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

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Send new password by email is bad practice but what to do if user forgot his password?

According to http://plaintextoffenders.com/post/7006690494/whats-so-wrong-about-sending-a-new-password-in it's bad so what to do ? Just ask him to set a new one ?
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Why would you do a password audit

I was thinking last night after reading an article about pen testing and security audits, why would you get a list of all the passwords for the company you are auditing and put them through a piece of ...
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What pros and cons are there to a one-time random salt between client and server?

In researching on best practices in hashing passwords using a salt I came across a presentation on slideshare. The approach outlined is as follows Client requests login page Server-side code ...
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Password hashes should run md5 thousands of time: really?

I skimmed through How Companies Can Beef Up Password Security and I thought that several assertions were completely wrong, in particular: Cryptographic hash (like md5) with salt are bad. It isn't ...
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Tool to grab sensitive information from command lines [closed]

Of the information entered on the command line (command name and arguments) have to be considered public (everyone can access it using commands like ps). Is there a known tool to automate this kind ...
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Online password managers

Can online password managers be used for storing and managing passwords? I mean from the security point of view. I understand that those systems can be different and some deserves more trust than the ...
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What's the idea behind requiring users to change password periodically? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does changing your password every 90 days increase security? Some sites require users to change their password every x days. For example, at least 3 online banking ...
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Reasonable (BruteForce) Attempts/Second Estimate?

I've read various articles on password strength and passwords vs pass phrases (including the one from XKCD and its thread here), but most of those articles seem to be focused on online passwords, and ...
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An alternative to traditional passwords: is there some merit to this idea?

If you've got a website aimed at people that are not neccessarily technically proficient, letting new users choose their own password isn't very secure because of the simple fact that a lot of people ...
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Which cross-platform password managers support encryption using a hardware token?

I am looking for a really secure password manager and I really like the fact that Password Safe supports encryption/decryption using a Yubikey programmed in challenge-response mode. Read more here: ...
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Is it safe to use leakedin.org?

leakedin.org claims to offer a service checking if your LinkedIn password has been stolen and whether it has been cracked. The website claims that it's pure Javascript, that is your password won't ...
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Database field type for password storage?

In the past I used varchar(255) for storing hashed passwords (no salt). Is this still enough? Or are longer fields required?
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When (if ever) should web app force numerical, generated (hence hard to remember) logins?

Some bank sites force me to use system generated numerical login (ie. 8 digit number). Apart from singnificantly decreasing usability and giving impression of security (to some), does it serve any ...
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Is my sons' school portal in violation of any Password/UserID rules?

My sons' school sends both ID and PW for a portal through USPS at various times during the year, (e.g. class registration) whether I need it or not. If I change the password, it sends a confirmation ...
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How should one manage authentication on custom line of business software

I am writing line of business software for a company, and we want to authenticate users, so we can manage workflow and do some auditing. Basically my employers don't want me to piggyback off of ...
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Are there any academic articles on how people handle their passwords?

Are there any academic articles on how people handle their passwords - how many they use in total, how often they change it, whether they commonly store it somewhere or just remember them and so ...
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For what malicious activity can one use a computer with a high-end GPU?

I'm currently researching what malicious activities can one do with a computer containing a high-end GPU. So far the only uses I found were Bitcoin mining and password cracking. Are there any 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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What do studies show are best practices for password expiration policies? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does changing your password every 90 days increase security? What are best practices for password expiration policies? There are some questions that already address ...
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Is BCrypt enough when saving a password into a database?

In order to allow users to connect to my website, I encrypt their password using BCrypt since it is one of the slowest algorithms to decrypt (making a compromised database longer to be decrypted). ...
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Recover Word file password [closed]

I have a Word (.doc) file that I created a long time ago I believe in a Windows XP. The problem is I don't remember the password anymore and need to access the file. What would you recommend I do? I ...
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Are more passwords breached via dictionary/bf attacks or via packet-sniffers/key-loggers?

This question has always intrigued me whenever the subject of passwords is brought up. Does anyone have direct experience or a reputable source to answer what percentage of password breaches are ...
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Academic papers on GPU password cracking?

Are there any scientific papers or publications on GPU password cracking?
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How to download PHI PDF from a secure website to a secure, encrypted folder on Windows 7?

Objective: HIPAA compliance. Here is the process: Receive PDF File through secure website Open the PDF (Which involves downloading to some folder) No longer need PDF The Question: Is there any ...
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Stripping / appending characters from user password before hashing to conceal it forever?

I had this idea to permanently conceal user password by requiring minimum length then stripping certain characters. For example if the user password is secret123, the system will strip it down to ...
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Can key files be brute-forced like passwords?

