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

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Security concern of running auto-login script on server-side

Scenerio: I would like to fetch data from a website for data analysis purpose which process on a server. To archive this username and password are required for login to website. Then I suppose to ...
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What is a good practical (and sane) way to manage all your passwords for online sites?

I am just a mere mortal that wants to have a somewhat secure way of managing all my passwords. This is something that I have been putting off, but since LinkedIn decided to give away one of my ...
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How secure is a password app that stores both the password and two factor secret in one place?

Take for example 1Password, that now can store your password and one time password secret in a single place (your 1Password vault). I know it isn't truly two-factor anymore, but how much better is it ...
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How to securely transfer password from a registration page to the database

What steps must be followed to send password securely from the user registration page (i.e. client side) to the server over a non encrypted channel (http) when the user registers for the first time ...
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How to avoid storing plaintext during CHAP authentication

When using CHAP authentication, passwords are stored in plaintext, then I used reversible encryption to store password. However, I recently found Citrix states " storing passwords using reversible ...
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Are password-protected ZIP files secure?

Following my answer. If I can list contents of password-protected ZIP file, check the file types of each stored file and even replace it with another one, without actually knowing the password, then ...
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Does the Kerberos KDC know the users' plaintext passwords?

In http://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/kerberos5.html section 15.7.8.3 “The KDC is a Single Point of Failure” you can read: By design, the KDC must be as secure as the master password database is ...
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Location of Password Hashes on a Windows Local Machine?

"Where are the two locations that user's password hashes are stored on a local windows machine?" My place of business asked me this question. I know that the SAM stores password hashes, where would ...
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New Gmail login system—going against conventional wisdom?

I noticed that the new gmail login asks for username first, and then confirms if such username exists, before asking for password input. Does this not go against conventional security wisdom to not ...
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Passwords vs keys in cryptography? Which is stronger and safer? [duplicate]

Maybe it isn’t correct question, but how to compare passwords and keys in cryptography? Symmetric encryption, e.g. AES, usually encrypts data with passwords, and all public-key cryptography use open ...
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Regarding Windows password and Chrome's '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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How does one securely create a MySQL database and user via the command line?

I'm making an app whose functionality includes creating a database and its user. This is accomplished like so: mysql -e "grant all on database.* to 'user'@'localhost' identified by '$PW';" $PW is ...
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Unauthorized Password Access [duplicate]

I have a website with no. of paid videos. Suppose, In future many of users will be purchase videos from my website and if any user distribute his password in his college and anywhere. So, my question ...
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Does password-protecting a server's BIOS help in securing sensitive data?

I'm running a server of which I protected the BIOS with a password. One doesn't have to enter this password before booting, but before entering the BIOS setup. I just did this from routine. However, ...
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How to securely store and manage one-time backup codes for 2FA?

I am already using 31 services with 2nd factor authentication and the number is growing. In addition to having multiple authentication devices, I decided for or had to generate a separate set of ...
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Will typing my password twice make it more secure? Or typing each character twice?

If I type my password twice (like: PwdThingPwdThing), OR type every character twice (like: PPwwddTThhiinngg) will that make it substantially more secure than it already is? Assume that it is already ...
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Making my password secure [closed]

I don't understand much about this topic and I am not highly involved with it in any way. I want to improve my password because I had my account stolen once (still a mystery has to how) but I was ...
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Can I Prevent Internet Explorer from Storing Login Requests in Memory?

Using Internet Explorer 11 I have been able to login to HTTPS web applications by providing a username and password and then subsequently logout. Whilst the browser process is running I can then dump ...
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Are password complexity rules counterproductive?

In creating a login for this site I chose a nondictionary password that would be extremely hard to guess, but easy to remember. I was told that it did not meet complexity rules. After several ...
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What password based key derivation does PKCS #12 use?

I would like to make a note that I have read all of rfc 7292. I am trying to decrypt encrypted private key in a pkcs#12 pfx file. The private key is enveloped within pkcs#8 shrouded key bag. The ...
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Hashed master password and generated encryption key in a password manager program

I'm writing a WPF password manager application to practice programming, so far this is the scheme I intend to use to store master password and individual site password: Master password: Generate a ...
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Verify password hashed with nonce when the password is already hashed on the server?

I found this picture in the Wikipedia nonce article: To avoid sending the password in clear text and prevent replay attacks, the password is hashed together with one random number from the server ...
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What is the safest way to store passwords in a company for the case when the CISO leaves?

What is the best and safest way to store passwords in a company to ensure nothing is lost when the CISO leaves. I know this might be subjective and there isn't THE best way. But I'm curious about your ...
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why not use hashed password as password [duplicate]

Why dont we use our mobile phone tho hash a password and then enter the hash on a website as the password ? This way the password for the website would be much more complex. Would this even increase ...
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Is it possible to brute force all 8 character passwords in an offline attack?

