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

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Does password-protecting a server's BIOS help in securing sensitive data?

I'm running a server of which I protected the BIOS with a password. One doesn't have to enter this password before booting, but before entering the BIOS setup. I just did this from routine. However, ...
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Will typing my password twice make it more secure? Or typing each character twice?

If I type my password twice (like: PwdThingPwdThing), OR type every character twice (like: PPwwddTThhiinngg) will that make it substantially more secure than it already is? Assume that it is already ...
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Can I Prevent Internet Explorer from Storing Login Requests in Memory?

Using Internet Explorer 11 I have been able to login to HTTPS web applications by providing a username and password and then subsequently logout. Whilst the browser process is running I can then dump ...
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What password based key derivation does PKCS #12 use?

I would like to make a note that I have read all of rfc 7292. I am trying to decrypt encrypted private key in a pkcs#12 pfx file. The private key is enveloped within pkcs#8 shrouded key bag. The ...
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Verify password hashed with nonce when the password is already hashed on the server?

I found this picture in the Wikipedia nonce article: To avoid sending the password in clear text and prevent replay attacks, the password is hashed together with one random number from the server ...
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What is the safest way to store passwords in a company for the case when the CISO leaves?

What is the best and safest way to store passwords in a company to ensure nothing is lost when the CISO leaves. I know this might be subjective and there isn't THE best way. But I'm curious about your ...
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why not use hashed password as password [duplicate]

Why dont we use our mobile phone tho hash a password and then enter the hash on a website as the password ? This way the password for the website would be much more complex. Would this even increase ...
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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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Is the BBC’s advice on choosing a password sensible?

In this article on the BBC’s website they offer advice on how to develop a password. The steps are as follows. Step 1: Choose an artist (a recording artist I presume) Lets choose as an example ...
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Intel How Strong is Your Password page, good advice?

I came across this Intel How Strong is Your Password? page which estimates how strong your password is. It has some advice on choosing better passwords including that you should use multiple ...
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Why do some bank websites use passwords that are not case sensitive?

It was recently brought to my attention that a certain big bank website allows users to log in with passwords that are not case sensitive. After confirming this, I checked other websites I bank with ...
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Why did customer services say using symbols in a password is insecure?

I am using an online service that I recently had to reset my password because I forgot it. When I went to change password I wanted to use one with a symbol !@£$%^&*(). When I clicked "confirm ...
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how to know the way in which password was encrypted [closed]

i have a encrypted password basically hashed i don't know what it is some thing like 11dfb34b27f539a5e785b68e529fd470 and i know the password i.e., the plain text but i want to know the way that how ...
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Isn't oAuth weaker than traditional passwords

I understand the need for oauth for programmatic access to apis, etc. whereas passwords are used for more human-level authentication. However when we store passwords, we (hopefully) salt + hash them. ...
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Is the option to jump to blanks in password fields a security risk?

Using Ctrl + ← / →, it's a common behavior across different operating systems to jump from word to word (or from blank to blank) in text input fields. Now I've discovered that this also applies on ...
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Are partially typed passwords a potential security risk?

I just sat down at my work computer and began to unlock it by typing in my password, I got 6 of the 8 characters in and decided I wanted coffee and walked away to get it. I came back, realized I left ...
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How to choose a good (and easy to use) WiFi password?

Over the last few months I have had to enter WiFi passwords into smart phones, TVs, printers, etc. None of these have real keyboard and they make it hard to enter long passwords or passwords that ...
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If I enter a password on the wrong site, should I consider it compromised?

I have recently started to make use of a password manager and good password practices. I have a different password for each site that I use. If I accidentally use the password from another site when ...
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Explain Security to Employer

My employer wants/wanted to install a 3rd party app on my personal cell phone. One of the issues that we are still not seeing eye-to-eye with is regarding security. Here are some issues that concern ...
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Sample challenge questions for use with self service password reset and validation

I'm building a secure password recovery feature similar to the one described here. During the final phase of the password recovery, the user is asked a recovery question to verify their identity. ...
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Does eliminating the possibility of repeat words make Diceware passwords significantly less secure?

I read about Diceware passphrases and whipped up a little program to generate passwords in that style. I do this by taking the list of dictionary words to create passwords and "ordering them" by a ...
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Two passwords for one account

Would it be a good idea if you had one account which would require two different passwords ? For example your login details were: email: example@gmail.com password 1: P4$$w0rd1 password 2: ...
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Who in UK I can report to if I know company is storing my password in plain text?

I live in UK, some time ago I wanted to login to my electric company account to check the bill and such, and I had forgotten my password - long story short I got my account locked and had to call ...
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How to use password salt the right way [duplicate]

I understand the basic idea of password salts. You generate a 'random' string of data prepend this data to a user password store password and salt (salt maybe even in 'clear' form) Like in the ...
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Forgotten password or reset link, which is more secure to email?

I originally posted this as a reply here in this thread but didn't get much feedback on it, and now I'm curious as to what others think is the best approach, or if there is any difference between the ...
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Is there any point in using two step authentication if you have strong passwords?

