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

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Utility company does not hash passwords in the database

I had to use my utility company's online account information application and forgot the password. Going through the steps of resetting the password I was emailed the password in the open. I found this ...
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What algorithm/encryption type does Gmail use for security?

In the wake of the recent database hacks, i.e. Sony, Gawker, etc.. where the hackers have access to the hashed usernames and passwords, i've been more keen in paying attention to the sites and ...
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Do spaces in a passphrase really add any more security/entropy?

I often see passphrase suggestions written as a sentence, with spaces. In that format are they more susceptible to a dictionary attack because each word is on it's own as opposed to a large unbroken ...
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Regulations that specify password length?

I have read: PCI DSS 1.2 SOX 404 AR 25-2 ISO 27001 But only PCI DSS specifies a minimum password length. Are there any other regulations that dictate password lengths for any industry? NIST ...
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How does Google not care about “spaces” in Application-specific passwords?

I have recently setup "2-step verification" for my Google account. One of the features is the ability to create "Application-specific passwords " for devices that do not support the 2 step process. ...
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How can I protect a client's mirror of the server's database?

The scenario is as follows: There are clients that users can access and work with. These clients can be online or offline. There is a central database on a server, holding all the authorization ...
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Is a password protected PDF file safe for bank statement attachments?

My bank emails my monthly statement to me in a password protected PDF attachment. Is this a secure method of transmitting something as sensitive as bank statement?
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Is it safe or even common to cache bcrypt checks in-memory

In a web application that (as a side effect of implementing the password anti-pattern) stores passwords, one recommendation is to bcrypt to store them (or computationally expensive one-way salted ...
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Thoughts on creating unscalable conditions to brute force even small passwords?

I stumbled upon something called "scrypt" which claims to add fixed time/space complexity requirements into password-based key derivation. Quoting from their page: A simple password-based encryption ...
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Is AES encrypting a password with itself more secure than SHA1?

This isn't really a practical question, but more a question of curiosity. I heard a CS professor recommend stepping up from md5ing passwords not to SHA1, but to AES encrypting the password using ...
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Can a dictionary attack crack a Diceware passphrase?

Everyone knows the words used in Diceware passwords (all 6^5 = 7776 words are published) -- they're all common words. Everyone seems to know that we're not supposed to use dictionary words for ...
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How secure is Windows Auto-Logon?

Obviously, if auto-logon is enabled, anyone who can gain physical access to the PC can use the PC. That's not the question. The question is, when I enable auto-logon for my Windows 7 box, will there ...
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Rainbow tables, generation and lookup, preferably using GPU

1a) What software can I use to generate my own rainbow tables, preferably software that can utilize CUDA or ATI Stream? One of the reasons I want to make my own, is that I want to use a specific ...
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Non English password dictionaries

What is a good resource for wordlists used in auditing passwords in non english languages. I have extensive wordlists in English ranging to several GB's, but can't find similar resources for other ...
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Is putting every username and password for our organization in a giant Google spreadsheet a spectacularly bad idea?

Our startup has something like 100 usernames and passwords to keep track of, and we can't keep track of all of them. Would putting all of them in a Google spreadsheet shared amongst ourselves be a ...
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Store a password to avoid user interaction

I am creating a windows service that sends email to a user. It uses a Gmail account to send the email, so it needs a password to access the account. It also needs to do this automatically, without ...
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Cracking long Windows XP passwords

Completing an assignment for my Ethical Hacking unit at University at the moment and the first task I have is to crack some passwords. Decided to use backtrack to crack some passwords from a Windows ...
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passphrases - lowercase and dictionary words

Amid all the discussion about password length vs. complexity (summarized by the famous xkcd strip and the followup dicussion) I am trying to make up my mind about passphrases made up with dictionnary ...
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Is using a flash drive as a base for security a safe thing to do?

I'm developing some software for schools. I've found severe flaws with the current popular school LAN protection that I feel needs fixing so I plan on releasing my own software. One the those ...
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Modern high quality password dictionary

Has anyone come across any good password dictionary lately? Some of the lists I found dated back to 90's! Some are simply too big that I doubt their quality. There appears to be some work by someone ...
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Is a public known password protected Wifi more secure than one without a password?

When connecting to a public Wifi from a café for example, some don't use a password and some do. If they do use a password it is often publicly known to everybody around. Does having a password on ...
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Is it safe to store the password hash in a cookie and use it for “remember-me” login?

I want to store an encrypted string of the password hash in a cookie and use the hash to lookup the user and log them in (if they want to be remembered). Is this safe? The password is one-way hashed ...
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What are the odds of brute-forcing an archive with 256-bit encryption?

I have a file (a stand-alone archive). I lost the password to it, but it has been encrypted using 256-bit encryption. The password is some 20-odd characters long (including non-alphanumeric ...
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How does one make password easily forgettable?

Is there any phycological research that appears relevant to making passwords easily forgettable under adverse circumstances? Circumstances might include when under duress, after some duration of ...
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What algorithms are best be cracked by GPU?

What algorithms are best being attacked by a GPU powered password cracker? For example, I heard that md5crypt that is being used in unix shadow file, is not the best choice for GPU cracking because it ...
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What is the use of password encryption?

