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

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Would secure storing of past used/generated passwords be a good idea?

Let's assume an organisation that generates ~100 Passwords a week; these Passwords are 32-Characters long and randomly generated. The consultants that need passwords generated use a Password-generator ...
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How can I generate a unique SALT for multiple apps sharing one user database?

Let's say that I have one Database, and several separate web applications that share the database. If hashes are to be unique and generated on the server-side, how can I ensure that I am generating a ...
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How much information can be obtained from observing someone type their password?

Seems like it wouldn't be too hard to determine if someone is using all lowercase, special characters, or even the length of their password. In fact, the length might be discovered from audio only. ...
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What'some best practice maintaining multiple accounts and password and making sure it's secure? [duplicate]

What'some best practice maintaining multiple accounts and password and making sure it's secure? Having around 20-30 critical accounts is a challenging process. I read some articles to make it really ...
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What is the purpose of a Pepper?

I've been trying to find out exactly what a pepper is. The only things I could accurately determine are that a Pepper: Is theoretically unique from site to site and hard-coded in the site's source ...
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Does a maximum length of password mean non-hashed storage?

When a system requires a password between say 6 and 20 characters in length, does it mean the password is stored without using a hashing function, and that the mysql-field (or similar) is 20 ...
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Do salts have to be random, or just unique and unknown?

First of all, my motive is to avoid storing the salt in the database as plain text. As far as this question is concerned, the salt is not stored in the database. After discussion in comments and in ...
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How should a webmaster manage all her passwords and keys?

I have several private keys that I use to ssh into AWS, dreamhost, github, etc. I have passphrases for all of these private keys that are too complex to remember. I have mysql passwords that my ...
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Ideal way to store unhashed passwords

I'm dealing with a 3rd party vendor that clearly does not understand security - to access their API from my back-end I have to supply the end user's ID/user/password for the 3rd party service with ...
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Is the following password-generator secure?

i use the following password-generator (python) and would like to ask if the generated passwords (usually 32 characters and more) are random enough. def pwgen(l=32): from random import Random ...
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Password Security and ocl-Hashcat-plus

I recently read the Ars Technical Article about new features in ocl-Hashcat-plus. In light of questions like: Long Passwords: How are they more secure? and XKCD #936: Short complex password, or ...
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Why is password hashing considered so important?

After reading this article, I can see the benefits of password hashing as a second layer of defence, in the event of an intruder gaining access to a password database. What I still don't understand is ...
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How to keep website passwords safe among employees? [duplicate]

We're a website developer agency, and most of our websites are made using in Wordpress, Joomla or Drupal as a CMS. I'm having trouble to decide how we should manage our passwords, and I'm open for ...
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Why do some passwords not allow certain types of characters?

Is there any programing related reason why some password cannot have certain characters? If the idea in storing a password is to store it's hash, since a hashing function can take any input (ok at ...
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Changing picture as characters entered into password

When Lotus Notes asks for the password, it displays a screen with a picture that appears to change after a new character is entered after the fifth character. I have noticed the sequence of ...
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How can I best manage root passwords for many servers?

Lets say I have two racks with about 40 nix servers in them. I don't want to set all of the root user passwords all the same do I? If not how do you manage and keep up with all of the passwords? Is ...
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Store hash password and encrypted data with this password in db?

I'm currently developping a django application. I need to store user data. This data must be unavailable to any other user or admin I've created a dedicated user account system (no using dj auth). ...
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Is 1Password more secure than an AES encrypted text file?

Are there extra measures taken by 1Password and KeePass, that make them more secure than an AES-256 encrypted text file? The database formats they use seem needlessly complex for my own purposes.
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Slowing down repeated password attacks

I've been reading suggestions to use time-consuming formulas for checking passwords from login attempts, so that repeated attacks will be slowed down. Wouldn't it suffice to just sleep a bit in the ...
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Dual Authorization (Social Auth 2.0)

Can you see any obvious challenges to requiring 2+ users to confirm authentication requests using an association such as a friendship type of relationship. A practical application would be an ...
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Is saving passwords in Chrome as safe as using LastPass if you leave it signed in?

Justin Schuh defended Google's reasoning in the wake of this post detailing the "discovery" (sic) that passwords saved in the Chrome password manager can be viewed in plaintext. Let me just directly ...
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How much space is needed? [closed]

How much memory is needed if I want to generate a dictionary of all possible combination of length 6 with a-z and 0-9 characters? Is it a good idea to go for cracking password if I know password ...
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What are the security implications of storing password blacklist?

I want to add a password blacklist that would prevent the 1000 most common passwords from being used in order to mitigate shallow dictionary attacks. Is there any negative implication of storing this ...
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What techniques do web services use to identify password theft?

I've noticed that some web services use a security scheme in which log-in attempts that have some unusual characteristics trigger extra authentication steps. For example when I try to login to my ...
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How long would it take to brute force the AES encryption?

I'm trying to write a secure code that can keep my site users passwords as safe as possible. Now I'm fairly new to encryption and would like some professional opinions and suggestions. As well as a ...
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Proper storage/use of salted passwords?

