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

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Any reason to use bcrypt, pbkdf2, scrpt for other things than passwords? [closed]

Let's say I want to hash some data, using SHA256, in order to prove I know something. Maybe it's my secret ID for something. In the real of passwords we have moved from hashing -> hashing+salt -> cpu ...
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Should I reject obviously poor passwords?

UPDATE: My questions and concerns below boil down to: "Should I reject obviously poor passwords like 'hellomydarling' or 'password'? My guess is yes and I want to know to what extent. I'm using a ...
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Does password “strength” matter anymore? [duplicate]

In the early days we happily saved whatever password a person wanted to the database. Later we decided that passwords must include certain characteristics like numbers, upper and lower case and ...
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Pattern based password cracking

I need to select a project for this semester. I'm a second year uni student in Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures. My idea was to see if using some kind of pattern based password cracking can be more ...
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Sharing passwords through email can be considered insecure?

I'm responsible to create new accounts for some services on my job. Some of these service do not allow password change by the user, so in the case the user wants to change its password, he would need ...
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Are longer passwords more secure? [duplicate]

There are more and more sites claiming that long passwords which are chained words are not only easier to remember, but also more secure then short but obscure ones. Don't get me wrong: I totally get ...
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What is the best way to generate a password/pin like string using brute force method? [closed]

I have a string of 7 characters. I'm supposed to generate all the combinations. But some combinations are more likely than others, I would like the more likely ones to be generated first. If I ...
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What are spambots doing with unintelligible login attempts?

After constantly being under attack in phpBB, I created a new forum by hand, which successfully prevents spam bots from registering, and I get a report for every failed login attempt, telling me the ...
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Hashing Passphrase in Client-Side JavaScript Rather than Server-Side — Is it Viable?

Yet another salting-and-hashing-for-web-sites question has been left on the doormat of Information Security's StackExchange. The oft-mentioned approach for website password-handling is to use a ...
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About password_hash() in PHP and storing (part of) its salt outside DB

So, i learned that new in PHP 5.5 is password-hash() which works much like crypt(). Which is more secure (slower) than md5() or sha1(). The result string is algo+hash+salt, which can be passed as-is ...
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Password Recovery - what if user can't complete 2nd step?

I'm thinking out my password recovery logic for an ecommerce system. Some backround: Passwords are stored using bcrypt, password recovery involves the standard reset link, which then can be used to ...
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How do clients enroll using SRP?

From what I understand, one of the benefits or Secure Remote Password (SRP) is that is does not require reliance on certificate authorities. In a scenario where clients need the ability to register as ...
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New to security, is php password_hash() good enough?

This is the first time I've had to handle personnel information and I want to make sure I have a good amount of security. I will be storing users' emails and passwords for their accounts on a MySQL ...
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Use of pwgen with sha1 to create recreatable passwords

I'm looking at using Theodore T'so's pwgen (on linux/ubuntu) with its sha1 (-H) feature to generate passwords that I should be able to recreate later using the same file and seed. I briefly looked ...
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Does two-factor authentication reduce the need for a long password?

I've recently enabled 2-factor auth on a number of web apps, mostly using Google Authenticator. Does this mean that the importance of a strong password on each site is reduced? I would prefer to use ...
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Hardware USB Key to Reset Any Windows Password

This tool requires physical access of course, and there are many things you can do once you have physical access, but this peaked my curiosity. The tool in question: ...
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Is a simple Whirlpool hash with random salt secure enough? [duplicate]

I've been working on a site that requires users to login. It's written in PHP with MySQL, and passwords are stored as Whirlpool hashes with a salt (source code later). However, security sites or ...
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Best practice for forgot password form, ok to leak that a given e-mail is invalid

On our forgot password reset form, is it ok to leak that a given e-mail address entered is invalid? Or should we always just return success and check your e-mail, even if the e-mail is not valid. I ...
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Bank accepts different password to the one that I set

I'm not particularly well versed in IT security so please bear with me. I recently discovered that my bank's online system will accept passwords that consist of the correct password, and a string of ...
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Is it posible to bypass BIOS password without owner knowing later on?

My laptop BIOS is password protected. Probably the password can be bypassed using some hardware and software means. But is it possible that somebody having access to laptop but not knowing the ...
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Password stretching using concatenation of hashes

I'm working on a simple file encryption tool. Basically, here's how my program works: password = get_user_typed_password() salt = uuid4() key = bcrypt(password + salt) cipher = AES(key) for block ...
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What happens if you run out of password attempts?

In Samsung Knox, you have 20 password attempts. However, it is never explained what happens if you run out of attempts. Does it delete your Knox data, do you need to enter the recovery PIN or is it ...
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Why change password? [duplicate]

Why are there recommendations to change passwords with certain intervals? If I have a good password, e.g. a long wrongspelled odd sentence with a couple of special characters thrown in, why is the ...
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A fake phone tech changed my start up password. [closed]

I was duped into believing a phone caller was a computer tech. I allowed him remote access and when I refused to pay a fee at the end of all his changes he hung up. My start up now has an unknown ...
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RatticDB for passwords is not encrypted. Is this good approach?

