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

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Cracking encrypted SQB databases

I've recovered a .SQB SQL database backup file from a backup server and do not have the password. As I do not have the password available to me, I'm looking to determine what type of encryption is ...
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Hashing password for secure storage (generating salt)

I wanted to check if the following means of generating a hash for storage of a password was secure. I have an username and password combo. In order to generate a secure hash, I am doing the ...
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CNN Money Portfolio and Heartbleed [duplicate]

Is/was CNN Money Portfolio ever vulnerable to heartbleed? It states 256 bit SSL bank level encryption on the website..
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What to do with .hash files when cracking WPA2

So, I'd say I'm one level above n00b. I've gotten to the point where I have accomplished a WPA Handshake (and saved the output as xxx-01.cap). I have also downloaded these hash tables (if that is the ...
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What happens if biometric data is stolen?

As we move toward a future where fingerprints might possibly replace passwords, I see one issue. While passwords can be stolen, they can be changed by the owner after being notified of the security ...
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Decrypt Passwords based on using a user's password

I am creating a database to store our client's information at work (a heritage center specializing in DNA based genealogy). Once the results of a test come back, we have people that use the ...
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Save application autostart login token on computer

I need to login desktop application while autostart on server (like skype does). What is the best practice to save authentication token (password)? Should I use something like RSA encryption (which ...
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Is it safe to sign in to Google with password from desktop app like BlueStacks? [on hold]

BlueStacks is an android simulator for desktop. After installation it will ask you to login with your Google account to download and install android app from play-store. My question is "Is it safe to ...
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Brute-Force/Dictionary attack against encypted file using PBKDF2 key derivation

I have been following this very useful post by Thomas. My use case is slightly different. I am developing a mobile application which requires some sensitive data to be stored on the device in a SQLite ...
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Chinese or “pinyin” wordlists for dictionary attacks

Background: I am currently trying to crack a salted md5 hash which I have recovered from an embedded device running busybox and manufactured in china. I have tried john the ripper using all of the ...
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If bruteforcing a password goes aaa, AAA, aab, AAB, etc, all the way to ZZZ, wouldn't ZZZZZZ be the most secure password?

I'm only taking about security against bruteforce attacks. I assume that most crackers start at a and go up to zzzzzzz for as long as instructed (so it could be zzzzzzzzzzz if told so in the ...
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Securing passwords for REST Authentication

first post on sec so go easy. I'm developing a REST application using the Spring Framework, as as part of the requirements, we have to secure the different functions of the system to different user ...
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Encrypting passwords?

I am planning on creating a text file to store my passwords, so I only need to remember 1 password (at the moment, I have about 20 long/complex passwords in my mind, and am worried that I might forget ...
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Password Managers: encrypted database vs hashing strategy

I'm considering moving to a password-management strategy based on supergenpass or something similar. This is an alternative to other password managers where instead of having a database of passwords ...
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I login to Stackoverflow (vulnerable) with Google (not vulnerable). Do I need to change my password? [duplicate]

According to this heartbleed mass test, Stack Overflow is vulnerable whereas google is not. I use my Google ID to logon to Stack Overflow (and some other sites). Do I need to change my password? In ...
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API to change passwords?

After I learned last week that the login data of some of my accounts was leaked, I had to change my passwords for more than 30 sites. That was tedious! As luck would have it, some days later we ...
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Windows Scheduled Task passwords

When you create a Scheduled Task in Windows, it gives you the option of running the task as a different user, including saving the password. How secure is the password that is stored?
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The Problem with Changing All Passwords for HeartBleed [duplicate]

One thing that's been bugging me in relation to the discovery of the Heartbleed OpenSSL flaw is the recommendation that everyone should run to their computers in a panic and change all of their ...
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Is there an anti virus that protects processes from being injected code to?

As title says, is there an av that does that? And if not, is there any other program that protects processes like lsass in windows, apart from protected process utility in win8.1?
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Handling passwords in wicket

I have a form which contains a password field. In swing the getPassword() method returns a character array. After the password has been processed by my web application the array can be wiped to ...
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LastPass login security

If LastPass does not store your master password, then how can you login to use their web app? Surely you must type it in, it is sent over using SSL, and then salted/hashed on the server-side, and ...
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Should I change all my passwords due to heartbleed [duplicate]

Should I change all of my online passwords due to the heartbleed bug? Edit: I found a list of vulnerable sites on GitHub and checked all my critical sites. Everything I was really concerned with ...
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Digital signature based authentication schema using two passwords

I'm working on an authentication system for a web based Bitcoin-related service. As part of the service, users do some less sensitive operations (mostly reading and sending various types of ...
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Is there an equation to calculate the number of instances of a series of characters exist in a given key space?

If I'm using 16-18 character-length passwords with 94 different possible values-per-character (lower alphas, upper alphas, numbers, and special characters), is there an equation I can use to calculate ...
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What should end-users do about Heartbleed?

