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

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Assuming proper creation, encryption, and storage, how is a breach/leak of a hash worriesome?

Let's say I create a pseudo-random password that is secure (24 alhpa numeric, upper lower, special chars...) for a system (say a password manager). Let's assume the password manager encrypts and ...
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What happens if an attacker steals my phone's IMEI number?

I have some questions regarding IMEI numbers and data and identity theft. While searching online I have found many conflicting answers regarding this topic and would like some clarification if ...
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How secure are “pattern” passwords?

I was watching a TED Talk about password security recently which covers quite a few different types of passwords and compares how secure they are and how easy they can be remembered. One type of ...
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Justifying strong 1st factor in the context of multi factor authentication — beyond passwords

I am wondering if you need strong 1st factor (for theoretical correctness, please note it is the knowledge factor -- not necessarily a password, but definitely also includes strong passwords)? What ...
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What technologies does ChromeOS use to secure saved passwords?

I have read that Chrome will use the system's native credential tools to manage saved passwords (e.g. KeyChain on OSX, libsecret on Linux/GNOME etc). Does anyone know what tools are used on ChromeOS? ...
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Desktop Flickers Past Lock Screen

I'm using Fedora 22 with Gnome 3. I have a password set for my user account, so when my laptop awakens from sleep, I am presented with the lock screen and must enter my password before getting to my ...
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Authentication between to devices where the same password is used on both

I'm writing two applications that are intended for execution on two separate devices. It is similar to a remote desktop solution such as TeamViewer. What follows below is my proposal for an ...
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Security behind “Windows Security” Feature

Within the Windows Security authentication mechanism active, there are cases the user-login popup comes up. Are this username and password sent encrypted or they are sent as plain-text as the ...
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How is Gmail susceptible to brute-force attacks?

In the Atlantic article "Hacked!" it says: My wife’s password was judged as “strong” when she first chose it for use with Gmail. But it was a combination of two short English words followed by ...
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Understanding salted password hashing using Java

Context: I am using this tutorial and trying to understand and implement salted password hashing using Java. After spending some time on this topic, I figured out that the basic idea is to: Convert ...
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Old phone as secure credential storage device

Can an old android phone (with sim card removed) be securely used as an OFFLINE storage device for password, user id's and acct numbers?
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I forgot my 7z password [closed]

I used 7zip to encrypt a 200mb archive of my code used a combination of some of 7 possible words and no numbers or caps. So 823543 possible passwords. What is the best free program I can use to ...
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How to use wordlist [closed]

I have downloaded a wordlist from https://crackstation.net/buy-crackstation-wordlist-password-cracking-dictionary.htm The size of the wordlist is 4.2 GiB (compressed) or 15 GiB (uncompressed) The ...
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Potential collision with hash password

Normally, the password size is fixed by the hash function in which the password is given right ? Because otherwise, if the password size is bigger than the hash result size, there should be potential ...
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Are passwords in Mozilla products stored insecurely?

I have just downloaded a Polish program Passtool Password Reader (written by Rafał Jelitto), unpacked it from .rar archive and run it. I have hit the bottom-left button (Pokaż wszystko) and this small ...
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How can I know that developers will be ethical and not record my password in plaintext

I am not asking why hashing should be done. Instead, I want to know how to prevent that developers record user passwords to hack their user's other accounts, especially their email. Couldn't they ...
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Why is there a preference towards long passphrases instead of increasing the hashing iterations?

There seems to be an agreement that when it comes to offline password brute-forcing, long but simple passwords are better than short complex ones. I recently saw a question related to increasing 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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Enabling feature to log in as soon as right password is typed (without pressing enter)

My phone has an option for the PIN lock screen to unlock it as soon as the correct number is entered (without pressing enter). So for example if the password is 77912 then you only have to enter 77912 ...
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“Sniffing” Wifi Password? [duplicate]

I wonder if the follwing is possible: Assume you want to gain access to the AP "ap". Isn't it possible to set up a hotspot with the same BSSID, so that clients think that you are ap and send the ...
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Should you be able to reset a password without verifying the email address first?

I just noticed with Instagram, what you can do is: From the logged in Instagram app, change your email address. This will send a verification link to the new email address. Verifiying the email ...
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How secure is CertiVox M-PIN?

CertiVox have designed a system with the aim of "getting rid of passwords". Essentially the system authenticates users with two factors of authentication: A 4 digit PIN and a token stored within the ...
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How can I delete a password and lock the account in one step?

I have a minimal server install on a remote machine with a root password set to a temporary, but chosen, value. I have added a separate administrator user. This user has an authorized key for SSH, no ...
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Are there any two way + two factor authentication systems in use?

My bank, Google etc. use two factor systems where they send me a One Time Password via out of band means. e.g. SMS or an App on my Cellphone or a standalone RSA token generator. This seems good ...
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Password management: how an administrator should reset password for a user?