I am looking for a password application for storing passwords, and RatticDB have a web interface and SSH access is planned, which are exactly the features I am looking for. However, they write that ...
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Forgetting passwords typed in too frequently

It has happened to me several times that I've become so used to typing in a password I can't consciously remember it and it's purely muscle memory. This is particularly true with complex passwords ...
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How to guarantee privacy on files that I store

I want to create an Android app where users from an office (typical use) can upload scanned documents to the app backend service for later use. e.g. A lawyer want to upload a sentence ...
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Hydra bruteforce is giving wrong passwords. Can't seem to work any help? [closed]

Ok so what im actually trying to do is to bruteforce my own account on some website just to check myself . This is NOT for illegal steps or use , im trying to crack my OWN password , and im trying to ...
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How to store passphrase in this situation?

How to store a passphrase with a Java application that periodically needs access to its plaintext form? It is a strange situation, but I am wedged in it. If providing a decent security mechanism is ...
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how to pass credentials across applications securely?

To simplify the user experience , if we want to design a system such that the user login password for the desktop account itself can be shared with various applications like chat/email/skype etc. ...
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Reasonable way to store encrypted passwords in a webapp's database, Linux

This question is generally similar to past questions asked here, but I haven't seen one the relates to Linux. Case at hand: a PHP web app has a MySQL backend. As part of its functionality it accesses ...
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Limit attempt of user login against PBKDF2

I have been tasked been tasked by my boss to change the encryption system of our web application from MD5 to PBKDF2 as MD5/SHA1 has been shown to be breakable in recent years . I argued against it ...
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Should I decode a base64 password before hashing for storage?

My server gets base64 encoded passwords from the client, and I am going to hash them for storage in a credentials table. Should I decode the password and hash the clear text password, or just hash ...
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How to make a strong password? [duplicate]

I always hear conflicting things. Should I use a long sentence? Or is this privy to dictionary attacks? Or should I use a long string of random alphanumeric garbage with upper/lowercase and ...
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Security risks of typing wrong password

I accidentally typed my root account password on my google account login, I know google keeps their website quite safe but this question came in mind: Is there a risk if you accidentally type in ...
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Security implications of setting the same password on private key and PKCS12/JKS?

Are there any negative security implications of setting the private key password (DSA in this case) as a PKCS12 (and then JKS) export password (instead of generating/inventing a new one)? My use case ...
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How to enable a http post form penetration test?

I don't get the correct results and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong: $ ./hydra -l admin -x 3:9:a http://localhost http-post-form "/admin/login:j_username=^USER^&j_password=^PASS^:failed" -s ...
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If I use a good Master Password in Firefox, is security improved when I Remember Passwords instead of re-type?

In the old days I would emphasize that people should not select the remember passwords option because (besides the fact you tend to forget what the browser remembers) a bad guy could could display the ...
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Is my information secure when using Private Tunnel? [duplicate]

I am using Private Tunnel to do some tasks involving sensitive data like logging in to PayPal and online banking. Is my data safe or can it be retrieved by other users of the Private Tunnel service?
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I don't understand how BIPS got hacked [closed]

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/112513-bitcoin-robbery-276352.html In this story we can see BIPS got hacked, but I don't get how it was hacked when it was offline because of the DDoS.
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After having confirmed a computer is infected by a Botnet.

And having found a server IP that is controlling it. How can I find out the log-in credentials this client uses to log in to a IRC channel / server webpage / control panel. I have found out a python ...
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Banking platform accepts password containing subset of real password [duplicate]

How would it be possible that if my password was 123abc that my bank also accepts something like 123abc12? Isn't that an extreme security flaw? If the password was hashed and salted, wouldn't the ...
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Is it ok to email someone their password from a newly created account? [duplicate]

I have a pretty standard registration form. One thing I've decided to do away with is the requirement to enter the password twice, for usability reasons. In order to mitigate the increased risk of ...
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How does Authy's 2FA work, if it doesn't connect to the server?

I thought I knew how two-factor authentication works: I enter the password. Server generates a random number (token) and sends it to me via SMS. I enter this token. Server checks that the token I ...
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How to safely use a Key Derivation Function to secure private data - need guidance

I have some secure data created in my client app which I wish to store on the server as backup for the user. The user already has a password to authenticate with the server. The password is never ...
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Password security

I was requested at the login page of a website to first change my password. After typing in a new password, the web page told me the new password did not differ enough from the previous one. Does this ...
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is 'mysql_real_escape_string' enough

Recently on stackoverflow I've seen many discussions that mysql_*_escape_string is deprecated and instead recommending PDO. The way I've been doing it was to allow only letters and ' in the name field ...
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Question about a “Password Space” definition

I am currently reading the "Green Book" (http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/secpubs//rainbow/std002.txt) of the "Rainbow Series" and have a question on chapter "C.4 Password Space". From this ...
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Using the same base string for a password in several different logins [duplicate]

It is clear to me that using the same password for different websites is a bad idea because if an attacker manages to get a hold of your password, then he can gain access to the other websites in ...
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Best way to store passwords for a LAN tool?

I am making an app in Python for linux as a front end to the router (to automate some tasks). But I need to log in to the router before I can do any operations on it and since it uses a http-auth I ...