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

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Framework behind password reset mechanism

I have always seen those "Forgot password" links from web sites that requires some form of user login. Can I get a deeper understanding of how this works? What tools/framework do I need to use because ...
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What is the safest way to encrypt a password that can be decrypted at a later time?

In a web app I'm building, I need to use Apple's AutoIngestion tool for iTunes Connect. In this tool it seems the only way to use it is to send a password in plain text. What would be the best ...
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SSH Public Key Authentication vs Username/password for API Access

I have a linux device that will be making periodic call to an API server, say everytime the system boots up. Everytime then it should authenticate itself and then do its thing. I can either store the ...
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sample/starter code to test for TRUSTe password requirements [closed]

Considering its a requirement for Truste certification I figure that the code to test for a password meeting Truste's password strength requirements has been written more than a few times. I was ...
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Does changing the default number of iterations in KeePass (or other encryption applications) increase security?

Inspired by this question about the difficulty of cracking a KeePass database, I'm wondering if changing the default number of iterations in an encryption application (e.g., KeePass) increases ...
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What is a key-hardened hash?

I've seen the term 'key hardened hash' used to describe a recommended way to tighten up password hashing. What does this mean? Can it just mean to use a pepper?
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Obscure username input on login forms?

Not (necessarily) a duplicate of: Should both user ID and Password be masked for online banking? Definitely not a duplicate of: Should usernames be kept secret? I can sense your finger on the "mark ...
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Getting password cracking time and byte storage from bruteforce?

I am stuck with this question, you can see it in the picture I have included below. PARTS (a and b) I know a-z will be 26^8, A-Z will be 26^8 guesses, and 0-9 will be 10^8 guesses. But I can't relate ...
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What can hacker do, if he knows my SALTED password?

for example, in any website (WORDPRESS or etc..) they store passwords in database, using SALT mehtod (as i know)... for example: $P$dfwegfwegewgIT03.wewefefweg if hacker got this password and ...
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Is sending passwords through cellphone text messages secure?

Both the sender and the receiver deleted the text after it was sent, but is it still possible that it exists somewhere and that someone can get to it?
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Password reset question answer complexity

I need to implement a password reset feature for a system that will be controlled by a security question and answer pair. The problem is that I can't guarantee I'll have a valid e-mail address or cell ...
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Different password for each login - based on some variable

This might sound a silly question, but I was thinking this as and extra option(which is not required) mainly for advanced users, who want to protect their accounts even more. Lets consider that other ...
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Is there any point in using two step authentication if you have strong passwords?

If you are in the habit of using strong passwords (randomly generated by password manager) is there any point in using two step authentication? Assuming that 99% of the time that when you enter a ...
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Why would you decouple your resource and login servers?

As described on this link, OAuth specifies that a login server and a resource server should be decoupled. The idea is that if one of your resource servers gets hacked, no password data is lost. All ...
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Share root access without sharing password

I am looking for a way to share admin privileges on some hosts without providing the admin password. From his link, I was thinking of using a primary host from which every user can sudo -u user to ...
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Who should I give my password to [duplicate]

I've got a dilemma, should I give my password to my local IT help desk (I am seeing them face to face, and I know that they work for the same company as myself). They want to perform a routine ...
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MD5 before PBKDF2 on legacy software

I am mantaining a legacy software that uses MD5 in the following way: The client asks for a 16 byte salt when authenticating an account. The server generates a 16 byte salt, links it to the account ...
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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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Is plain text over https really a good idea? [duplicate]

Sending plain text passwords over https is quite secure, the traffic is encrypted, making eavesdropping virtually impossible. However, once on the server side, it is still plain text. Of course, ...
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Image file as password alternative

I seek guidance on interesting issue. Recently I've been searching for password alternatives, not because of the security, but to be more user-friendly. In one of my projects user receives 128 bits ...
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Is SpiderOak truly “zero-knowledge”?

I've recently changed SpiderOak password on computer A. Because I have SpiderOak installed on computer B as well, I thought I will have to update the password on it so the application can connect to ...
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Technology that can survive a “Rubber-Hose attack”

In the documentary film Citizenfour, Edward Snowden says about documents: I'm comfortable in my technical ability to protect [documents]. I mean you could literally shoot me or torture me and ...
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Why do major sites(Facebook, Google, etc) still send passwords unhashed? [duplicate]

QUICK SUMMARY: It seems like modern websites, for security's sake, should all have the client hash their own passwords before sending them to the server, who will rehash them, in order to avoid ...
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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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KeePassX and Dropbox [duplicate]

I am currently using KeePassX on Linux to allow me to have a different strong password for each website. With this program there comes two major inconveniences: I lose access to everything in the case ...
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Secure way to encrypt (not hash) passwords?