I implement simple user management. How an administrator should reset password for a user? Just provide a new password for a user (as in Active Directory)? Is it secure enough? Added Is it secure ...
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How secure are sha256 + salt hashes for password storage [duplicate]

I started reading about password hashing recently on multiple sites like this page on crackstation and others, and for what I have understood, I should avoid using hashing algorithms like md5 and sha1 ...
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Is it worth it to implement both SHA2 and SHA3 at the same time?

I'm creating a password storage system for a web server I'm building for fun. Would it be more secure for me to use both SHA2 and SHA3 for hashing, and then store them in a database? If I use both ...
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General Entropy as opposed to Password Entropy [duplicate]

I know that the formula for the entropy of a message is: (I believe b can be set to 2) but when calculating the entropy of a password websites usually only compute log2(p-1), ignoring the first ...
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Give Someone Access to Secure Website? [closed]

I have someone I hired on a Freelancing website working for me - so far he has worked for me for about two weeks and is doing a good job. In order for him to complete his work he will need access to ...
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Why do banks still hack-up autocomplete=off functionality?

With Bug #1025703 in the latest Firefox 38, Mozilla has finally decided to stand up for its users instead of catering to the banks that don't want the passwords remembered. However, I've noticed ...
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How does an attacker know when he has the password?

An attacker gets a list of hashed passwords. How does he know when he has cracked the password(s)? He can't try millions of times on the comprised account. Attacker gets hashed password. How does he ...
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Would requiring multiple passwords enhance security?

I assume that it was considered at one point, and that there's a good reason for not doing it, I'm just curious as to why. I'm sure that there are many people who struggle to remember a single ...
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How can American Express Serve login be PCI-DSS compliant?

Today I went to log into my American Express Serve account at https://secure.serve.com/ and accidentally discovered what appears to be a huge hole in their login process. Here are the steps involved: ...
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how to get cookies from aspx site to use it with hydra

I've been playing around with Hydra and .aspx site and I've hit a bit of a snag - Hydra responds letting me know that the first 16 passwords in my password list are correct when none of them are. ...
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Windows passwords: Blank/non-blank, admin/non-admin

What are the security concerns of the following user account setups on a normal Windows 7/8/10 desktop machine compared to: Using a non-privileged account with a password and having an admin account ...
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QR-code based credential retrieval?

This is a sort of design review question that I'm hoping is suitable for this site. I am designing a system that uses a cloud service to establish a secure connection between a PC and a mobile ...
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Why is “\000” added to the end of passwords prior to hashing with bcrypt?

I am implementing bcrypt for java as found here. Before the actual hash takes place, line 455 of this implementation takes the raw String password, and transforms it into a byte array like so: ...
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Why will Google no longer allow me to end or begin passwords with a space? [closed]

Why won't Google allow me to use a password ending in a space anymore? Backstory: I have memorized a cipher that allows me to generate a different and very strong password across many different ...
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Store password using sha1 [duplicate]

I've been using the sha1() function to hash password before inserting it into my database. But I have this procedure so that it just won't be the password to be hashed. My page would register a user ...
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Is it truly possible to store passwords securely, but be able to see the password?

Every place I looked, people recommended that storing passwords via encryption is like storing passwords in plain text. But every place I've looked, everyone recommends using a password manager like ...
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Bad password policy at my bank

I logged in to my bank tonight and was prompted that all customers were being forced to change their passwords for "security reasons". The policy for new passwords is: 6 to 10 characters, no special ...
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Sensitive issue regarding windows 8 password [closed]

Although I know this sort of request probably isn't exactly what stackoverflow is for, I am desperately seeking help. One of my best friends recently passed away and his parents asked me if I knew a ...
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Which passwords to exclude from a password manager?

The benefits of a password manager are clear. Still, it seems that there might be a case to keep at least some passwords out of it: Your primary e-mail, to minimize the "single point of attack" ...
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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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How can one know if the password database on the server is stolen or not?

There are many password breaches happening now a days. How can the system administrator detect if the password database on the server is hacked? Obviously, the admin can know once the password ...
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Where to store hashes, salts, keys in Desktop Applications

I am trying to figure out where or how i should store application secrets and keys inside a desktop application. For example a facebook app key or dropbox key and secret. So I've read that i should ...
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Can I initially hash passwords with SHA instead of hashing them with bcrypt to decouple requests from slow crypto functions?

I'm using bcrypt for some web service requests that hash multiple passwords. The problem is that these web service requests can take minutes to complete due to bcrypt. Not very user friendly. My ...
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How many combinations does a specific password policy allow?

Recently I was arguing about password policies. Assume you have a policy which requires 10 characters and additionally at least one letter, one number and one special character. My companion was ...
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How is the username and password captured on this mobile device?

I have a Motorola phone, and I am concerned about my privacy after reading this article : http://www.beneaththewaves.net/Projects/Motorola_Is_Listening.html The poster says: For both of these ...
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Is there a use-case that renders the password manager obsolete?

Background Trevor posed a question about the nature and validity of using a password manager, given the current prevailing model of authentication on most web resources. Caveat: this is not the ...