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

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Brute force password cracking with a GPU

How are GPU's provisioned for password cracking? Do all, if not most cracking programs have special GPU aware software or do they just function at the basic driver or API level of the device? Can it ...
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Password resets - what practices should web services follow?

Many of you may have seen How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking, where a Wired reporter's Amazon, Apple, Gmail, and Twitter accounts were successfully hacked. The hacker followed ...
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From password to key

Can you explain this passage from Wikipedia? When a password (or passphrase) is used as an encryption key, well-designed cryptosystems first run it through a key derivation function which adds a ...
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Is there a risk in sending the username in a password reset email?

We're using a CMS that has a password reset function that works according to best practices out of the box. Passwords are stored as salted hashes Forgot Password works like this: User enters ...
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company is sending md5 string via GET['password'] dangerous?

So, this big, reknown company (you all heard off) is sending md5 encrypted strings (with GET key: password) over HTTP. I accidentally came over it since I wanted to use jnlp on a non-windows ...
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Password and Generated number - How does it work?

In my company, they don't allow accessing the company email or servers from outside the company network. To access the email from outside the network, you have to use: Username, password and a number ...
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“Username and/or Password Invalid” - Why do websites show this kind of message instead of informing the user which one was wrong?

Lets say a user is logging into a typical site, entering their username and password, and they mistype one of their inputs. I have noticed that most, if not all, sites show the same message (something ...
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Password sending through network [duplicate]

In case of no TLS/SSL available, why can't I use the hash of the password (SHA512) as the key to encrypt the password (with out any salt) to send through the network ? MITM attacks I can understand, ...
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Managing and deploying web app passwords

What are some best practices for managing and deploying web app passwords and private keys? E.g. the password to access a database or external services like the Facebook API. I'm referring generally ...
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Use the hash of the password to encrypted password

I have a app which transmit the password in clear text. I was planning to use the hash of the password (SHA-512) as the key for encrypting the plain text password. Then send the encrypted text to the ...
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Is a password in the clipboard vulnerable to attacks?

I see situations where you may have to input the same password more than once. You may type it in a text editor and copy it to clipboard, to paste it two or more times. In what scenarios this could ...
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I'm an IT consultant. Should I discourage a client from telling me his password?

I'm an IT consultant. One client has known me for a few years. He wants me to do some work on his kids' laptop again. I'll need to log into his kids' Windows user account. (I'm guessing that multiple ...
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usernames and passwords

I was thinking about usernames and passwords and I was wondering how secure it would be to instead of the server having a list of usernames and accompanying hash of the passwords, just have a list of ...
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Is a password protected PDF file safe for bank statement attachments?

My bank emails my monthly statement to me in a password protected PDF attachment. Is this a secure method of transmitting something as sensitive as bank statement?
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Creating New Acc in Mac Mail 1st Connect to Server not SSL is uname & pw tx secure?

It appears that whenever you set up a new mail account on Mac Mail on OS X (or iPhone, iPad etc), that as soon as you enter the server and the mail account user name and password, Mac Apple-Mail tries ...
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Hash(master + hostname) password scheme for a server pool

I manage about 20+ Linux servers and I am considering using an md5 scheme similar to following to generate the admin passwords: echo 'masterpassword' 'serverhostname' | md5sum Which returns ...
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Would this idea for a password be secure? [duplicate]

I was thinking about password security this morning. Mainly, about the recent adobe hack releasing thousands of passwords. The current problem with existing passwords is that you have three options: ...
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Where to download a list of email accounts hacked from Adobe? [closed]

Adobe announced they had been hacked and millions of user accounts and passwords compromised. These sites allow a search on email address to see if it was compromised: https://lastpass.com/adobe/ ...
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Should user's password strength be assessed at client or at server side?

Now most of big website like Google mail, Twitter, Facebook have a feature that assesses password strength (check number of digit, alphabet, special characters, or check the similarity over already ...
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help me about salting passwords

Eve has just discovered and decrypted the file that associates each userid with its 32-bit random salt value, and she has also discovered and decrypted the password file, which contains the ...
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Storing passwords online using Gmail documents

Following this discussion about "Online Passwords Managers" I wonder whether it is a good idea to store the passwords using a spreadsheet inside Gmail documents? I mean, it seems to me that these ...
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Is MS-CHAPv2 incompatible with securely stored passwords?

I have a directory service that can speak a number of protocols and is used for user authentication. Currently user credentials are stored using Bcrypt to protect them in case of a compromised ...
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Is there any added security benefit to username complexity requirements?

I've come across several sites lately that have complexity requirements for usernames like "must be 8 characters long and contain at least 2 numbers". Is there any real added benefit to this from a ...
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How to know the windows security dialog asking for username password is genuine?

I recently faced one issue. It appeared my outlook launched a dialog saying it needed password. It looked like this I noticed the "->" character in the domain name which usually it auto fills. Also ...
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OWASP Recommendation on Client-Side Password Hashing

The OWASP Application Security FAQ recommends the use of JavaScript to produce a salted hash of the password client-side with JavaScript prior to sending it to the server. Is this something truly ...
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Password hint storage, analysis

What are the security implications of asking users to provide password hints? What are best practices for storing user hints? What research has been done on using user-supplied password hints to ...
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Considering that SRP is better than SSH and Basic Auth, how can it be implemented in a website?