If a salt is not stored along with the hashed password in the database, is it possible that the password is salted? I ask because in a system I am working on there is only a password column, but when ...
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Why do you need to login after you change a password?

I can't recall a website that after resetting my password I was automatically logged in, I had to type the password again - which seems quite silly. From a security perspective, why do websites do ...
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Is it safe to show users why their password is not allowed?

/////////////////////////////// Updated Post Below //////////////////////////// This question has received a lot of hits, more than I ever thought it would have on such a basic topic. So, I ...
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Is there any reason I shouldn't use SHA1 of salt + website name + master password for my password in websites?

I considered writing a program to do the above for websites I only intend to use for short-term use.
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Are there any guidelines for passwords that need to be read out loud?

I recently saw the movie Olympus Has Fallen. Like in many action movies, at the end a missile is launched, and the hero (Mike Banning, played by Gerard Butler) has 60 seconds to recall the launch in ...
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Does adding a non-entropic part to a password makes it less secure?

Suppose I'm encrypting a file via AES using a password of my choice, or creating a TrueCrypt volume using a password and no keyfiles. Which of the following two passwords would be more secure: ...
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Microsoft password email reset link leads to different url?

...I am really annoyed and unsettled by the password reset email I just received from Microsoft. What should I think of this? My email client correctly told me that the underlying url is not the same ...
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Modes of Attack on Time-Bombed Password

I'm one of the co-founders of plaintextoffenders.com. We recently received a submission for which I'm not sure if there is a means of attack or not. The site in question is a hosting/VPS/etc. company. ...
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Using authentication only one time passwords [duplicate]

I would be interested in advice. Imagine a authentication mechanism where users are authenticated ONLY using some code (e.g., one time password) which they receive (say as SMS) on their mobile phone? ...
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Why did my provider reset my password after someone else attempted to gain access to my account?

Recently a provider (of SIP trunking services) I subscribe to sent me a strange email. It claimed that someone in another country attempted to reset the password to my account and was unsuccessful in ...
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Does bcrypt have a maximum password length?

I was messing around with bcrypt today and noticed something: hashpw('testtdsdddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddsddddddddddddddddd', salt) Output: ...
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How often should I reset my salt?

I'm thinking of implementing a salt recycling scheme on my user credentials database. The motivation behind this decision is that even if the attacker manages to get his hands on the database and has ...
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How bruteforce works code wise

I was wondering how bruteforce methods work from a code level. How does the code get access to a login page for example and insert information into the necessary fields? And is the code able to ...
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Is mt_rand() suitable for generating a salt?

Assumed I have to following code in order to generate a random blowfish salt for saving a new password: $blowfishCharacters = 'ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789./'; $salt ...
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Secure password management

I've recently begun using Keepass for my personal password management. I am setting it up to sync between my home PC, work PC and mobile device using dropbox. I'm going "all the way", and have ...
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A protocol to authenticate users without login/password

A casual message exchange on reddit yesterday got me thinking whether it might be possible to design a protocol that removes the need for users to remember a unique password for every service (s)he ...
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What are some good user login/authentication libraries or protocols to use with Python on Google App Engine? [closed]

I've read elsewhere (http://forums.udacity.com/questions/6028436/bcrypt-not-suitable-for-pythongae) that bcrypt is not suitable for use on Google App Engine. What are some good ways to create a user ...
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Is my domain registrar storing my password in cleartext? [closed]

I called my domain registrar (unnamed here but not difficult to find out and a major provider) about a year ago to have them change some DNS settings. While on the phone, the customer service rep had ...
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Single point of failure: can US government requests for passwords be a vector for attack?

In recent news, CNET has reported requests for passwords, hashing and/or encryption algorithms and salts from U.S. government agencies: The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet ...
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What's the best way to send and receive lots of login credentials?

I'm currently a web developer for a company with lots of different remote clients. There are lots of usernames and passwords that I need to know so that I can do my job. When I first started, I was ...
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Is it acceptable to generate salts with a hash of the username?

Salts are supposed to be unique and randomly generated for each user when storing passwords. Is there a reason why we can't generate these salts with a cryptographic hash function using the username ...
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What is more secure: single long hash, or combination of two shorter?

Fictitious scenario: User accesses a restricted data (available online) identified by random string (supported by captcha to make brute-forcing more difficult). So data is not protected by a ...
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Is this code snippet good enough for password hash and salt

After a few days reading up about salting and hashing passwords, I found an actual bit of code that tells how to do it. This is what I found: $blowfish_salt = ...
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SHA-512 unix passwords. How secure are those hashes, really?

I came across this very alarming sounding thread which indicates a GPU with about half the compute capacity of the GPU currently powering the monitor I type this on is capable of 11.5k c/s. I'm not ...
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Is it a good idea to use an input by the user as SALT?

I have read many Q&As here on IT Security about password hashing and salting. I am building a simple registration form for our community website which will be used by our members to create their ...