and how easy they can be remembered. One type of ...
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Justifying strong 1st factor in the context of multi factor authentication — beyond passwords

I am wondering if you need strong 1st factor (for theoretical correctness, please note it is the knowledge factor -- not necessarily a password, but definitely also includes strong passwords)? What ...
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What technologies does ChromeOS use to secure saved passwords?

I have read that Chrome will use the system's native credential tools to manage saved passwords (e.g. KeyChain on OSX, libsecret on Linux/GNOME etc). Does anyone know what tools are used on ChromeOS? ...
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Desktop Flickers Past Lock Screen

I'm using Fedora 22 with Gnome 3. I have a password set for my user account, so when my laptop awakens from sleep, I am presented with the lock screen and must enter my password before getting to my ...
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Authentication between to devices where the same password is used on both

I'm writing two applications that are intended for execution on two separate devices. It is similar to a remote desktop solution such as TeamViewer. What follows below is my proposal for an ...
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Security behind “Windows Security” Feature

Within the Windows Security authentication mechanism active, there are cases the user-login popup comes up. Are this username and password sent encrypted or they are sent as plain-text as the ...
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How is Gmail susceptible to brute-force attacks?

In the Atlantic article "Hacked!" it says: My wife’s password was judged as “strong” when she first chose it for use with Gmail. But it was a combination of two short English words followed by ...
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Understanding salted password hashing using Java

Context: I am using this tutorial and trying to understand and implement salted password hashing using Java. After spending some time on this topic, I figured out that the basic idea is to: Convert ...
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Old phone as secure credential storage device

Can an old android phone (with sim card removed) be securely used as an OFFLINE storage device for password, user id's and acct numbers?
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I forgot my 7z password [closed]

I used 7zip to encrypt a 200mb archive of my code used a combination of some of 7 possible words and no numbers or caps. So 823543 possible passwords. What is the best free program I can use to ...
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How to use wordlist [closed]

I have downloaded a wordlist from https://crackstation.net/buy-crackstation-wordlist-password-cracking-dictionary.htm The size of the wordlist is 4.2 GiB (compressed) or 15 GiB (uncompressed) The ...
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Potential collision with hash password

Normally, the password size is fixed by the hash function in which the password is given right ? Because otherwise, if the password size is bigger than the hash result size, there should be potential ...
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Are passwords in Mozilla products stored insecurely?

I have just downloaded a Polish program Passtool Password Reader (written by Rafał Jelitto), unpacked it from .rar archive and run it. I have hit the bottom-left button (Pokaż wszystko) and this small ...
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How can I know that developers will be ethical and not record my password in plaintext

I am not asking why hashing should be done. Instead, I want to know how to prevent that developers record user passwords to hack their user's other accounts, especially their email. Couldn't they ...