If you are in the habit of using strong passwords (randomly generated by password manager) is there any point in using two step authentication? Assuming that 99% of the time that when you enter a ...
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Public Key Encryption instead of passwords

As an alternative to using passwords, customers could be provided with individual asymmetric-encryption key pairs (i.e. a private key with associated public key), which could be used to validate their ...
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How do we encrypt a password using another password?

An article on Kerberos goes like this: The problem is, Charon cannot give you the password directly, because then you would know it. [....] So instead of giving you the mail server's ...
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Has password strength been an *actual* problem in a professional context? [closed]

Among the more security savvy community (very much including security.stackexchange) there is an ongoing discussion about the strength of different password policies. Examples include the ...
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Using MySQL 'encrypt' / crypt() to store passwords?

I've been tasked with deploying a FTP instance with a MySQL backend for storing user logins. Looking online I found Pure-FTPD, which on paper is great. However documentation states it only allows ...
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Securing HSM's Login Keys

I have an PKCS#11 enabled application which interacts with HSM to store TDES keys. The HSM is initialized with the Security Officer (SO) password provided by the user while the application was first ...
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How Should WiFi Passwords be securely stored on IOT (embedded) devices?

Some devices need to store and (re)use a password (not the hash) like your mobile phone using home wifi, SmartTV, etc; How should they store the password on their flash storage? So that a person who ...
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Is a security question you just have to 'remember' a good idea?

I was setting my eBay security questions and one of the choices were: Now I've seen sites that allow you to "type your own question" and "type your own answer" but unless they forgot a text field, ...
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stream cipher & e-banking

As I read on internet, I ran into these two question. Yet, I thought about it but still don’t know how to tackle it. May I have your help? (a) During an e-banking transfer the bank uses a stream ...
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Best reasonable way to store a secret safely

I'm working on a software that need to store and use secrets. These secrets can be for example: a password to connect to a database a client secret for an OAuth 2.0 client_credentials grant. I ...
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Observable password inputs

An obvious problem with passwords is that if an observer sees a user enter it, then the user has lost the password secrecy. Some systems try to defend against this with dark screens or with shields ...
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Nmap http-brute - Supplying arguments for bruting via GET

I'm attempting to brute a site in my test lab with Nmap's http-brute nse, which has the URL structure https://192.168.101.6/api/auth?email=a@b.com&password=pass Unfortunately Nmap's official ...
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Can anyone help me build a combo file suitable for my problem? [closed]

I have a router model C1000A company: CenturyLink Actiontec I bought it through eBay, my problem is that I can not connect to the Settings page because I do not have the admin password (the password ...
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Recommended policy on password complexity

Is there any research on how how a password complexity policy can increase or decrease the quality of passwords? If you don't have any requirements on the password then probably 90% of users will use ...
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Does bcrypt compare the hashes in “length-constant” time?

I saw this function slowEquals() while reading Salted Password Hashing - Doing it Right, which uses a byte-level xor comparison to avoid timing attacks. I was wondering whether this is what Bcrypt ...
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What are my options for securely printing an OTP Scratchcard?

I want to print and distribute several One Time Passwords (OTPs) that can't be easily disclosed to a 3rd party in transit. (think the physical version of a TLS session for private secrets) To me ...
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What is the real advantage of using a “more secure” algorithm like bcrypt for password hashing?

I read this article about password hashing using bcrypt as the recommended method. The advice is similar to what they're saying on hacker news about not using something like SHA2+salt. There are other ...
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Why use random salts?

I read this blogpost on how to store passwords in a database, the secure way. Elbert tells us to do this: Generate a random salt and include something random and the username in it. Hash this. Hash ...
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How to manage all the unlock codes for thousands of mobile devices (iPads)?

I need to manage (assign, store, notify, etc.) the unlock code for thousands of mobile devices (iPads). How to manage optimally this unlock code? Maintenance users should be able to access the unlock ...
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How to tell users that they shouldn't disclose their password over the phone to our help desk?

I work for a help desk, and we recently launched an online service where our members can log in. A problem we are having is that users who are calling us often ask us to confirm that the password ...
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Password hashing on frontend or backend? [duplicate]

I have a Java Server with Spring Boot and a JS Frontend in AngularJS. My teacher told me to use HTTPS for passwords, because I cannot hash them securely enough, that nobody can hack them. With ...
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Is this password inside a file secure? A security paradox

Preamble: I have been a long time lurker but first time poster to the Information Security site, so please be gentle with me. The Situation: I ran into a situation where I needed to securely store a ...
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Can a password be the same as its hash?

So me and my friend were pondering why passwords have a max length (and found the answer here) and I had an odd thought.. could a password be the same as its hash? I realize that salted hashes are ...
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How does correct grammar affect password security?

When using the XKCD password methodology, entropy is calculated solely on the basis of individual words, assuming that the individual words are independent. This is, of course, not necessarily a valid ...
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How to generate dictionary for a dictionary attack?

I need to crack my own password. Advantage is that I know possible characters and maximum length. What I need is to create a dictionary. The dictionary should contain all the combos of characters ...