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

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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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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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Generate user a password instead of asking for one?

I'm trying to weigh the benefits of not allowing users to create their own passwords, but must pick out of a generated selection. Are there any examples of sites that use this approach? Workflow ...
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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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Should I decode a base64 password before hashing for storage?

My server gets base64 encoded passwords from the client, and I am going to hash them for storage in a credentials table. Should I decode the password and hash the clear text password, or just hash ...
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Reasonable way to store encrypted passwords in a webapp's database, Linux

This question is generally similar to past questions asked here, but I haven't seen one the relates to Linux. Case at hand: a PHP web app has a MySQL backend. As part of its functionality it accesses ...
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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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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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A low tech yet secure way to keep track of passwords?

I use LastPass and love it. My girlfriend creates her own long, complex, unique, and thus difficult to remember passwords for every site. She frequently forgets them and has to rest the password. ...
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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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Forgetting passwords typed in too frequently

It has happened to me several times that I've become so used to typing in a password I can't consciously remember it and it's purely muscle memory. This is particularly true with complex passwords ...
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How to guarantee privacy on files that I store

I want to create an Android app where users from an office (typical use) can upload scanned documents to the app backend service for later use. e.g. A lawyer want to upload a sentence ...
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Hydra bruteforce is giving wrong passwords. Can't seem to work any help? [closed]

Ok so what im actually trying to do is to bruteforce my own account on some website just to check myself . This is NOT for illegal steps or use , im trying to crack my OWN password , and im trying to ...
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How to store passphrase in this situation?

How to store a passphrase with a Java application that periodically needs access to its plaintext form? It is a strange situation, but I am wedged in it. If providing a decent security mechanism is ...
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how to pass credentials across applications securely?

To simplify the user experience , if we want to design a system such that the user login password for the desktop account itself can be shared with various applications like chat/email/skype etc. ...
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Limit attempt of user login against PBKDF2

I have been tasked been tasked by my boss to change the encryption system of our web application from MD5 to PBKDF2 as MD5/SHA1 has been shown to be breakable in recent years . I argued against it ...
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How to make a strong password? [duplicate]

I always hear conflicting things. Should I use a long sentence? Or is this privy to dictionary attacks? Or should I use a long string of random alphanumeric garbage with upper/lowercase and ...
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Security risks of typing wrong password

I accidentally typed my root account password on my google account login, I know google keeps their website quite safe but this question came in mind: Is there a risk if you accidentally type in ...
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Security implications of setting the same password on private key and PKCS12/JKS?

Are there any negative security implications of setting the private key password (DSA in this case) as a PKCS12 (and then JKS) export password (instead of generating/inventing a new one)? My use case ...
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How to enable a http post form penetration test?

I don't get the correct results and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong: $ ./hydra -l admin -x 3:9:a http://localhost http-post-form "/admin/login:j_username=^USER^&j_password=^PASS^:failed" -s ...
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Why does Google cripple the 2FA Google Authenticator PAM module?

If you enable 2FA for Google Apps the shared secret is 160 bits. The google_authenticator PAM module on the other hand seems to use 80 bits for the shared secret. According to RFC 4226: R6 - The ...
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Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA-PSK)

Can someone explain to me in what consists the Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA with Pre-Shared Key), which informations are being sent between AP and client, how is it possible to find the AP ...
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Should an administrator be able to turn off TFA for a user

We use Google Authenticator and SMS for two factor authentication. Should we allow the administrators of the site to turn off TFA for users? Google Auth uses SMS as backup option but SMS does not ...
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Is my information secure when using Private Tunnel? [duplicate]

I am using Private Tunnel to do some tasks involving sensitive data like logging in to PayPal and online banking. Is my data safe or can it be retrieved by other users of the Private Tunnel service?
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I don't understand how BIPS got hacked [closed]

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/112513-bitcoin-robbery-276352.html In this story we can see BIPS got hacked, but I don't get how it was hacked when it was offline because of the DDoS.
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Stolen Laptop - Next steps

My laptop (modded 2007 Macbook Pro) was stolen 2 days ago when I didn't pay attention to my backpack in a tourist spot in Europe and while I'm quite certain they won't have much use for it (the apple ...
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After having confirmed a computer is infected by a Botnet.

