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

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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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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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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 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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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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Password Vault - Enterprise

I want to be clear from the get-go that I am NOT looking for a user password management solution. My organization already uses AD for that. What I am looking for is a password vault. Up until now, ...
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Is a short sudo password ok?

On a server I control, I have disabled password logins (public key only), but still need to enter my password to access sudo. This is becoming cumbersome, as I use a long, automatically generated ...
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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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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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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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My company policy states I must put all passwords in a password safe shared with management. Is this secure?

As the title says, my company has a policy that all passwords to e.g. our workstations and server logins must be stored in an online safe. I won't say which one but there are some out there you can ...
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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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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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Is there guidance that says all sessions to be logged off when a user changes their password?

Often when an account is hacked, security guidance is to change your password. However I've noticed that changing a password sometimes isn't enough to log out of other sessions that are active. Is ...
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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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Bypassing the BIOS password

Are there any reliable methods that allow an attacker to bypass a BIOS password, or alter BIOS settings without entering the password? A few ideas come to mind: The old battery trick (remove ...
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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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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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Using only password to authenticate user (no “username” field)

I am creating a client access system, to allow manage invoices, make payments, access information about their products and information/functionality alike. Supposedly there are less than 1000 ...
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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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How secure is the SRP that Blizzard uses to protect passwords?

Blizzard very recently announced that their network was compromised, but they assure users in their statement that the password information that the attackers had access to was saved in a secure way: ...
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Why do we authenticate by prompting a user to enter both username and password? Does prompting the password only suffice?

I don't know why do we authenticate by prompting the user to enter both username and password. In my mental model, prompting password only suffices. The reason is as follows: Assume there are x ...
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Replacement for One Time Passwords (OTP)

OTP may known as new generation of password security techniques, but I want to know does it still safe enough after several years of appearance or it will deprecate soon? & what would be the ...
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Which authentication at the end of the Secure Remote Password protocol?

For the the client and server to prove to each other that they have the same premaster shared key, the original author suggests this: M = H(A | B | K) --> <-- H(A | M | K) ...
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Feeding /dev/random entropy pool?

Which way of additionally feeding /dev/random entropy pool would you suggest for producing random passwords? Or, is there maybe a better way to locally create fully random passwords?
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How do you log in from an unsecured computer?

Suppose that you are on a cybercafe, at a friend's home or at your work office, and you need to log in on a site, but you feel that the the computer can not be trusted (e.g. your friend isn't ...
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Do users of non-latin character languages suffer from spyware and trojans?

Do Chinese, Japanese, other languages that can't be represented in ASCII get their passwords stolen? I figure there can't be some sort of bruteforce attack software for them, right? Their characters ...
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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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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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LDAP vs MySQL for Usernames and Passwords

I understand the LDAP databases are more secure, but is it always necessary to use LDAP instead of MySQL for usernames and passwords?
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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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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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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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Can I properly make password-protected 7z archives secure?

After reading the question and answers of this and this, I left with an overall impression from the last one that zips were considered not safe and insecure way of sharing data. I still think ...
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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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Due to which reason might a windows 7 password been reset to empty?

A user reports on monday he cannot access his windows 7 account anymore due to a "wrong password", which perfectly worked on friday. It turns out the password has been reset to empty for that account. ...
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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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Protecting Password Hashes with Store Procedures?

I was thinking about the recent (seemingly weekly) security breaches we've seen where millions of password hashes have been leaked and I was wondering how one might secure their site against a ...
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Alternatives to Common Password Retrieval

Wired wrote an article recently about the top tech fails of 2012 and to no surprise, the password was on the list, more specifically the way a user can retrieve their passwords. What are some nifty ...
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Should I take care when entering incorrect passwords in untrustworthy websites?

I have the problem that I usually use 4 passwords that I use quite often. I use the first two strong passwords for very important services (e.g. Email, PayPal,..), and the other two not so strong for ...
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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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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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Why should I hash passwords?

I've read that every good web application should hash passwords. I found many articles about hashing. So I started implementing hashing on my website and then I asked myself why should I do it? When a ...