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

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Is 2FA really necessary with long, high entropy passwords?

I was wondering if two factor authentication is really necessary if you are using high entropy, long, unique passwords for each site. From my experience 2fa just beefs up security a little more, by ...
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Why are salted hashes more secure?

I know there are many discussions on salted hashes, and I understand that the purpose is to make it impossible to build a rainbow table of all possible hashes (generally up to 7 characters). My ...
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Is it okay to normalize unicode passwords with NFC/NFD?

I am currently designing a login for a web service. I will use a PBKDF2 implementation for hashing the passwords. However, I intend to allow unicode for passwords, as I will have international users, ...
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Rainbow Tables: Why do we need to store the last value of a chain?

Surely we could just make it so a rainbow table says for each beginning of chain do 10k iterations and then we wouldn't have to store both values? Or does by doing it this way it stop collisions? ...
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Retrieve RAR Password through Extracted File

So I was wondering about something, but for the simplicity, consider this example: You have a file with n encrypted files in it, of which one is called 'Note.txt' You also happen to have another ...
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How should I authenticate my SPA frontend with my API since I´ve got no authentication process in the site?

We are designing a web site for selling financial products online. The following is a high level description of the components: Our frontend will be a SPA built with AngularJs. The frontend will ...
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Time Memory Trade-Off Attacks

Given, we want to crack a password. With Time Memory Trade-Off Attacks one tries to find the right balance between time to compute hashes for all possible passwords. And the used memory to store all ...
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Is it bad practice to use the same password on different sites?

Is it considered bad practice to use the same password on separate sites, if so why? Even if the passwords to a site are compromised the attacker still doesn't know the user names or sites the same ...
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Is it possible to hash bcrypt passwords more securely?

I'm wondering if it's possible to increase the work factor of an already encrypted bcrypt password. e.g. I have a password that was encrypted with a work factor of 5, is it possible to increase the ...
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Is it bad to use the same sequence of characters in each password?

A friend of mine purposed a method of making passwords where each has the same base and added to it is something indirectly related to the site or product being signed into. For example all passwords ...
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Protecting wireless network

My wireless network protected under WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK protocol. Is there a good reason to change the default user/password for the router management interface? What would it take for an hacker to ...
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Why is password strength often underestimated and uncertain in the context of password hashing?

An aspect of security has bugged me for a long time: Why is there positive certainty about the importance of hashing algorithms and salts, but password strength is either never mentioned at all or ...
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Appropriate way to encrypt passwords/financial info?

I am in the process of creating a file/files containing all of my logins/password info for various accounts. In the event of my untimely demise this file would be sent to the appropriate party(s). ...
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Security of carrying passwords on person

While in college I decided to have a randomly generated 16 character password. I used parts of that password in various sites. However, one of the sites was compromised so I had to change my password. ...
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How to simply and efficiently generate different keys from one password?

I saw here that using the same key to encrypt and mac (in that order) a message could eventually be unsafe. What is the best way to generate two different keys from the same password (using a PBKDF ...
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How secure is a Python Pyro daemon for storing a password?

I am using the Pyro package to create a daemon which will, upon startup, prompt for a password, and then the daemon will store that password as long as it is running. Other scripts will then make a ...
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Password generation - too primitive?

A while ago (12 years old), I recognized my passwords weren't safe at all. Because I used the very same password everywhere, some grumpy admin could easily take over all my accounts (he got mail and ...
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Resetting passwords howto

I am currently in the process of designing a registration form for the users to register accounts. The accounts will contain a lot of personal information, so I want to ensure highest possible ...
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in which format this code is encoded ? and how i decode it? [closed]

"jmHMRWncShQ%3D" this is my encoded text , i want to know that in which format , this text was encoded , and also want to know that how i decode these types of code ??? this password may be ...
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Could using a generated key from an online service be considered a risk?

With some colleagues we're having a debate regarding the randomkeygen.com website. I do think that there is a security risk using the generated keys of this (or any of this kind) website. Why ? ...
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Will deferring password choice until after account activation improve security?

About one year ago, for about two months, lots of user accounts with unverified login email address started to pile-up. All addresses belonged to @yahoo.com. It appears (don't know for sure) some ...
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How do I determine whether a Linux-based router still has the default password? [duplicate]

My goal is to check if the password used by admin is the default password. I work on a Linux-based router. I know the password is stored as a hashed value in /etc/passwd. In generic Linux machines, ...
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Username and password stored under form data in Chrome Dev Tools

When I record the network tab in Chrome Developer Tools when logging in to my site I find that the username and password are stored in plaintext under form data. You can also find it in Safari, ...
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Is my hashing technique secure? [duplicate]

I am not sure if this is the best place to post this type of question. I have come up with function which, I believe, is a very secure method of hashing. (I could be completely wrong). Here's the ...
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Bad practice to have a “god” password?

Is it bad security practice to have a password that will allow you to access any user account on a website for support purposes? The password would be stored in a secure manner and would be super ...
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Any reason to use bcrypt, pbkdf2, scrpt for other things than passwords? [closed]

Let's say I want to hash some data, using SHA256, in order to prove I know something. Maybe it's my secret ID for something. In the real of passwords we have moved from hashing -> hashing+salt -> cpu ...
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Should I reject obviously poor passwords?

