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

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Is there a way to identify the location of a person trying to intrude your wifi network? my wifi router is picking up his attempts

Aug 30 20:28:09 dropbear[6799]: Child connection from ::ffff:5.10.69.82:38463 Aug 30 20:28:11 dropbear[6799]: login attempt for nonexistent user from ::ffff:5.10.69.82:38463 Aug 30 20:28:12 ...
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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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15 Chars long PWD NTLM with John the Ripper [on hold]

I do not find any resource that explains clearly the behavior explained below. I am using John the Ripper to test password guessing, and am attempting to discover two passwords that I already have in ...
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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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Can the human brain generate cryptographically secure random numbers?

A security conscious friend of mine was attempting to generate entropy using random dice rolls to generate a random password, and I became curious about the security of random number generators and ...
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Memory Stick security [on hold]

My friend is computer savvy. He gave me a memory stick with some videos to view. If I plug this into my laptop, can he access my computer and its passwords through a backdoor?
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Brute force alphanumeric password using JohnTheRipper

I recently recovered a zip archive with some files I need access to, but I can't remember the password. All I can remember is that the password was short (around 3-4 characters), and contained only ...
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Are there secure alternatives to single-use password reset links?

We currently have what I believe to be a pretty standard scheme for dealing with password resets. Our reset links are single-use links: They expire immediately after they've been visited, even if the ...
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Should BCRYPT be used for client-side password hashing

I am concerned about the use of bcrypt for client-side password generation. I am developing a password generation function to be used client-side, similar to PwdHash and PasswordMaker. Much has been ...
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A Graphical Two-Step Authentication System [duplicate]

Changes made to system proposed in Two-factor authentication Without Mobile Phone: In previous system, shoulder surfing would reveal the user’s pre-decided image. In the current system, end image ...
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What risks am I taking with a weak password on a laptop?

I'm setting up a Mac laptop for my wife. Mine has a ridiculously strong password, but she finds this annoying. If I give her a (relatively) weak password for convenience, what risks am I taking? A ...
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Keychain, rights to open it and save a copy [migrated]

I begin to use Keychain for Mac OS Mavericks. If I understand the only way to secure the Keychain passwords is to put a password to open the computer, there is no password or security system to ...
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How secure are sentence passwords? [duplicate]

Lately I've been doing the trend of using passwords that are sentences, at least on sites that have a reasonable maximum character length and allow spaces. So for example the most basic variation is ...
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What multiplier to use when calculating the average time to crack passwords with a given entropy?

Suppose that we have a process that generates passwords with entropy E. I'd like to compute the average time it would take for a brute-force attack to crack an MD5-hashed instance of such a password. ...
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How to decrypt the encrypted data, in SHA256, of mysql database? [closed]

I have some data in column of table of mysql database in the encrypted form applied with SHA-256. How to decrypt that data using Java. I stuck at this since 4 days. Please spend 5 minutes of your ...
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Protecting Password in Code

I am writing a program in Processing (which is basically java), that (amongst other things) downloads files from a FTP Server. To connect to the Server the program needs the correct FTP-password, ...
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Where are passwords hashed? [duplicate]

The way I understand password security is that the user enters a password, which is then converted using a hash function. The website then compares it to the stored hash to see if it is correct. That ...
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Why doesn't the OS give every application a secret password?

As far as I understand if Dropbox wants to automatically run in the background without asking the user for a password it has to store the password somewhere on the harddrive and has currently no way ...
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How long does a passphrase have to be to be as secure as a random collection of letters, digits, punctuation, etc.?

If one uses a passphrase which is grammatical, such as "I put my keys under the doormat because they're safe there."... how many words (on average) must it contain to be as secure as a password with ~ ...
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Are all OSes vulnerable to local password reset attacks

It's not that difficult to reset the password of the administrator account in MSWindows when you have local physical access to the machine Same thing applies on any Linux distro, it's possible to ...
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THC Hydra 16 Valid Passwords?

So when i do hydra -l Admin -P "rockyou.txt" -s 80 192.168.13.1 http-get / it doesnt work for me, it says all 16 passwords are valid, but none of them works, can anyone help me with this? I tried ...
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What does one call the strategy of using “pre-password transforms” as passwords?

Suppose that instead of using, say, Google, let me in! as my Google password, I used some consistent transform of this string, say ZWE1NjMyNm? What search keywords would be helpful to search for ...
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How important it is to change password regularly? [duplicate]

A WWW-site guided me to change the password regularly. Should I believe what the say, if my current password is long enough random string?
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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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Can any App Store app access all of my passwords?

