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

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In what situations can a hacker try to break passwords millions of times? [duplicate]

I keep reading about situations where a hacker could "easily" brute force a password (most recent example) but I'm confused about when some has an opportunity to do this kind of thing. If it is a ...
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VPN over HTTPs for a web service only

I have a web service (PHP & MySQL on Ubuntu 12.04) running in a corporate intranet. I have also connected it to internet through a firewall letting incoming connections on HTTPs only (port 443). ...
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Aren't password managers still incredibly risky?

I understand the utility in having one application remember a bunch of long, randomized passwords, but all you'd need is one well-placed phishing scam or a keylogger and they get all the keys to the ...
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Cracking MD5 passwords with the same salt

How long would it take to crack passwords up to 10 letters long if you knew the hashes were MD5 with a salt (that you know)?
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Did somebody connect to my facebook account?

I have a problem. I'm not sure, but I think that somebody (in our home network) found out a password to my Facebook account and sometimes logs in. Is there a way to find out whether it is true? There ...
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Breach informing

I am a staff member of a large fanfic site, but not the head administrator with control over the site itself. Recently, we had a security breach and the databases were copied, which included the ...
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How to store passwords securely in my server?

Disclaimer: I know I should use bcrypt to securely store user's passwords. Please, keep reading. I want to store credentials for several email services for each user. So if I log in with my username ...
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Is it good practice to SHA512 passwords prior to passing them to bcrypt?

I want to allow any-sized passwords to be allowed to be submitted. I currently use bcrypt as a key derivation function for passwords, however I have realized that it has a maximum input length of 72. ...
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How often do two users use the same password

If no two users use the same password, then in theory salting the password hash is not needed. How often, in practice, do two users have the same password?
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Convincing my manager to use salts

My manager says we don't need to salt our passwords because people are not likely to use the same password because they all have different native languages, in addition to the websites they are active ...
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Storing multiple hashes to prevent collisions, security risk?

This is all just for curiosity's sake, so discussion on which hashing algorithm is harder/better/faster/stronger is irrelevant. But my question/thought is this.. With regards to password storage, and ...
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Theoretical home grown password options, or what is it that SCrypt, BCrypt, PBKDF2 does that is so special?

I'm developing a personal web framework, nothing internetty, and probably not even anything that will ever go on my personal LAN. And looking for password advice people seem to only recommend those ...
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Is it safe to tell your users what kind of hashing algorithm you use?

For example, on the user registration page, is it safe to tell people "Your password will be stored as a one-way hash using the (whatever) algorithm."
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In two step authentication, should I check step 1 before proceeding to step 2 or check both at the end?

I asked this question first on Stack Overflow but it was suggested that Information Security would be a better place for it (pretty obvious in hindsight). ...
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Is salted MD5 or salted SHA considered secure?

Is using something like bcrypt or scrypt necessary? The hashes are so much longer to store in a database. Can one get away with using salted MD5 or SHA and still be secure?
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In addition to using strong hash algorithms, what is a good “password requirement”? [duplicate]

Assuming the use of bcrypt/scrypt: Would it be a good idea to "require" a password of at least 12 characters, also mentioning the possibility of using long passphrases, instead of your typical ...
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Is upgrading key-stretching algorithms and/or repetitions a thing?

Consider back in the 90s you're ahead of the curve, you hashed and salted your passwords with SHA, and you're a big site, millions of accounts, etc. Well the web evolves, and over time more advanced ...
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Is providing a website password over the phone any less secure than other identifying information?

I've been dealing with two separate banks for completing a 401k rollover (I do not have any other accounts with either of the two banks), and I've encountered something with both that I've never seen ...
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Should we rethink our entire password strategy? [closed]

Passwords get discussed a lot on this site, and there's quite a lot for both users and sites to do, to stay in line with "best practice". Web sites need a password strength policy, account lockout ...
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Should password recommendations be different for devices, networks, and internet?

I started using a password manager last year and updated nearly all of my internet accounts to super-strong, unique passwords, and that isn't a problem, cause I only access them from web browsers or ...
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Why not use weak passwords?

In a specific situation: online stores that cannot possibly store payment details because you pay using paypal, but require registration. What reason is there to use good passwords here? Breaking ...
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The registration confirmation email contains my password: do they keep it in plaintext?

I was kind of shocked when I just received my confirmation mail from the shop where I just registered myself: they sent my username (which is my email address) and the password I typed in. The ...
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Doesn't plaintextoffenders.com just provide attackers with a good list of sites to attack for passwords?

On the face of it, PTO seems like a good idea in educating people about password security. On the other hand, if I were an attacker, PTO would be the first place I would start if I wanted to start ...
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Does the strength of password matter in bcrypt?

Even if I choose 1 character for my password or 32 characters with numbers, letters, uppercase symbols etc. the bcrypted password will still be 60 characters length password. So does the password ...
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Identical lanman hashes on AD accounts?

