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

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Server checking client's password without ever coming into possession of it

tl;dr: I am wondering what the best way is to check a password when the client does not trust the server. I know of two common ways servers can check if a user's password is correct: The server ...
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How to manage company passwords when employing temporary freelancers?

I am from a marketing firm which now has a development team, which i am part of. We have been tasked with finding a few freelancers who can come in and work when either me and the other developer is ...
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Can cloud based password managing services be trusted?

I'm a big time user of cloud based password managing services like LastPass. But in the light of recent revelations like various government backdoors in popular sites, programs like prism, etc. I'm ...
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What are the security implications of using TOTP for single factor authentication?

(Note: I am not actually planning to do this. This question is strictly theoretical.) TOTP is commonly used as the second factor in Two Factor Authentication. It is an open standard with available ...
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Feasibility of brute-force on online password [closed]

I am familiar with how offline brute-force attacks work. But for online accounts, assuming no social engineering, how feasible is it to brute-force attack a password? For example, is this dependent ...
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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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What exactly is 'single' mode in John the Ripper doing?

I'm testing out John the Ripper (1.7.9 Jumbo 7) on a file containing MD5 hashes without any usernames. I've been experimenting with different rules and configurations – I am currently using a wordlist ...
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Where is my password stored on Linux? [duplicate]

Is there a specific location where the passwords are stored ? Is it depending on which version is used ? Are they salted ?
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Composition of passwords

Passwords (passphrases) that are taken from known texts (books etc.) are commonly considered to be weak, but what if they are employed in combination with random stuffs, i.e. in forms of AX, XA or ...
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Can I spoof IP addresses when attempting to brute force a login?

I am testing my website with hydra brute-force software. But accessing my apache conf remote server file, it seems that an attacker can't log-in more a limited number of times per seconds. Does hydra ...
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Where is my password stored on Windows 7?

Is there a specific location where the passwords are stored ? Are they salted ?
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Is user password in ubuntu 13.04 in plain text?

Is it stored in plain text or not? Where can I find the file that contains the username and password for my accounts in Ubuntu 13.04?
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Is it safe to store password in HTML5 sessionStorage?

I am trying to improve the user experience on registration by not requiring the user to retype their password if validation on other fields fail. There are a few ways to implement this, example using ...
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Similar passwords can't be used again. A sign of unhashed password storage? [duplicate]

In my school everyone must change their password every six months. The new passwords cannot be the exact same as the old one, this make sense, however many of my peers often complain that they need ...
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Is it common for a One-Time-Password system to become unsynchronized?

One-Time Passwords look like they can play a helpful role in a layered-security system, yet their use, especially paper-based TANs seem like clients could be vulnerable to getting out of sync with the ...
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Why store the password salt instead of generating it? [duplicate]

So, reading through this article: http://crackstation.net/hashing-security.htm it says that storing the salt is fine in plain text because it renders the lookup/rainbow tables ineffective. I get that, ...
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Is including a secret GUID in an URL Security Through Obscurity?

I know that this question is a little bit on the side of Opinion/Discussion, but I think there's a provable answer to it. I think the common view of "Security Through Obscurity" is that the security ...
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Is it worth padding passwords?

I'm using phpass (bcrypt) to hash the password and SSL when it's transmitted, and using PDO (with PHP) to stop injections, is it worth padding the password, so that if the user enters "123456" as the ...
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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 ...
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Recover Server 2008 R2 Domain Admin Password

So I did the ultimate silly thing: I lost my domain admin password for my Server 2008 R2 box. Sure, I could just re-install but that's going to be a huge pain. I tried rebooting with the Windows ...
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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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Is there any good reason not to salt/hash passwords you store?

Two organisations I frequently deal with (including my bank) ask me my password to authenticate myself with them... well... they ask for "random" characters from my password. As I understand it, this ...
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Router password vs MAC filtering?

I just bought a Galaxy S4, and it didn't connect to the WIFI in my house (I have a 14$ router). After a bit of testing, I've decided to leave my connection open without a password, but added the ...
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How do I block LinkedIn from extracting data from Microsoft Exchange Server?