SRP is short for Secure Remote Password protocol, and provides a better way for passwords to be sent over the internet. I've read the information at it's Stanford University home page, the Wiki ...
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Can password-protected zip files be broken without brute force?

You have a zip file that you created with 7z to password-protect it with AES 128. Can a smart adversary extract the data only through brute force, or is the file vulnerable to other attacks - such as, ...
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Retrieving OSx Keychain passwords

I have a computer forensics style osx login.keychain file that I am trying to find the passwords from. I have a very weak mac which I used crowbarkc on to try and brute force but the horsepower is ...
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symetric key encryption vs hashing

This is a fascinating document: top 100 passwords from adobe breach I have a question about one part of it: However, thanks to Adobe choosing symmetric key encryption over hashing, selecting ...
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In what sense is Knock to Unlock safer than a password?

I've recently seen a youtube video, which is advertising an iphone app which will unlock your mac computer by knocking on your iphone. The ad is claiming that it is faster and safer than typing your ...
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Is honeywords different from k-anonymity?

Ari Juels and Ron Rivest propose a technqiue to strengthen password files called honeywords . Basically for each valid password they insert fake passwords (honeywords) and if somebody tries to ...
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Is using SHA2 to generate passwords good idea? [duplicate]

I am currently planning a service for users (mostly me and family) to store encrypted information on my server from a web interface without making this information easily available for anybody who ...
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Can I trust large companies like Google not to store failed password attempts?

Let's say, for example, that I accidentally entered my Microsoft account password instead of my Google account password when logging in to some Google web service. After getting an error message, I ...
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Why do some websites increase the number of characters in the password field when logging in?

Why do some websites (especially banking sites) display more characters in the password field than were actually typed? This is sometimes apparent just after clicking the login button.
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Looking for example of well-known app using unsalted hashes

Does anyone know of a well-known application that still uses unsalted hashes for password storage? I'm looking for an example for an upcoming lecture on Rainbow Tables, and I think it would add ...
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Is it safe to store password in PHP session?

I need to do some encryptions in the private zone of my website and I want to bcrypt the user's password. Is it safe to store the password in the session when user does the login, so that I can use ...
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Error using ncrack

I am trying to run a ncrack command of the following format: ncrack -P filePath1 filePath2 --user user1, user2, user3 ipAddress:port and I get the following error; Does anybody know why I'm ...
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Does the password you use to sign into a VPN determine the strength?

I subscribed to a VPN service and need to change the password. Does the password I use to log in determine the strength? For example should it be 64 characters long or can it be 10? I'm thinking of ...
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Is HTTPS and Basic Authentication secure enough for banking webservices (RESTful)?

I have been reading about SSL/TLS for the last few days and looks like it has never been practically cracked. Given SSL/TLS is used for all communications between client application and the server, ...
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How to tell if a site is securely storing passwords? [closed]

A site I frequent has a policy to make you change your password every 90 days. That's a cool policy, but I stumbled upon an old xkcd and facepalmed myself, because lots of doxing happens on this site. ...
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What are the risks of storing passwords in a GPG encrypted file?

I currently store my passwords in a text file encrypted using GPG -e (specifying my own public key). When I want to lookup a password I'll do something like gpg -d passwords.gpg | grep ...
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How is the iCloud keychain protected from unauthorized access?

With OS X Mavericks and iOS 7.0.3, Apple has introduced a new feature called iCloud keychain. During setup, you can choose an iCloud Security Code. This code is used when you want to grant access to ...
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Are the SS64.com password generators a good approach?

There are two password generators on ss64.com: The standard one The strong one How they work I made standalone versions of them, plus copy of the original HTML/Javascript versions, if you want to ...
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Recover Windows Server 2003 admin password through restricted user

OK, so here goes after a lot of trial and error: background: My client recently took over another firm. However, apparently the administrator passwords to the server (along with some other non-IT ...
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Vulnerability of Chrome's “Login Data” file after being orphaned from the host system

Suppose someone were to knick a "Login Data" file from a Windows computer's Google Chrome profile. They don't know the machine's user account password, but they may have some ideas as to what it ...
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How Secure Rooted or Jailbroken Devices are?

I am just wondering, but how can I harden the security of jailbroken or rooted devices? I understand that SD Card can be still accessible, but how could potential adversaries compromise for example ...
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How safe is it to provide my administrator account password for a 3rd party software: EasyUS Todo Backup?

I've been recently searching for a backup solution for my Windows desktop. That's when I came across this free software called EasyUS Todo Backup. (I know it's a mouthful but English doesn't seem to ...
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Tokenless REST API security concerns

I'm designing an API in PHP/MySQL that, by its design, will not store a user's password in the database and thus does not generate authorization tokens for the client to hold. The reason for this is ...
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Altering passwords before storing

Assume that I'm using bcrypt with a unique salt (or some other best practice) to hash user passwords before storing them in my database. Is there any security advantage to be gained by ...