What should one do about the Heartbleed OpenSSL exploit? mainly talks about what people running websites should do about Heartbleed. What should end-users of websites be doing? Do they need to ...
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Lock Windows to a specific app

Is it possible, using some program or application, to lock Windows 7 so only a specific app can be used, for example Word, until a password is entered? Thanks!
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Is BSI’s process good? (Informing email address owners that their address/password (of unknown/different accounts) was stolen)

The German BSI (Federal Office for Information Security) claims to have got a list of 18 million email addresses and passwords – supposed to be the result of identity theft. They allow to check if ...
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How was the Xbox One password verification compromised?

So, we have this article: http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/04/xbox-live-five-year-old-hacker/ Apparently, using nothing but spaces the local account (with an obviously saved password... I hope) was ...
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Safety while ciphering data

Say I wanted to encrypt some sensitive information with a symmetric algorithm using a program on a computer. Is it possible that a hacker could retrieve the data,salt, iteration, cipher, keysize while ...
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How could police identify digital contraband and charge someone if it's encrypted with keys?

For example, say I am transferring heavily-encrypted DVD/Blu-ray movies/game copies over the internet. However, I am using double or (+) encryption with keys required to decrypt the file using an ...
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How many possible combinations in 8 character password? [migrated]

I need to calculate the possible combinations for 8 characters password. The password must contain at least one of the following: (lower case letters, upper case letters, digits, punctuations, special ...
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How many possible symbols and punctuations in a password? [closed]

I want to compute the possible combinations of a password consists of 8 digits of: alphabetical letters (26), numbers (0-9), symbols and punctuations. In order to compute this, I have to know the ...
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Is using MD5 in NTLMv2 protocol to store Windows passwords is secure?

I read that Windows (probably not new OSs but say, Windows Server 2008) stores passwords using Hashes using NTLMv2 protocol which uses MD5 hash function. My questions: MD5 is known to be insecure ...
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How many bits of entropy should I aim at for my password? [closed]

I mainly use 2 passwords: 1 is a 4 word full lowercase passphrase of 18 letters long which I use wherever possible. The other is basically 3 words and a digit with the first word in full uppercase and ...
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How can I analyze password recovery tokens?

All websites that support authenticated user interactions have a password recovery feature. Usually they will email the password reset link through which you can easily recover your account by typing ...
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Registration Password

Is it best to create an application that allows a user to sign up with username and email at the beginning and password once you click the generated email sent to you or should the password entering ...
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How does an attacker authenticate to a service using just the hash of the user (after performing a pth attack)

Let's say the attacker got the username and the password's hash. How can he use it when authenticating to some service in its domain with NTLM , for example? How can he send the request as the ...
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Does whosthere.exe of pth toolkit have to run with administrative rights?

To see the users that are connected to the machine and they're pass hashes with Whosthere.exe, do I have to run it as an administrator?
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How does LM hash deal with passwords that are between 8 and 13 chars

If its 14 then it splits it to 7&7, but how about 13 characters? 7&6? How does it work?
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How do big companies and wealthy people secure their information? And how can I secure mine?

I've recently had some success and traffic increase with an online business I own and due to that someone has hacked my domain email and twitter accounts. My bank password is the same and I just ...
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How does a system authenticate a user using a hash function, after it has been salted?

I don't really understand how salting works. I read the Wikipedia article, but I still don't understand how can a system authenticate a salted hash? Let's say a user chooses a password. It's randomly ...
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What are common problems that reveal PHP code? [closed]

What is the best method for securing PHP scripts that contain database passwords? From what I've read, PHP can be revealed when an error occurs and is not caught. Is there any way to reveal PHP by ...
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True?: “Nearly all encrypted passwords are stored with the last character in clear text”?

[S]ome passwords are gleaned by hacking into computers where intruders can find stored passwords. Those are stored in encrypted form, but there's software that can attack the encryption. Nearly ...
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When and where do I hash a password?

Say I have a client and a server. I want the user with the client to login to the server with a username and password combination. To login, they have to enter the right password which (when hashed) ...
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Webpage sent me my password in clear text can it be secure? [duplicate]

I registered for a webpage years ago and have been using it without issues, today I made some changes to my account and they sent me an email containing my username and password in clear text. I ...
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FIPS 140-2 C# Password Hash

Is the following algorithm, using RNGCryptoServiceProvider & Rfc2898DeriveBytes, sufficient to implement a FIPS 140-2 password hash on Windows Server 2008R2? var provider = new ...
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Why use PBKDF2 over multiple iterations of a another cryptographic hash function?

People often recommend PBKDF2 over using hash functions directly, but typically they compare PBKDF2 to a single unsalted hash. What advatages are there to using PBKDF2 over multiple iterations of a ...
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What are the possible rules to identify password sharing- to prevent fraud

I am trying to build correlation/ potential red flag rules to detect if passwords are being shared or stolen... the primary driver for this is guidance from our compliance team, that much of our ...
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Is this password generator safe?

128-bit entropy is required http://nxtra.org/nxt-client/js/passphrasegenerator.js With all new browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE 11) it uses crypto.getRandomValues which should be safe, but with IE 10 ...
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Why does Facebook bother comparing old and new passwords?

An answer to this question says Facebook generates a bunch of password guesses to see if they hash the same as a previous version of the password. Why bother? If a service forces every password to ...