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

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Setoolkit - credential harvester, only display the first character of the password

I'm launching a spear phishing campaign and my client has specifically asked me to only harvest the first character of the password, is there a way to do so? Basically instead of showing the whole ...
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Does it make sense to choose a longer password than the output of a hash?

Let's take MD5 for example: It outputs a 128-bit hash. Does it make sense (in theory) to choose an input (password) which is itself longer than 128-bit? Does it increase the probability of a ...
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THC Hydra 16 Valid Passwords? [duplicate]

So when I do hydra -l Admin -P "rockyou.txt" -s 80 192.168.13.1 http-get / it doesn't work for me. It says all 16 passwords are valid, but none of them works. Can anyone help me with this? I tried ...
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Would a Password Using All Possible Unicode Code Points Cause Problems in Traditional Hashing Algorithms, such as Bcrypt?

I've been toying around with this idea, but hypothetically, if you had a password manager that would use any possible renderable (e.g. not control characters such as BEL, NUL, DEL, etc., or surrogate ...
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Why do some websites and programs restrict password characteristics?

There are some websites and even programs that I use that have ridiculous password restrictions. Lots of forums for instance restrict passwords to ~32 characters. Others enforce a restricted charset. ...
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Why does Google require re-authentication before being able to start the password change process?

When a user wants to change the password for an account most web applications present a form where the user needs to enter the new password and the old password. So far I thought that I understood the ...
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Is sending a password encrypted or as SHA1 any safer than clear text?

It seems to me that if an attacker can intercept my login request (sent with HTTP POST), then he can replay it later, no matter whether I try obfuscate it or not. What am I missing?
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How to effectively save database password inside desktop application?

Suppose we are in the field of desktop applications which need to store their data in a database. How do I store the password for this database avoiding the most obvious mistakes, which are: 1) hard ...
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Received an email about an “Etsy” Password Reset due to the “Linkedin Breach…” is this a phishing attempt?

I received an email today from Etsy saying they are resetting my password(from the source it looks like a mass reset of all users), due to there being some sort of Linkedin breach, that compromised ...
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Secure database password stored in an env variable

I need to somewhere store my DB password on my production environment to access the DB. At the moment the prod system is deployed in the cloud, so is the DB. The password, the username and some other ...
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Possible to use both private key and password authentication for ssh login?

It seems that they are mutually exclusive, as disabling one gives me the other, and vice versa. Two-factor auth for my ssh servers sounds really nice, so is there any way to accomplish this?
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How does changing your password every 90 days increase security?

Where I work I'm forced to change my password every 90 days. This security measure has been in place in many organizations for as long as I can remember. Is there a specific security vulnerability ...
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Is there any point in using 'strong' passwords?

Let's say I'm setting up a new account on a website. Should I bother using a strong password? My reasoning is this: Password strength is a rough measure of how long it would take to brute-force my ...
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An alternative to traditional passwords: is there some merit to this idea?

If you've got a website aimed at people that are not necessarily technically proficient, letting new users choose their own password isn't very secure because of the simple fact that a lot of people ...
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Is Google's objective to kill passwords justified?

Google's Trust API has already been tested out in “several very large financial institutions” in June. It apparently uses a combination of multiple weaker indicators such as biometric indicators as ...
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Securely stored secondary password

I'm currently writing a portal site for Microsoft Dynamic CRM, the portal works like this: Each user has his own account to login to my portal. Each user is assigned a seperate CRM credential by ...
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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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Does combining two encrypted strings secures password? [duplicate]

For example, a person having password 123456. it's MD5 is e10adc3949ba59abbe56e057f20f883e and SHA1 is 7c4a8d09ca3762af61e59520943dc26494f8941b and after joining both hashes. Which comes to be ...
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Why is it a problem to store strong passwords as unsalted hashes?

My users all have strong (80-bit true entropy) passwords. How do I know that? Because my imaginary website randomly generates the passwords for them (client-side). In that context, could you explain ...
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Does Facebook store plain-text passwords?

I was about to reset my Facebook password and got this error: Your new password is too similar to your current password. Please try another password. I assumed that Facebook stores only password ...
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Password strength in Wordpress Network

Very similar to this question at Wordpress Development, but intentionally asked here. A password, that contains: at least one capital letter, at least one small letter, at least one number and at ...
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How does Windows Server 2008 store local users' passwords?

It is not clear to me how Windows Server 2008 R8 stores local account passwords. Is there any salt added or just NT hash is computed and stored? The following article describes all the methods used ...
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Can masked passwords on iOS UIs be read?

If someone had physical access to my iPhone, could they see the stored passwords for my WiFi or email that are represented as black circles and not actually the password itself, e.g. under my mail ...
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What extra security does a 2-step website login process with a PIN provide?

I am currently working on a web application with a significant security risk attached to its function. We're using Microsoft Identity Framework to handle user logins, with the system forcing strong ...
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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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How to check for duplicate passwords?