Why do we encrypt passwords? Is it to protect the password from eavesdropping? to protect the password after saving it in database? both? or for some other reason?
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How to test if a browser add-on is safe

I came across this plug-in that started some alarm bells ringing. The add-on would help submit a website to web directories. The first 100 submissions are free, then you need to pay $20 via pay-pal ...
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Keepass client on Android (reliable one)

I need some advice to choose a Keepass client on Android phone which can synchronize using Dropbox. As i keep all my passwords in one place, I would like to keep it safe. Is KeepassDroid client safe ...
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How is WEP/WPA2 key derived?

When I was a kid, WEP had a 40 bit key. Later, they came out with a 128-bit key. But as we all know, WEP was so badly-designed that the RC4 key length didn't really matter much. Ignoring this, my ...
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How to make a certificate encrypted flash drive?

I was wondering if it possible to encrypt a flash drive (or any other external medium) using certificates instead of a password. The idea is to have a number of encrypted pendrives that can be used on ...
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https security - should password be hashed server-side or client-side?

I am building a web application which requires users to login. All communication goes through https. I am using bcrypt to hash passwords. I am facing a dilemma - I used to think it is safer to make a ...
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How difficult to crack keepass master password?

How easily could someone crack my keepass .kdbx file if that person steals the file but never obtains the Master Password? Is this a serious threat, or would a brute force attack require massive ...
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Is it possible to speed up WPA/WPA2-PSK cracking using a rogue AP?

We know that WPA/WPA2-PSK uses a PTK (Pairwise Transient Key) for each client to encrypt the communication. This PTK is generated through the process known as 4-way handshake. As told in the related ...
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How to catch a gmail hacker/money-scammer? (in conversation with one right now!)

My friend's GMail account was recently hacked and the perpetrator sent out one of those classic "help I was mugged, I need money" style e-mails. (Edit: I know it's legit; my friend called me to tell ...
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Is there any conceivable reason to prevent a password change in an authentication system?

I connect to the VPN of another company with a company-specific username and password (they aren't giving everyone the same password to every company to access it or anything ridiculous like that.) ...
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Is it “standard” to SMS passwords?

When I get credentials for a new machine, my company will often send the login id in email, then SMS (or sometimes Skype msg) the password. This is obviously in order to separate the login and ...
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Best password storage scheme for high entropy, unique passwords which is failure resistant [closed]

What is the best, most secure, easiest way to: store unique, strong passwords for every service which requires authentication make the system resistant (total loss of security is avoided, breaches ...
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Password system, possible solutions

I am trying to solve a problem with a password system. I need to figure out the probability of the password being guessed. If I have an 8-character alphanumeric password. it cannot be all #'s, ...
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Are Windows password hashes salted with the user name?

I'll readily admit I'm pretty clueless when it comes to cryptography, so there may already be some false assumptions in the question title itself :-) Still, I "heard" that it is more secure to store ...
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Is it legal to log passwords from failed logins?

Is it legal to store/log mistyped passwords? How many of you have seen this happen in a log file or DB?
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What is a good enough salt for a SaltedHash?

Since I'm hashing all passwords with each their own salt, is there a benefit to the salt being really random, or would an incremental counter or a guid be good enough? Also, is there a benefit of ...
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Laptop was stolen, they tried to log into my facebook from their location on my laptop

Can I get some advice on what I should do next? Laptop was stolen yesterday and they tried to log in my facebook today like 20 minutes ago.
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What are the implications of omitting the username in Secure Remote Password's verifier?

I consider implementing a Secure Remote Password (SRP-6a) verifier that omits the username from the x key hash. The intention is to allow authentication with multiple alternate user identifiers such ...
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What's wrong with storing private keys in the cloud?

I know this sounds like a dumb question, but whats wrong with it? Assuming that all private data is encrypted (by the client) using PBE AES256, then is this scheme more vulerable than storing keys on ...
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What is considered a reasonably high iteration count?

I copy-pasted a function that implements the PBKDF2 hashing algorithm in PHP. The function asks for the amount of time that I would want it to loop in order to produce a hash. Now, I'm wondering, ...
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Should we be checking password restraints on log in forms?

We have many restraints we put on users when they set up their password. These restraints include password length, characters they can or cannot use, the use of numbers and letters, capitalization ...
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What should be used as a salt?

I always hear that it is best to use salts on top of stored passwords, which then somehow gets concatenated and hashed afterwards. But I don't know what to use as a the salt. What would be a good ...
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Essential things to think about before outsourcing authentication with OpenID, OAuth, or SAML

It's clear there there is no consistent set of features among any of the popular authentication providers. Below is an attempt to aggregate the similarities and differences I've noticed, but I ...
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Detecting Key Loggers

We know that key loggers are the most effective and most annoying means of getting compromised over login id/password on the web or any application.... and your whole privacy is breached. Is there ...
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Known Password Lengths and security considerations

Many people wil often brag about the length of their password, like "yeah nobody is ever going to crack my password cause its 22 characters long." I was thinking, if you knew the exact length of their ...