And having found a server IP that is controlling it. How can I find out the log-in credentials this client uses to log in to a IRC channel / server webpage / control panel. I have found out a python ...
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Banking platform accepts password containing subset of real password [duplicate]

How would it be possible that if my password was 123abc that my bank also accepts something like 123abc12? Isn't that an extreme security flaw? If the password was hashed and salted, wouldn't the ...
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Security of LastPass + YubiKey

I'm looking at password manager solutions and came across LastPass. I see they also support two-factor authentication using YubiKeys. How secure is this combination for password management? What are ...
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Is it ok to email someone their password from a newly created account? [duplicate]

I have a pretty standard registration form. One thing I've decided to do away with is the requirement to enter the password twice, for usability reasons. In order to mitigate the increased risk of ...
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Password security

I was requested at the login page of a website to first change my password. After typing in a new password, the web page told me the new password did not differ enough from the previous one. Does this ...
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How does Authy works?

I think I knew how does two-factor authentication works. I enter the password. Server generate random number and send me it me by sms. I enter this number. Server check number I entered with ...
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How to safely use a Key Derivation Function to secure private data - need guidance

I have some secure data created in my client app which I wish to store on the server as backup for the user. The user already has a password to authenticate with the server. The password is never ...
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is 'mysql_real_escape_string' enough

Recently on stackoverflow I've seen many discussions that mysql_*_escape_string is deprecated and instead recommending PDO. The way I've been doing it was to allow only letters and ' in the name field ...
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Question about a “Password Space” definition

I am currently reading the "Green Book" (http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/secpubs//rainbow/std002.txt) of the "Rainbow Series" and have a question on chapter "C.4 Password Space". From this ...
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Using the same base string for a password in several different logins [duplicate]

It is clear to me that using the same password for different websites is a bad idea because if an attacker manages to get a hold of your password, then he can gain access to the other websites in ...
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Best way to store passwords for a LAN tool?

I am making an app in Python for linux as a front end to the router (to automate some tasks). But I need to log in to the router before I can do any operations on it and since it uses a http-auth I ...
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S/MIME doesn't protect against a stolen password, right?

We're setting up S/MIME so that we can send encrypted emails. However, I have a bit of a stupid (and maybe obvious) question... If someone steals a password for either the sender or the receiver, ...
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Does it make sense to use two factor authentication with password protected wp-admin folder?

I've finished building my wordpress website and now, I'm concerned about the security of the website. To improve security, I'm using Google two factor authentication plugin while also ...
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Microsoft password email reset link leads to different url?

...I am really annoyed and unsettled by the password reset email I just received from Microsoft. What should I think of this? My email client correctly told me that the underlying url is not the same ...
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Why is there a “show password” functionality in some login forms? [duplicate]

I've noticed that on a lot of login forms in websites and applications that there is a "show password" check box. Why? I myself have seen some hacks that an attacker could hack the input password box. ...
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Is there any point in using 'strong' passwords?

Let's say I'm setting up a new account on a website. Should I bother using a strong password? My reasoning is this: Password strength is a rough measure of how long it would take to brute-force my ...
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How does processor architecture affect password hashing speed?

Does hashing speed vary significantly using different architectures (x86 vs ARM)? Scenario I am investigating the possibility of using a cluster of Raspberry Pi for cracking passwords hashed with ...
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Are passwords stored in memory safe?

I just realized that, in any language, when you save a password in a variable, it is stored as plain text in the memory. I think the OS does its job and forbids processes from accessing each other's ...
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Is it a good idea to have a “master” password?

Though I do have a good memory of passwords, it is quite impossible to have one password per application. Yet, it should be... My current way to deal with passwords is to have five passwords and to ...
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Cracking passwords after a patteren with ex. John

So i am trying to find out how easy it is to crack a password using some great Linux tools. We all know about John as a password cracker and how great it is. But how about specifying a patteren. ...
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How is password character validation in 3D secure is implemented? [duplicate]

We have a website which stores hashed passwords in the database. During logins we hash the password entered by user and compare two hashes. This is quite standard so far. Our client which is in ...