Is it possible to check if like 100 people are using the same pasword? without risking anyones password getting out? I heard that Google does this, not allowing the user to set a password 1000 people ...
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How secure is a password protected file?

I have a password-protected excel file that stores other personal passwords. Obviously there have been a number of ways to crack the password. community.spiceworks.com Where do you guys store ...
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Facebook account keeps getting hacked, can't seem to figure out why or how?

One of my friends, she has a lot of friends on Facebook, and uses it for marketing. Her account keeps getting broken into. Her password gets reset and/or gets locked for changing resetting password ...
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Are there any security advantages to forcing a password-character limit on reset, but allowing unlimited character in password-login?

I was resetting a password a few moments ago, and I was given a character limit of around 10 characters to make a secure password with. After resetting the password, I went to enter my password, and ...
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Do these packages indicate nefarious activities?

Being security paranoid, I could help but notice that in my autoremove list that there were two packages I did not immediately recognise and was immediately suspicious of: The first one was ...
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Why, after a certain character limit, are larger passwords labeled as “weak” on some sites?

On many sites we see an indicator if our password is weak, or strong, to give us a good indication to go with that password, or not. I've been noticing on some sites, that after x amount of ...
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Is it better to choose less-vulnerable random password?

I have created a random password generator function (which can be found here if anyone wants a look), which will churn out passwords with a random mix of letters, numbers, and other characters. This ...
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Should email verification be followed by password-based login? Why?

[This is a duplicate, considered off-topic at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26564992/should-email-verification-be-followed-by-password-based-login-why] A typical account creation process seems ...
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What should I do about Gmail ad asking me for password?

I just got a pop-up after having logged on to Gmail. It said it was from https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net and asked for username and password. What should I do about this? Has anyone else seen ...
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Are there more modern password hashing methods than bcrypt and scrypt?

This question made me start thinking about password hashing again. I currently use bcrypt (specifically py-bcrypt). I've heard a lot about PBKDF2, and scrypt. What I'm wondering is if there are any "...
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How are salts safe in the database? [duplicate]

I have read many and many of this type of question on the security stack community before I asked this question, but one thing that made me mad about salts and saving it in database is this ... I will ...
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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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Demystifying Web Authentication (Stateless Session Cookies)

I'm currently researching user authentication protocols for a website I'm developing. I would like to create an authentication cookie so users can stay logged in between pages. Here is my first bash:...
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Why doesn't the OS give every application a secret password?

As far as I understand if Dropbox wants to automatically run in the background without asking the user for a password it has to store the password somewhere on the harddrive and has currently no way ...
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VP of IT claims he unhashed 100% of all 16k employees' PWs. Is he lying to us?

I work for a company which has ~16,000 employees. Periodically, our VP of IT sends out a newsletter with "tech-tips" and misc IT stuff. The topic of this week's newsletter was "password security". ...
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Is it OK to use the same password for a Linux login and the SSH private key?

I want to remotely log in to my Linux server with SSH. Public/private key authentication is more secure than password authentication, so I have disabled password-based authentication for SSH on my ...
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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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Are services like “LastPass” less secure, as they have all my passwords protected by a single password?

If the LastPass service has all my passwords and someone gets access to my LastPass password, this person will have access to all my passwords. Isn't that bad for security?
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Additional security of keyfile on top of a master password for KeePass

I use KeePass + Dropbox to manage and synchronize my passwords across my devices. This system works really great and I trust KeePass' security model. However my biggest remaining concern is the ...
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I want to roll my personal cloud hosted Password Manager using pass. How secure/insecure would this be?

I've come to the conclusion that I need to up my security. I currently have a dozen memorized passwords I use for every device and website. I'm against KeePass/Lastpass due to having to trust they ...
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Should I allow browsers to remember my passwords and synchronize them?

I wonder, how wise is it to allow Chrome and Firefox to a) remember the passwords b) synchronize them? My gut tells me that if it's not man in the middle who can intercept them, but Google and Mozilla ...
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What standards are there for mangaging high value passwords?

I am leading a small team at a start-up and I am facing a dilemma with high value passwords. I am the only one on the team who knows all the key passwords for production servers, databases ... etc. ...
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Should all web applications implement a security feature that stores historical passwords? [duplicate]

In addition to Is it safe to store a password hash history for preventing user to keep same password repeatedly in some cases?. Facebook, and other companies, are storing historical passwords of ...
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Store passwords as integers

I just came up with this idea that I can store passwords as integers which take up 4 or 8 bytes as opposed to a hash that takes like 150 bytes or something. I wrote this function that converts a ...
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Why would a website have a maximum character limit on passwords? [duplicate]

I was just about to sign up for a website but the maximum password length was 10 but I can't think of a rational reason as to why a site would implement it that way. Can you guys think of anything?