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

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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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Any reason I shouldn't be salting and hashing before putting through bCrypt?

I've been reading up on password storage and such, and have come to the conclusion that I need to be using bCrypt. I've got an implementation working correctly, but I'm wondering the best way to move ...
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Authenticating users to Web Apps without sending password — can anyone suggest improvements?

I have been interested in implementing authentication method for a web app that is run in modern browsers, without having to send the password over the wire. Can anyone suggest improvements or even ...
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Why would you not permit Q or Z in passwords?

Jetblue's password requirements specify that, among other stringent requirements: Cannot contain a Q or Z I can't fathom a logical reason for this, unless it were say, extremely common for the ...
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Why do websites limit password length? [duplicate]

I just made a new account with some eGov service (Belgian government). I use LastPass (which generates long, random strings for each site), But the system told me that the maximum allowed length was ...
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Is it possible to have a high confidence that a password is not being reused?

Have a few thoughts on the topic, but the general gist is if a user inputs a new password, is it possible to have a high confidence that a password is not being reused elsewhere? By elsewhere, I mean ...
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What standards are there for mangaging high value passwords?

I am leading a small team at a start-up and I am facing a dilemma with high value passwords. I am the only one on the team who knows all the key passwords for production servers, databases ... etc. ...
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Dual Authorization (Social Auth 2.0)

Can you see any obvious challenges to requiring 2+ users to confirm authentication requests using an association such as a friendship type of relationship. A practical application would be an ...
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Precise measurement of password complexity

I am thinking on a system, which measures the complexity of a password not based on its entropy or compressibility, but with a simply sophisticated method. The measurement of the ...
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How can a site know about insecure password?

I received an email from my web host recently that informed me I had an "insecure" password on one of my email accounts and that I had to change it. Their definition of what a secure password is as ...
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Challenge-response login without storing a password equivalent

A problem with many challenge-response login systems is that the server has to store a password equivalent. For example, if the server stores SHA1(salt + password), and an attacker captures that hash, ...
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Security of passphrase-protected private key

If an attacker obtains a private key that was created with no passphrase, he obviously gains access to everything protected with that key. How secure are private keys set up with a passphrase? If an ...
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What impact do the frequency of password resets have on password reuse?

Wondering if there's any research behind the most common password reset cycle I've seen of 90-days, and if there's any research that gives any insight into how to optimize password resets to reduce ...
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Hydra bruteforce and JSON

I am having problems with Hydra and a JSON payload. The login request (intercepted with Fiddler), is the following: POST http://architectureservice.test.com/api/v1/login HTTP/1.1 Host: ...
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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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A Google owned IP address accessed my outlook account [closed]

Today I got a warning from Microsoft saying that there was unusual activity on my account. Diving deeper I saw that there was a successful sign in from a Google owned IP address (according to ARIN). ...
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Where can I find good dictionaries for dictionary attacks?

I’m wondering where I can find good collections of dictionaries which can be used for dictionary attacks? I've found some through Google, but I’m interested in hearing about where you get your ...
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Securing passwords for REST Authentication

first post on sec so go easy. I'm developing a REST application using the Spring Framework, as as part of the requirements, we have to secure the different functions of the system to different user ...
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How does “Google password monitoring” work?

Google Apps has a feature to monitor users' password strength and notify administrator about it. Google help says: View the length of each user's password along with a graph showing its relative ...
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Is it a good idea to store Email addresses as hash only?

I am currently building a web service at http://write-math.com similar to http://detexify.kirelabs.org/ that should help users to get LaTeX code from drawn formulae. It is part of my bachelors thesis ...
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How does Google Authenticator work?

Google Authenticator is an alternative to SMS for 2Step verification, installing an app on Android where the codes will be sent. It works without any connectivity; it even works on plane mode. This ...
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Is it ok to use the same password for many services with two-factor authentication?