I'm building a system that for reasons I'll outline below, can't used hashed passwords, but I'd still like to encrypt them so that it's as hard as possible to crack them, in the (unlikely) event the ...
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Should a password ever be presented in plain text to a user (On a website)? Is this illegal under UK Data protections act? [closed]

There is a website I use at work, external to our own. They have just presented with every employee with their plain text password and username via our internal website which requires our own logins. ...
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Using a Cryptovariable with an API Designed for Human-Generated Passwords

I'm working with a vendor who provides an API with a user registration method clearly designed for human-generated passwords. We're calling the API in an offline server-to-server fashion, however, ...
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Acceptably secure solution for users to log in with a short unique code only (no username)

I am creating a website whereby users are given an account by invitation only, and are sent a unique code by post. Users can then log in (at least the first time) by entering the code only. The goal ...
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Is it a good idea to use two salts? [duplicate]

Is it a good idea to use two salts? This is implying that one would be unique to the user, and one would be unique to the server, using Bcrypt of course. So for example, if you're using Golang as ...
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Password hashing and blowfish [duplicate]

What I'm about to say is probably going to make me look like an idiot but it's better to be wrong and learn than have unanswered questions. Ever since I started dealing with passwords I wondered what ...
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Best practise Managing Key Material Securely in Memory in android

I am aware of the issue of user entered pass phrases being left in memory if stored in Java Strings (due to String being immutable). Which takes me onto using char arrays. However, I am wondering if ...
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Is “password knocking” a good idea?

With port knocking, you have to "knock" on specific ports in defined order to expose a port on which service is running. How about password knocking? For example you have three passwords: A, B and C. ...
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Can Google's administrators be trusted with Google Authenticator? [duplicate]

Suppose there is an evil Google administrator who has full access to every server or network at Google. Will such a person be able to abuse the Google Authenticator technology to gain access to ...
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Is this a secure way to generate passwords at the command line?

Occasionally I need to generate a password while working at the Unix command line. I have the following alias in my zshrc: alias randpass='openssl rand -base64 32 | tr -d /=+ | cut -c -30' These ...
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Hashing password with salt [duplicate]

I read from wiki: The attacker has access to both the hashed password and the salt, so when running the dictionary attack, the attacker can simply use the known salt when attempting to crack the ...
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Best practices for passwords on registration?

I have a website which users register an account. On the registration field, the form fields are: Name Email Confirm email Username But there is no password field. When they hit submit, they are ...
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Is it safe to store a passphrase encrypted SSH key in git?

I have a bunch of servers that need to access somewhat sensitive data (passwords for ftps, api keys, etc). Currently I copy a plaintext file back-and-forth between the servers via ssh and encrypt all ...
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What is a good way to authenticate a user to a smart phone?

What would be a good way to authenticate a user to a smart phone? By good, I mean that it is both secure, and user-friendly. Passwords don't seem to be the best fit because a password needs to be ...
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MDM: Semi-Complex Password Implications [duplicate]

What would be the security implications if an organisation decided to impliment semi-complex passwords (one letter and one letter), and not fully complex. I'm thinking in terms of mobile devices and ...
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Is there a study on how many websites are saving passwords as plain text? [closed]

For a research paper about passwords, I am looking for a source that gives an actual estimation on how many websites save their user's passwords as plain text on their servers. Is there any study ...
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Cracking office documents and other hashes using clusters? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out how I should go about testing this I just got donated 18 older hp systems that have 4 gigs of ram, and intel core 2 duo processors I believe that they are the ones that came ...
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Is it good to not have keyboard-based sequences in our password generator?

If we have to write a password generator, is it a good idea to contain a "keyboard-based sequence" checker? So if the generated password is: asdf4%'Q!76342 Then this password will be rejected by ...
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Breaking mysql username and password form [closed]

I have two versions of a website. The first one has no security precautions against sql injections. So if I try something like: Username: hello_world Password: ' or ' 1=1 I'll be signed in as the ...
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Are these SSH passwords of hacked servers?

I have been seeing persistent SSH connection attempts on my computer from a familiar IP address. I got curious and decided to do some Googling on the IP address. Turns out that someone from Indonesia ...
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Security of Windows Screen Saver Password

How secure is the Windows screensaver password? Seeing that screen saver passwords are used in the corporate world, is there any way of bypassing the screen saver after it is already running? Could a ...
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What are the differences between an encryption seed and salt?

Today I had a hard time explaining the difference to a friend. I know seeds are used when generating "random" strings. And salts are used when providing different outcomes to a hash. What is a ...
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How secure is a password app that stores both the password and two factor secret in one place?

Take for example 1Password, that now can store your password and one time password secret in a single place (your 1Password vault). I know it isn't truly two-factor anymore, but how much better is it ...
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HMACs that have the same key and message

im using HMACSHA256 to generate the hash of password and store it. the objective here is to just authenticate users, i.e - save their hashed passwords, and validate users whenever needed using the ...
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Combining SCRYPT + a short crc

I'm considering using SCRYPT for password storage. (I'm open to PBKDF2 as well, or bcrypt by itself). The issue is that I don't want this to become a potential point for a DDOS attack, given the ...