UPDATE: My questions and concerns below boil down to: "Should I reject obviously poor passwords like 'hellomydarling' or 'password'? My guess is yes and I want to know to what extent. I'm using a ...
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Does password “strength” matter anymore? [duplicate]

In the early days we happily saved whatever password a person wanted to the database. Later we decided that passwords must include certain characteristics like numbers, upper and lower case and ...
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Pattern based password cracking

I need to select a project for this semester. I'm a second year uni student in Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures. My idea was to see if using some kind of pattern based password cracking can be more ...
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Sharing passwords through email can be considered insecure?

I'm responsible to create new accounts for some services on my job. Some of these service do not allow password change by the user, so in the case the user wants to change its password, he would need ...
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Are longer passwords more secure? [duplicate]

There are more and more sites claiming that long passwords which are chained words are not only easier to remember, but also more secure then short but obscure ones. Don't get me wrong: I totally get ...
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What is the best way to generate a password/pin like string using brute force method? [closed]

I have a string of 7 characters. I'm supposed to generate all the combinations. But some combinations are more likely than others, I would like the more likely ones to be generated first. If I ...
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What are spambots doing with unintelligible login attempts?

After constantly being under attack in phpBB, I created a new forum by hand, which successfully prevents spam bots from registering, and I get a report for every failed login attempt, telling me the ...
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Hashing Passphrase in Client-Side JavaScript Rather than Server-Side — Is it Viable?

Yet another salting-and-hashing-for-web-sites question has been left on the doormat of Information Security's StackExchange. The oft-mentioned approach for website password-handling is to use a ...
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About password_hash() in PHP and storing (part of) its salt outside DB

So, i learned that new in PHP 5.5 is password-hash() which works much like crypt(). Which is more secure (slower) than md5() or sha1(). The result string is algo+hash+salt, which can be passed as-is ...
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Password Recovery - what if user can't complete 2nd step?

I'm thinking out my password recovery logic for an ecommerce system. Some backround: Passwords are stored using bcrypt, password recovery involves the standard reset link, which then can be used to ...
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How do clients enroll using SRP?

From what I understand, one of the benefits or Secure Remote Password (SRP) is that is does not require reliance on certificate authorities. In a scenario where clients need the ability to register as ...
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New to security, is php password_hash() good enough?

This is the first time I've had to handle personnel information and I want to make sure I have a good amount of security. I will be storing users' emails and passwords for their accounts on a MySQL ...
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Use of pwgen with sha1 to create recreatable passwords

I'm looking at using Theodore T'so's pwgen (on linux/ubuntu) with its sha1 (-H) feature to generate passwords that I should be able to recreate later using the same file and seed. I briefly looked ...
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Does two-factor authentication reduce the need for a long password?

I've recently enabled 2-factor auth on a number of web apps, mostly using Google Authenticator. Does this mean that the importance of a strong password on each site is reduced? I would prefer to use ...
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Hardware USB Key to Reset Any Windows Password

This tool requires physical access of course, and there are many things you can do once you have physical access, but this peaked my curiosity. The tool in question: ...
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Is a simple Whirlpool hash with random salt secure enough? [duplicate]

I've been working on a site that requires users to login. It's written in PHP with MySQL, and passwords are stored as Whirlpool hashes with a salt (source code later). However, security sites or ...
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Best practice for forgot password form, ok to leak that a given e-mail is invalid

On our forgot password reset form, is it ok to leak that a given e-mail address entered is invalid? Or should we always just return success and check your e-mail, even if the e-mail is not valid. I ...
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Bank accepts different password to the one that I set

I'm not particularly well versed in IT security so please bear with me. I recently discovered that my bank's online system will accept passwords that consist of the correct password, and a string of ...
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Is it posible to bypass BIOS password without owner knowing later on?

My laptop BIOS is password protected. Probably the password can be bypassed using some hardware and software means. But is it possible that somebody having access to laptop but not knowing the ...
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Password stretching using concatenation of hashes

I'm working on a simple file encryption tool. Basically, here's how my program works: password = get_user_typed_password() salt = uuid4() key = bcrypt(password + salt) cipher = AES(key) for block ...
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What happens if you run out of password attempts?

In Samsung Knox, you have 20 password attempts. However, it is never explained what happens if you run out of attempts. Does it delete your Knox data, do you need to enter the recovery PIN or is it ...
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Why change password? [duplicate]

Why are there recommendations to change passwords with certain intervals? If I have a good password, e.g. a long wrongspelled odd sentence with a couple of special characters thrown in, why is the ...
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A fake phone tech changed my start up password. [closed]

I was duped into believing a phone caller was a computer tech. I allowed him remote access and when I refused to pay a fee at the end of all his changes he hung up. My start up now has an unknown ...
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RatticDB for passwords is not encrypted. Is this good approach?

I am looking for a password application for storing passwords, and RatticDB have a web interface and SSH access is planned, which are exactly the features I am looking for. However, they write that ...