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

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How much does knowing the zxcvbn password strength help an attacker?

On an answer to the question How critical is it to keep your password length secret?, Mike Ounsworth commented that by storing the zxcvbn-calculated entropy of a password you make it easier for an ...
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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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Is it insecure to provide a hash of an AES password?

I have made some software that encrypts and decrypts files using AES. I was wondering if it is safe to write a hash of the password to the file so that the program can check if a password is correct. ...
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Facebook password lowercase and uppercase

Recently I logged into my Facebook account and then noticed that my caps lock was on. So I tried to log in again with and without capslock on. I got in both times. Then I tried to log in with the ...
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Is a ZIP file password easy to break? [duplicate]

I thought that ZIP file passwords were a fairly decent protection. I came across this video, that seems to indicate otherwise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqRSNuJSm4o [12 minutes view time] ...
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Reset links in password expiration emails

Our organization is rolling out yearly password expiration to our 40,000+ users this fall and we have been socializing this change for some time now. However being such a large organization, our users ...
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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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Why should I include a client_id in an OAUTHv2 password grant request?

Like little red riding hood, you don't know who is knocking on the door... Why even bother accepting a client_id in case of a API <-> Javascript-website or API <-> Android App password grant ...
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How secure is Snowden's MargaretThatcheris110%SEXY password?

In an extra from Edward Snowden's interview with John Oliver, Snowdon advises that a good password to use is one such as MargaretThatcheris110%SEXY.. Also, on the Errata Security blog, Robert Graham ...
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Make really personalised wordlist file

i want to make a really customised wordfile with: 4 letters first + 2 numbers example: divo11 or yeve11 And not like this: p0oiw1 or u4hf3e This wordfile is really important. How can I do it?
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How much is the entropy of a randomly generated password reduced if I regenerate until I get a password I like? [duplicate]

In many of the answers and comments on the well-known XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase? question, the importance was stressed of generating the password randomly, and ...
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Essential things to think about before outsourcing authentication with OpenID, OAuth, or SAML

It's clear there there is no consistent set of features among any of the popular authentication providers. Below is an attempt to aggregate the similarities and differences I've noticed, but I ...
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Is Django's approach to password reset tokens secure?

I am implementing a password reset feature for a web application and am contemplating adopting an implementation similar to Django. In a nutshell, Django creates a token who is comprised of a ...
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Encrypted files storage. How to simplify the password management scheme?

It's probably dublicate but I can't figure out the correct keywords for search. You can help by just telling me those words, I'm rather good with Google :) I want to develop somewhat like file ...
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How to detect a database leak

Website keep getting hacked every day and every now and then we hear website owners react and tell "affected users that their password might had been compromised". Most sites that disclose such leaks ...
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How are leaked government credentials possible and what's the point?

In the wake of all these leaked/stolen/hacked government login/passwords being stolen it got me thinking. How is the leaking of these passwords even possible? Or are they of any real use? Aren't all ...
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Save Password length after hash to minimize calculation

Reading this topic How critical is it to keep your password length secret? following scenario comes to my mind: Assume I've a web application (PHP written using password_hash()) using salted password ...
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Bash scripting and password input

I am writing a bash script and prompt the user for his password. This password is supplied for either a local or domain account to query a MS SQL Server (using sqsh and freetds). How secure is the ...
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Dump linux password in clear text

Is it possible to dump a Linux password in clear text format? In Windows it is possible to do so using "Windows Credential Editor".
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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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My Virgin Media account password is visible in plaintext to call center staff. What do I do?

Whilst on the phone to support staff (about billing) to Virgin Media, perhaps the largest ISP and telecoms company in the UK, I was asked to confirm my password over the phone. I asked the advisor ...
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Odd password scrambling algorithm

I'm researching an application that has password scrambling algorithm that I've not seen before. I generated a few passwords (the max. length allowed is 8 chars), and got the following results: ...
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Does verifying identity by positions in passwords mean passwords are stored unhashed? [duplicate]

If authentication occurs by asking the user for the characters at certain positions in the password (such as: give the 3rd and 7th character in the password), does this imply that passwords are stored ...
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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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Is it Safe to Send an Invalid Password Back to the Client?

It is common for websites to remember the username input value after an invalid login attempt but not the password input value. Take SE for instance. When I attempt to login with an invalid password: ...
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Why do so many banks have relatively weak e-banking security? [closed]

I follow a few infosec-related Twitter personalities: Paul Moore, Taylor Swift, Troy Hunt are the main 3. Paul Moore is currently in the process of switching banks, frequently tweeting and retweeting ...
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Should I show the security answer when the user goes back to edit the field?

So when a user signs up to create an account, they are required to select select questions and enter security answers. Once they do that, they can proceed forward to a review page that shows them the ...
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Is hashed password safe if salt and key are stored with the hash

I am trying to hash the password using SHA256 with random salt and random key in php and storing back hash value with salt and key used. I want to know does this provide adequate safety? The ...
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Line Length Exception in hashcat

I'm very new to cracking a password so sorry if I sound stupid. I am trying to get my admin password from my second PC (I lost it). I did find the SAM file with kali linux and with bkhive and samdump ...
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Saving username and pasword inside SQL

I am currently managing a network of around 100 PCs. Many users have different mails/usernames and passwords for different services like login to PC, mail, local applications, ... When an application ...
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Make password list with crunch [closed]

I want to make some password list like this : A4B9D It should has these : 5 characters first, third, and fifth characters are letters (A to Z) second and forth characters are numbers (0 to 9) ...
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What are the disadvantages of combining client-side and server-side authentication security?

Imagine situation: Application might or might not be run via SSL/TLS Application should not know password of the client because client might reuse passwords Wouldn't then combined client-side and ...
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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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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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Recommended # of iterations when using PKBDF2-SHA256?

I'm curious if anyone has any advice or points of reference when it comes to determining how many iterations is 'good enough' when using PBKDF2 (specifically with SHA-256). Certainly, 'good enough' is ...
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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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HMACSHA512 versus Rfc2898DeriveBytes for password hash

We are currently using HMACSHA512 in .net, with a 128Char (64byte) validation key The salt is 64 char randomly generated string. We allocated 2048 length on the database for the hashed base64 string ...
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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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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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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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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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guidelines for password managers

I use Lastpass and I'm testing out other password managers in order to set policy for organizational use. Depending on settings, I've found that these programs can automatically send your password ...
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How can hackers guess passwords (using dictionary attack or brute force) without being locked out?

Nowadays almost every website you want to register in; is asking you to create a complicated password...But why cant we use simple passwords? I am just wondering because in case of multiple wrong ...
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Is there a method of generating site-specific passwords which can be executed in my own head?

I was thinking recently about password security. My goal is to have mostly random passwords, that are different for each site. But you also should be able to remember them (or re-generate them) ...
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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 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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How can I detect users that have requested AD Administrators to reuse an expired password?

There is a trend among companies I've worked at where administrators (or helpdesk folks) give a user a courtesy extension of the old expired password... rather than forcing the user to change it. ...
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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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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 ...