Let's say you use a program like Truecrypt or Keepass which allows you to have a password + key file. I understand that passwords can be brute-forced/dictionary-attacked but is the same true for key ...
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Lastpass - Can I just keep the previous autofills? [closed]

I just installed the Lastpass Firefox plugin, and it seems like a useful tool thus far. The only thing that drives me crazy is that I am used to the Firefox saved passwords where it will show the last ...
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Password in file .php

My connection.php file stores the credentials to connect to the database. <?php $objConnect = mysql_connect("localhost","username","password"); mysql_select_db("selectDB", $objConnect); ...
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Is PBKDF2-based System.Cryptology.RFC2898DeriveBytes() “better” for Unicode Password hashing than traditional methods?

When is it appropriate to use RFC2898DeriveBytes versus a typical hash? Update I now understand that a KDF is typically used to create a symmetric key for possible use in encrypting a stream. I ...
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Will passphrases always be secure?

In a world where most people used passphrases instead of passwords, wouldn't an attack that generates a random string of words (alternating between word delimiters) be similarly effective to a brute ...
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Using a tabula recta to store passwords

Reading an answer to another question ("Is there a method of generating site-specific passwords which can be executed in my own head?") I came across this link, describing a way to use a physical ...
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pesudo random password

I post a question before about one password repeating to make it longer, now its a new way want to ask about, if take the word 'secure' and instead of repeating it put somenumbers between it, exp: ...
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Can ssh keyfile security be broken in a few hours if the file is exposed?

At this link there is a claim that if an RSA key has a strong passphrase security might be broken in a few hours if an attacker has the private key. Is there something weak about the security of RSA ...
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Best practice for password distribution

I am about to set up a new account on my Linux server for a user that lives in another state in the U.S. I can't think of a good way to get them this user their password. There must be a standard ...
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Securing communication

The problem: I have an open-source client (a Firefox add-on written in JavaScript) and a server containing somewhat sensible user information: username and user history (all from YouTube). The client ...
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How to implement a “Remember me” on a mobile app?

I would like to implement a "Remember Me" time-limited auto-login type feature on a mobile application (on Android). To start the app, the user must type in a username and password. For convenience, ...
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Are Three attempts to block login a good idea?

In the company that I work there is a security rule: If you enter your password 3 times wrong, your login will be blocked! Then I have to go to mainframe program and re-register my new password. ...
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What are some good ways to verify user identity for password resets?

I'm wondering how others verify the identity of users they're resetting passwords for. We currently try to speak to a manager at work, but it frustrates end users and seems like we don't trust them. ...
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What can I do if my bank thinks my date of birth is “known only to me”?

My bank has recently replaced passwords with occasionally asking me information that is "known only to me". Such information includes my date of birth, postcode, and my mother’s maiden name. ...
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Why does Windows 7 require a password hint during setup?

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think Windows 7 is the only operating system out there that requires a hint for the first user created on the system (have not had a chance to check out Windows 8 ...
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How can wireless router password encrypts data using WEP and WPA

How does the password that we enter (to connect to a wireless network) encrypt the data on the wireless network? Through my reading I am not sure if the password that we enter is the same as the ...
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If I am obliged to store a password/certificate on a client side, how can i make sure that it is protected?

In certain cases we need to establish a key/password/certificate as a first timer and then as a client we need to use this key/password/certificate to get authenticated. Therefore the ...
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What are stolen passwords used for?

Say there is a line of business application which has username/password datatable in the DB. Personal email address is not stored, and usernames are assigned by an administrator. Someone gains access ...
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Please explain Time-step in Time-Based One-Time Password Algorithm

I am studying about OTPs (One Time Passwords). I have gone through all the methods: HOTP (HMAC-based One Time Password), TOTP (Time-based One Time Password) I have no issues with HOTP. But according ...
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How will security need to be changed if P=NP?

If we suppose that it is found that P=NP, how will security measures need to be changed? I'd like to know the major security measures that are affected, and how they would need to be changed. We can ...
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How Does VMWare Protect Passwords? [closed]

I am interested what features VMWare uses to protect passwords inside the virtual machine.
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What are all of the issues with storing a cleartext password?

I know, I know, cleartext passwords are terrible and you should always store a hash! However, I'm interested in all of the issues with storing cleartext passwords so I can make a reasonably secure ...
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What is the recomended algorithm to create a key from a password?

In my new secret document encryption utility, the key for symmetric encryption = the hash of a random salt and a user provided password. It is necessary to have a slow hash function in order to ...
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Using a weak password on a truecrypt volume

I have put together a portable apps USB stick for when I need to use random site computers, I also threw truecrypt on with an encrypted volume for some word documents. The password I am using is ...
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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 ...