This article states: Brute-force techniques trying every possible combination of letters, numbers, and special characters had also succeeded at cracking all passwords of eight or fewer characters. ...
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Parameters for PBKDF2 for password hashing

I use PBKDF2 with SHA-256 to store hashes of passwords. I use the following parameters: number of iterations desired = 1024 length of the salt in bytes = 16 length of the derived key ...
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Is the BBC’s advice on choosing a password sensible?

In this article on the BBC’s website they offer advice on how to develop a password. The steps are as follows. Step 1: Choose an artist (a recording artist I presume) Lets choose as an example ...
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Generate Custom Brute Force Dictionary from Partial Knowledge of Password [closed]

I'm trying to create a wordlist to brute force an old TrueCrypt volume I found. I have a hazy memory of what the password is, and I'm confident I can brute force it if I can get together a password ...
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Intel How Strong is Your Password page, good advice?

I came across this Intel How Strong is Your Password? page which estimates how strong your password is. It has some advice on choosing better passwords including that you should use multiple ...
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Why do some bank websites use passwords that are not case sensitive?

It was recently brought to my attention that a certain big bank website allows users to log in with passwords that are not case sensitive. After confirming this, I checked other websites I bank with ...
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Why did customer services say using symbols in a password is insecure?

I am using an online service that I recently had to reset my password because I forgot it. When I went to change password I wanted to use one with a symbol !@£$%^&*(). When I clicked "confirm ...
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Am I encrypting and storing an array of user-details correctly?

I came up with a user-details-storing procedure that was, in the beginning, based on actual security-literature – but then I just kept writing without really doing all the cross-checking I should have ...
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how to know the way in which password was encrypted [closed]

i have a encrypted password basically hashed i don't know what it is some thing like 11dfb34b27f539a5e785b68e529fd470 and i know the password i.e., the plain text but i want to know the way that how ...
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Isn't oAuth weaker than traditional passwords

I understand the need for oauth for programmatic access to apis, etc. whereas passwords are used for more human-level authentication. However when we store passwords, we (hopefully) salt + hash them. ...
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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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Are partially typed passwords a potential security risk?

I just sat down at my work computer and began to unlock it by typing in my password, I got 6 of the 8 characters in and decided I wanted coffee and walked away to get it. I came back, realized I left ...
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How to choose a good (and easy to use) WiFi password?

Over the last few months I have had to enter WiFi passwords into smart phones, TVs, printers, etc. None of these have real keyboard and they make it hard to enter long passwords or passwords that ...
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If I enter a password on the wrong site, should I consider it compromised?

I have recently started to make use of a password manager and good password practices. I have a different password for each site that I use. If I accidentally use the password from another site when ...
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Explain Security to Employer

My employer wants/wanted to install a 3rd party app on my personal cell phone. One of the issues that we are still not seeing eye-to-eye with is regarding security. Here are some issues that concern ...
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Sample challenge questions for use with self service password reset and validation

I'm building a secure password recovery feature similar to the one described here. During the final phase of the password recovery, the user is asked a recovery question to verify their identity. ...
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Does eliminating the possibility of repeat words make Diceware passwords significantly less secure?

I read about Diceware passphrases and whipped up a little program to generate passwords in that style. I do this by taking the list of dictionary words to create passwords and "ordering them" by a ...
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Two passwords for one account

Would it be a good idea if you had one account which would require two different passwords ? For example your login details were: email: example@gmail.com password 1: P4$$w0rd1 password 2: ...
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Who in UK I can report to if I know company is storing my password in plain text?

I live in UK, some time ago I wanted to login to my electric company account to check the bill and such, and I had forgotten my password - long story short I got my account locked and had to call ...
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How to use password salt the right way [duplicate]

I understand the basic idea of password salts. You generate a 'random' string of data prepend this data to a user password store password and salt (salt maybe even in 'clear' form) Like in the ...
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Forgotten password or reset link, which is more secure to email?

I originally posted this as a reply here in this thread but didn't get much feedback on it, and now I'm curious as to what others think is the best approach, or if there is any difference between the ...
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Is there any point in using two step authentication if you have strong passwords?

If you are in the habit of using strong passwords (randomly generated by password manager) is there any point in using two step authentication? Assuming that 99% of the time that when you enter a ...
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Public Key Encryption instead of passwords

As an alternative to using passwords, customers could be provided with individual asymmetric-encryption key pairs (i.e. a private key with associated public key), which could be used to validate their ...
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How do we encrypt a password using another password?

An article on Kerberos goes like this: The problem is, Charon cannot give you the password directly, because then you would know it. [....] So instead of giving you the mail server's ...
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Has password strength been an *actual* problem in a professional context? [closed]

Among the more security savvy community (very much including security.stackexchange) there is an ongoing discussion about the strength of different password policies. Examples include the ...
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Using MySQL 'encrypt' / crypt() to store passwords?

I've been tasked with deploying a FTP instance with a MySQL backend for storing user logins. Looking online I found Pure-FTPD, which on paper is great. However documentation states it only allows ...