LinkedIn now offers the ability to take a real user and password from the end user and connect to Exchange Server for the purpose of importing contacts into their system. (To do this yourself, click ...
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WPA2 audit tool

For the purposes of my own research, I have a very modest budget to set up a modest WPA2 brute-forcer supported by GPU(s). I've done some homework: Brute-Force GPU Password Crackers How to setup ...
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Brute-Force GPU Password Crackers

Brute-force password cracker programs which claim GPU support include John the Ripper, ighashgpu, oclHashcat, and others. oclHashcat appears one of the more popular, but I am not sure which AMD/ATI ...
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Looking for safe, simple way to store passwords with PHP 5.2.17 [duplicate]

I've found many posts on StackOverflow and other sites using Google, but since security is always changing, and what was safe a few months ago not me anymore... I felt the need to ask on here. ...
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How can I crack ArrayOS password [closed]

I have some Array Load Balance device that the user password hash like: user "array" "XXXXXXXXXVkjTX9a1kYtNo". How can I crack the password or find out the algorithm of the hash?
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How to avoid scripts with hardcoded password? [duplicate]

I have some scripts on Ubuntu Linux machine that logs in to a database server to run some maintenance daily. To login to the database, I need a password and right now it is hardcoded in the script. ...
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Does glibc2 version of the crypt function still use DES for alternative hashing methods?

I'm trying to understand how typical Linux distributions generate the password field for entries in /etc/shadow. I can't figure out what encryption algorithm is being used to produce the encrypted ...
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Touch Screen Password Guessing by Fingerprint Trace

After eating some garlic bread at a friend's who is not security-aware, she managed to quickly determine the PIN code to unlock the screen of my Samsung SIII. She figured this out by simply holding ...
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Plain Text Password Reset Vulnerability

If I receive an email with a plain text generated password (in response to a password reset request), is this a vulnerability? The password expires after one use, in other words the user has to change ...
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Unsolicited Password Request from Facebook

Today I have received 3 emails to my three different addresses, one with Google, one with MSN, and one with my company. All emails were sent from password+kjdmiikvhppi at facebookmail.com email ...
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Bruteforce Passphrase of Dictionary Words

Consider the all lowercase passphrase: "lazy fox haggles treaty" Assume all four words are in a dictionary of 2000. Bruteforcing word combinations, how long does it take to crack this password at ...
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Why isn't open WiFi encrypted?

As far as I understand, WiFi networks that require no password send traffic through the air unencrypted. Those that require a password encrypt each connection uniquely, even if they're all using the ...
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Does versioning an encrypted file make it less secure?

Suppose I use KeePassX as a password manager, and I store the kdb file in Sparkleshare folder as a way for backing up and syncing with multiple devices. The kdb file in itself would be encrypted, but ...
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Are password-protected ZIP files secure?

Following my answer. If I can list contents of password-protected ZIP file, check the file types of each stored file and even replace it with another one, without actually knowing the password, then ...
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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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Password storing in Google Chrome content scripts

I am planning to store the login credentials in Google Chrome content scripts. The content scripts will then use these credentials to login to a website when I open it in Chrome. I wanted to ...
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Pronounceable Password Generator

I am currently looking for a password generator which produces pronounceable passwords. I have used this random password generator a few years ago to generate a 42 characters long password and found ...
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Intel How Strong is Your Password page, good advice?

I came across this Intel How Strong is Your Password? page which estimates how strong your password is. It has some advice on choosing better passwords including that you should use multiple ...
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Good Password Length [duplicate]

If you are looking to be careful and your passwords include all the types of characters, what is the ideal password length?
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Password list generation

I've found during a lot of recent pen-tests that companies will use passwords like c0mp4ny@b( for a company called "company abc" Is there any quick and easy way to generate a list of passwords ...
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When salting and hashing passwords, any advantage to including password length?

In this answer, Gilles says (emphasis mine): There's no need to hide the salt from the attacker: it needs to be unique (and not derived from the password) but it doesn't need to be more secret ...
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Using JTR to crack Skype Passwords

The scenario: coworker's Skype somehow lost his auto-fill password. He doesn't remember it anymore, and the account is hooked up to an email address that no longer exists. He's never purchased any ...
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Is salting a hash really as secure as common knowledge implies?

(I did search on this topic, but I found no complete question/answer that addressed it, or even good portions of questions that might be relevant.) I'm implementing a salt function for user passwords ...
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Do honeywords add any real security?

This paper proposes the concept of honeywords for detecting if a password database has been compromised. As far as I understand it works like this: You save n password hashes for each user, one that ...
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Simple and secure remote installation method that accepts input via a web page?

When installing software on a remote server: Is it possible to let the admin (i.e. the user that installs the software) define admin username and password via a HTML page, in a secure manner? ...
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Cleartext password in HTML

Is there any problem with outputing a user's password to the HTML in an hidden field (see use case below before flaming xD)? The use case is a registration form with two steps. The user fills in the ...
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Could a password hash that's prone to more collisions provide better overall security?

Website security breaches seem to be a common occurrence, giving the attacker password hashes that he can conduct a brute force attack against, often given him a list of passwords that will work on ...