Whilst researching another question, I've noticed that on OS X 10.9.4 there are many instances of Library/Keychains/login.keychain from ~ within the Data folder of what looks like apps from Apple App ...
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Simplest way of hashing a password with multiple different hash algorithms [closed]

I have a list of plaintext passwords that I would like to hash with various different hash algorithms (for educational purposes). As a minimum I would like to obtain hashes under MD5, SHA1, SHA256, ...
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Why after a website password reset am I asked to login again?

I have noticed that every web site has the exact same behavior for their password reset pages. They send a link to your email using which you can reach the password reset page. On that page you enter ...
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Should I NOT choose a password of max allowable character length?

Q: Suppose an attacker knows the max allowable character length, n, for a website's passwords. Would it be smart for them to attack passwords of length n BEFORE length n - k (where k is small portion ...
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Appropriate response to 2014 Russian Security Breach (CyberVor)

The report from Hold Security says that 1.2 billion sets of credentials are in the possession of this party. I have a feeling that this report may be a hoax or a partial hoax due to grammatical errors ...
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Share passwords between developers [duplicate]

We have a project with 3 remote developers and myself, at the moment passwords (server logins, db passwords etc) are being shared via emails which are cc'ed to everyone, Is there a normal workflow ...
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Is it bad practice to ask only for individual characters of a password? [duplicate]

Some financial websites that I use use passwords in a peculiar way. Instead of asking me the whole password string, they only ask me to enter e.g. "3rd, 5th and 8th character of your password", i.e. a ...
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Is Linux really that secure, with only root password denying external access?

While I was searching online for information about Linux security, the most typical explanation was: Linux is secure, because the root password is required to access the kernel and install new ...
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Syncing service passwords during offline installations

Due to very paranoid customer requirements, we have to install several Windows services on two different systems that should run under a shared service account. Each system should each have a copy of ...
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How to combine a key and a password in practice

Alice wants to encrypt her data. She is not comfortable with using only a password. While she prefers to use a properly random crypto key, she isn't confident she can protect the key file from theft ...
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User Account Guessing [duplicate]

I'm doing some research on user account guessing, and wanted to ask a question about some "bad practices". My thought is generally this is a trade-off between great user functionality/UX and ...
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Server + Client certificate vs Server certificate + Client password

There are three different ways how TLS (1.2) can be used: server and client authenticate, only the server authenticates or neither authenticates. If neither server nor client authenticates using a ...
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Cracking a 6-character alphanumeric password Windows dialog box

To put this problem in context, I have a touch monitor screen whose firmware program is protected by a password. The firmware program is downloaded over RS232 via a Windows utility program provided ...
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Websites Forcing Weak Password Standards (Updated) [duplicate]

Please Note: I am not going to name the websites which have these horrible standards for their clients and users. I have had to change my passwords for my routine update just recently in the last ...
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Known characters in passwords?

I generate passwords for everything that requires security using the following method: ksoviero@ksoviero-Latitude-E7440:~$ head -c 16 /dev/urandom | base64 gorv/cp+lSiwiEfKck2dVg== 256^16 ...
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Does it take longer to brute force a password starting with z than one starting with a?

I was wondering about the following: If someone tries to get my password with Brute Force, will a password starting with "a" guessed faster than one starting with "z" ? In this case assume the ...
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security in banking app with 4 digit pin code and social security number

The new banking app (for norwegian bank Gjensidige bank) for my android handset allows me to log in using only my social security number, and a 4 digit pin code. The social security number in norway ...
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Password Cracking Mandarin Words English Character Set

I'll be looking to perform a domain password audit in which the user will be using english characters but may be 40% Mandarin speakers so I anticipate a large number of names, phrases, or words that ...
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PDF.zip file password forgotten and need to reset [duplicate]

I have an old PDF.zip file that is password secured. Naturally I can't remember it. Is there a way to change it or disable it?
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Database compromised and some passwords cracked

I run an MMORPG game and today while moving from one server to another, apache failed and listed some of the data on the server including a back-up of all the source code + database which a few people ...
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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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Can sites which check your password as you type pose a security risk?

Some sites that I use check my password as I type it into the login (not registration) form. So, for example, to begin with I might have: Username: sapi ✓ Password: passw × and by the time I've ...
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Does Windows have a built-in password store?

What passwords are stored in Microsoft Windows? How can I know what password are saved in computer?
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Does cPanel store my login password as plaintext

On attempt to change my cPanel password I was warned that: Your password could not be changed because the new password failed with the following reason : (is too similar to the old one), please try ...
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Running an Open Server (contents are visible)

I'm considering the possibility of running an Open Server, as I would call it, that is, a server where as much of its contents are publicly visible as possible. I would like to give read access to ...