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

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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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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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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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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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How secure is Windows 8's Picture Password login?

The final Windows 8 build has been released to manufacturing. One of the new features of Windows 8 is "Picture Password", where the end user logs on to Windows by clicking a specific pattern on the ...
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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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cleartext passphrase for keystore

How is passphrase for a keystore to be stored? we have all passwords encrypted and the key to encrypt is stored in keystore , so how is the passphrase for the keystore to be stored? in clear text? if ...
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At what length does a password stop making sense?

I'm going to recommend that our users start using a password manager and start creating strong random passwords. Though I don't know what size of a password to recommend. Is it possible for a ...
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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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Is Google's password recovery by entering an old password a bad practice?

When you try and recover your password on Google, you will eventually stumble across this screen, and it made me wonder: Isn't this type of password recovery from Google essentially the same as ...
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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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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 I be concerned when a “Forgot Password?” tool sends my password in plaintext?

Some sites I have been a member of in the past don't go through the normal "Forgot Password?" process. Instead of e-mailing me a unique password reset link or something of the like, I have received ...
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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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Thunderbird password decryption from the signons.sqlite and keys3.db without using any third party tools

I understand from the Mozilla documentations that the passwords are stored in the following two files which are located at ~/.thunderbird/*.default location: ( I use Ubuntu 13.10) signons.sqlite ...
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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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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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Why don't people hash and salt usernames before storing them

Everyone knows that if they have a system that requires a password to log in, they should be storing a hashed & salted copy of the required password, rather than the password in plaintext. What I ...
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Do salts have to be random, or just unique and unknown?

First of all, my motive is to avoid storing the salt in the database as plain text. As far as this question is concerned, the salt is not stored in the database. After discussion in comments and in ...
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Is sending password to user email secure?

How secure is sending passwords through email to a user, since email isn't secured by HTTPS. What is the best way to secure it? Should i use encryption?
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Why is password hashing considered so important?

After reading this article, I can see the benefits of password hashing as a second layer of defence, in the event of an intruder gaining access to a password database. What I still don't understand is ...
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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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How does Google Authenticator work?

Google Authenticator is an alternative to SMS for 2Step verification, installing an app on Android where the codes will be sent. It works without any connectivity; it even works on plane mode. This ...
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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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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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Standards for encrypting passwords in configuration files?

My workplace has a standard that plaintext passwords are not allowed in application configuration files. This makes enough sense on its face, in case someone gets access to the config files they ...
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Is it possible to brute force all 8 character passwords in an offline attack?

This article states: Brute-force techniques trying every possible combination of letters, numbers, and special characters had also succeeded at cracking all passwords of eight or fewer characters. ...
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How to securely hash passwords?

If I hash passwords before storing them in my database, is that sufficient to prevent them being recovered by anyone? I should point out that this relates only to retrieval directly from the ...
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Is it good practice to ban an IP address if too many login attempts are made from it?

Since an IP address does not necessarily represent a specific device, but probably a whole network/company/etc. does it at all make sense to block an IP address if there is a significant amount of ...
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Security of LastPass' password generator

I currently use LastPass for all of my password generation and management. After reading Diceware, I realized that LastPass' password generator might be insecure, as somebody could potentially ...
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A Graphical Two-Step Authentication System [duplicate]

Changes made to system proposed in Two-factor authentication Without Mobile Phone: In previous system, shoulder surfing would reveal the user’s pre-decided image. In the current system, end image ...
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Storing lots of passwords that different levels of employees need access to

I am wondering what other people do for storing passwords. Our current model at my employer is fundamentally flawed in my opinion, so I am trying to see what other people do so I can select the best ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Facebook account keeps getting hacked, can't seem to figure out why or how?

One of my mate, she has a lot of friends on Facebook, uses it for marketing. Her account keeps getting broken into. Her password gets reset and/or gets locked for changing resetting password too many ...
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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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Why is it considered safe for services like Mint to store bank password?

My understanding is that, typically websites are recommended to store only hashes of passwords using one-way cryptographic hash function. This way, there is no way to retrieve the passwords even when ...
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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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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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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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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 ...