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

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Is it a good idea to use an input by the user as SALT?

I have read many Q&As here on IT Security about password hashing and salting. I am building a simple registration form for our community website which will be used by our members to create their ...
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Eye-Tracking, Public Access Points and Password Protection [closed]

Could entering sensitive keyboard input in public places with camera systems equipped with a robust AI possibly leak keystrokes via eye-tracking technology -- assuming the typist is using the hunt/...
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Can Cain&Able Crack SSL? [closed]

I have been messing around with Cain and Able and used APR on another computer (also mine) to get a hashed version of my username and password for my yahoo e-mail account, but I seem to be lost as to ...
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Is this cross-site password model secure?

I'm looking for a way of securely having passwords for different pages. Say I generate this password: ild23rfsfdfg%*#fArg34t34657%537@asd7oak2094^*q2k2k@Kk3j4tn453Q5# Then, for each site, I change ...
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Why is unshadowing needed?

john /etc/shadow look like working, because john will use many-many CPU for it. But why is unshadowing needed? Why isn't it enough to use "john /etc/shadow"? Because of the salting? Can someone ...
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Would a massive blacklist of guessable passwords be useful? [duplicate]

Suggestions to make a good password all focus on creating a string that a computer (or more likely, a network of computers with multiple GPUs) can not guess. Putting a password meter for when users ...
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How can salted, hashed password storage be combined with a plaintext, nonce and hash based authentication?

My understanding is as follows: To securely store a password (e.g. in a database), you use a hashing algorithm designed for this purpose (designed to be slow, e.g. bcrypt), and you use a unique salt ...
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How do I generate a blowfish password hash in Ubuntu?

What's the command line to generate a blowfish password hash? I can't seem to figure this out at all. Apache's htpasswd only supports bcrypt, and openssl passwd doesn't even do blowfish hahes (but it ...
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Should password be cleared after unsuccessful logon attempt?

Lets assume following workflows a) On a device with keyboard: I type my username and password Press enter [realization] I made a typo Password field is cleared: not a big deal, I can type ...
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Taking password letters not whole one, is this secure? [duplicate]

I found a site which is taking password letters from their users not the whole password. Is this secure? Or do they have saved password as salted hash (MD5)?
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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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Is there a security reason for a site to limit the number of times a user can change their password?

Is there a security reason to disallow a user to change their password as frequently as they want? I have found this security policy in a site and I am not sure why it is enforcing it. One reason I ...
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Is a short sudo password ok?

On a server I control, I have disabled password logins (public key only), but still need to enter my password to access sudo. This is becoming cumbersome, as I use a long, automatically generated ...
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Should I take care when entering incorrect passwords in untrustworthy websites?

I have the problem that I usually use 4 passwords that I use quite often. I use the first two strong passwords for very important services (e.g. Email, PayPal,..), and the other two not so strong for ...
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How dangerous is it to store password in plain text on sites like GitHub?

I have a few private repositories set up on GitHub for some of the projects I am working on for my company. These applications connect to databases and I have database authentication credentials ...
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Detecting Pass-the-Hash

I was wondering what you guys are doing to detect attacks like Pass-The-Hash within your network. I've read about Breachbox http://www.darkreading.com/monitoring/researcher-to-open-source-tools-for-...
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Retrieve Admin Password from router [closed]

There is a way to retrieve a router admin password without hard reset? I'm loggen on LAN and know username and local ip address... TKS
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Are there implementations of password hashing algorithms for major frameworks that utilizes specialized hardware like GPUs/FPGAs?

It is common knowledge that password cracking attempts can greatly benefit from specialized hardware such as large clusters of GPUs or FPGAs. Are there any implementations of the commonly recommended ...
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What are realistic rates for brute force hashing?

I'm trying to gauge password strength assuming that the attacker has a hash of my password. Can anyone cite some realistic contemporary rates at which someone could perform various hashes? I know most ...
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How to encrypt files without giving the user access? [duplicate]

I don't know if I should ask this question on security.SE or stackoverflow, so please move my post if necessary. I want to store my (C#) application data in a way that the user cannot read or modify ...
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Is accepting old passwords a bad policy?

This question is inspired by an experience I had today with online banking, as follows. One year ago I opened an online deposit account. (Without naming the bank, I will say the company is currently a ...
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Does setting a user password on Windows XP help protect against remote exploits compared to no password?

In a typical home user situation with a PC connected to the internet via a router, suppose we are not concerned with protecting the machine from people with physical access. Does setting a password on ...
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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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How can I create a secure password?

I know the standard tricks, create a long password, numbers, symbols, capital letters, etc. My questions is how do I judge password security. I heard different tricks to make secure passwords. For ...
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LophtCrack version 6.0.12 is not auditing my Administrator password [closed]

I am using LophtCrack on my Windows 8 OS. I was testing my password strength and the problem I am seeing it is not working. It doesn't reveal my Admin password, I've run the process for half an hour. ...
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After salting my passwords, are they protected against dictionary attacks? [duplicate]

I use sha1() to hash my users passwords, but recently a friend told me that if someone get the hash then they could use dictionary attack and he recommended using salts. I implemented a random salt ...
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Working out how to decrypt encrypted string when knowing the plain text

I have access to a system which I have been asked to create a data export routine for. However, the address details are encrypted and the original sourcecode/password are lost. However, I am able to ...
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How can I encrypt my router admin page login session? [closed]

I login to my router using the web connection but the session is not encrypted, is there a third party way to encrypt the web session so no one on my network can sniff the password?
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How can I recover the password of a TrueCrypt vlume? [duplicate]

I am trying to recover the password of a trucrypt volume. It is composed by a combination of 4 words (one invented). I remember 3 of them but not their order. Do you know any tools that cold help me ...
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Why do websites limit password length? [duplicate]

I just made a new account with some eGov service (Belgian government). I use LastPass (which generates long, random strings for each site), But the system told me that the maximum allowed length was ...
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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 AXB,...
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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 ...