I ran metasploit's smart_hashdump module against my (2008r2) domain controllers, trying to find any accounts that may still have lanman hashes in place. These should have been disabled long ago. I'm ...
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Security for message queue in ActiveMQ

I am using ActiveMQ and WSO2 for my application. I need to protect my queue to restrict posting of messages by anonymous users(I need to protect my queue with some password). I know, there is a ...
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Are repeating random patterns weaker than non repeating random patterns?

Which would be harder to crack: a password comprising of n characters randomly selected or a password comprising of x randomly selected characters repeated m times so that m*x=n. For example: ...
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how long do lowercase alphabets-only passwords have to be to match more complex ones? [duplicate]

Lowercase-only passwords are convenient for phones since we dont hit shift or go to characters page(each which is as much effort as hitting a character in my Android devices). But how long would a ...
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Timing-safe string comparison in high-level languages

I'm looking for a reliable solution to compare two strings without leaking their content through time differences. The length of the strings is not secret. The background is this: I'm implementing ...
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Length of passwords that are rainbow table safe

With large computing power (like what you can get in the Amazon cloud for example) you can generate huge rainbow tables for passwords. There also seems to be some large rainbow tables reachable that ...
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How can I tell if my ISP account password is encrypted?

How can I be sure my ISP encrypts my account password? I found out accidentally that mine did not. I had called to report an interruption in service, and in the process of "troubleshooting", the ...
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Trusted Platform Module (TPM) secure password

I'm trying to set secure Trusted Platform Module (TPM) passwords on a network and would like to set it to the maximum length possible. How long can the TPM's password be? Is it limited by bits or by ...
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Can users make use of a password manager when banks tell them never to write passwords down?

Consider a user who wants to use a password manager for their banking passwords. Advice from banks usually says they should never write down their password. The user would be concerned about going ...
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How do I generate a word list from a known seed word? [duplicate]

I've lost my master password. Not all is lost as I know the original word that generated the password: It was generated by a random case switching for consonants and random vocal to numbers. For ...
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Should a space in a password count as a symbol when checking for complexity?

There is no doubt in my mind that spaces should be allowed in passwords. I see some websites disallow spaces, symbols in passwords and even enforce minimum length which seems t otally nonsensical to ...
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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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Storing encryption passphrases in memory in Dalvik?

Given KeePassDroid, I'm considering some of the security implications of accessing KeePass databases on an Android device. In the native applications for Windows, OSX, and Linux, whenever the ...
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Is there more risk in changing administrator password locally vs from a centralized location?

I'm working on a mechanism to better handle group policy passwords in response to MS14-025. We formerly used this mechanism for setting the local admin account passwords on our workstations (primarily ...
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Is there a FIPS 181 like standard for random password generation with alphanumerical seed?

NIST recommends FIPS 181 as a random password generator for "easy to remember" passwords. As far as I understand the standard: it will generate a password that is lowercase, and with some ...
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SAML, and forcing a re-authentication

I have a use case forced upon me by industry regulation. I wish it wasn't there, but it is. A user logs in to my service, navigates around, etc. The user can perform many actions, but one of the ...
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Ethical brute force demo on a web login when knowing the password complexity requirements

We are currently having accounts compromised at a substantially high rate. Some in the organization believe that our password complexity requirements is enough to thwart brute force attacks. I wanted ...
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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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Is there anyway to generate a SAM file?

I was wondering if it is possible to create a windows SAM file. I already tried using chntpw but it seems like it only works under a Redhat based linux, ie I was able to blank/change a Windows 7 ...
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Exploiting Writeable SNMP

So, I've come across a couple of devices that are using default writable community names for SNMP such as 'private' (on windows machines) and 'Secret c0de' (on Brocade switches). I'm aware of the ...
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Can client-side hashing reduce the denial-of-service risk with slow hashes?

When storing user's passwords that you need to verify against (but not use as plaintext) the current state of the art is: Hash the password Use a salt Use a slow hash function - bcrypt, scrypt, etc. ...
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Why use Keepass, etc. if all your passwords are in one place?

I'm a firm proponent of using a password manager like Keepass to generate and store secure passwords. I also encourage others to do the same. But there's always one person who says they'll never use ...
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How compromised should I assume my computer is?

I had turned ssh on a while ago to do some remote work. I was just looking over some netstat info when I noticed someone had established an ssh session with me D: I turned ssh off immediately and ...
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How secure would this method be considered for password storage

Ok I am currently storing the passwords in most secure way I could think of. With use of Encryption and Hash. The passwords are first generated by user as plain-text with minimum length of 6 ...
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Automated software hackers use to try passwords

Because of the eBay hacking, I had to go and look for other accounts that I have used the same password to change the passwords on those site as well. (I know that it's very bad to have same passwords ...
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Touch tone phone username and password

I just got off the phone with Fidelity, who manage the health benefits for the company where I work. Before talking to a person, I was prompted to enter my username and password on the numeric keypad: ...