Let's say that I've a relatively strong password, but I don't want to use many different passwords for each different service, and let's say that those services provide two-factor authentication using ...
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Logging “password with counter” use

When prompted to update their passwords after they've become stale (whether that's after 30, 60, 90 days — whatever is implemented by policy), many users simply increment the number that they may have ...
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Certificate based authentication vs Username and Password authentication

What are the advantages and drawbacks of the certificate based authentication over username and password authentication? I know some, but I would appreciate a structured and detailed answer. UPDATE ...
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Paypal sent an email addressing me with one of my old passwords as my name

I got this email from service@intl.paypal.com, with the title: Your account has been limited until we hear from you. I think this is a scam / spoof email because I don't see any notification in my ...
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Should I obfuscate passwords before hashing? Should I pre-hash them on the client? What about salts?

For fun, and in my spare time I'm creating a simple CMS for my own purposes (with hopes to release for wider use... later), using PHP. I'm currently working on the login scheme now, and have a few ...
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How does restoring lost password with generated pin and help from service line work?

How does this procedure work: http://www2.schneider-electric.com/resources/sites/SCHNEIDER_ELECTRIC/content/live/FAQS/175000/FA175815/en_US/PLC%20Application%20-%20Forgot%20Password.pdf In short: ...
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Password Hashing Without a Unique Salt

I have a question about password hashing. This is not a question about the the BEST POSSIBLE method of hashing passwords, but rather a more utilitarian question about what is sufficient to hash a ...
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Are passwords safe to send through POST, without SSL in a iOS app?

Is it safe to post passwords to my web server in this manner? NSURL *url=[NSURL URLWithString:@"http://mywebsite/test/register.php"]; NSData *postData = [post dataUsingEncoding:NSASCIIStringEncoding ...
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Hashed passwords for NTLM authentication

I understood that Windows users' password hashes can be exported very easily. Right? So my question is: If I can have the hashes of other user accounts (e.g. local users on my Windows machine), isn't ...
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How secure is WD MyPassport lock

I have a WD My Passport hard drive. There is an option that allows you to lock your hard drive with a password. How secure is this lock? They don't give details about the encryption algorith or the ...
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Multi user symmetric key encryption

I realize SIMILAR questions have been asked before but I'm looking for certain specifics I can't seem to find elsewhere. The following question closely resembles mine but falls short for me on ...
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Should I hash a password if it is randomly generated

The best practice is we should hash a user password using algorithms such as bcrpyt to protect the user, however, given the following conditions, is hashing in the backend still matters? the ...
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How important is a mysql password for localhost?

We can assume that if an attacker gained access to a web server running mysql that they would be capable of reading the scripts to determine the mysql password. If mysql only responds on localhost, ...
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encfs and passwords

I notice that encfs fails to mount a filesystem when a wrong password is entered. However, this capability of detecting whether a password is right or wrong can allow brute-force attacks to be ...
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Is it safe to use the Keccak Algorithm to create the Key for a Serpent cipher?

I like to store some configuration but would encrypt them with the Serpent cipher. Is it safe to do this? When not, what is a better solution?
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Password Hashing add salt + pepper or is salt enough?

Please Note: I'm aware that the proper method for secure password storage hashing is either scrypt or bcrypt. This question isn't for implementation in actual software, it's for my own understanding. ...
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How do application specific passwords work in Google accounts? [duplicate]

I turned on 2-step verification and had to setup an application specific password for Outlook. I noticed the password generated is actually weaker than the one I had before turning on 2-step ...
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how to use hash passwords to retrieve keys from keystore or access database

How do I hash the password for a keystore? How do I then use the hash to retrieve something from keystore? Similarly, how do I use a hashed password for accessing the database? I have encrypted the ...
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cleartext passphrase for keystore

How is passphrase for a keystore to be stored? we have all passwords encrypted and the key to encrypt is stored in keystore , so how is the passphrase for the keystore to be stored? in clear text? if ...
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Is it important to use a slow hash in htpasswd?

It's my understanding that the purpose of .htpasswd files is to restrict access to some files in the server filesystem. If an attacker gains access to it, he probably has access to everything else ...
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Hashing credentials. Is hash(email+password) secure enough?

I am working on a client server application where to identify each user I was thinking of storing a single database entry: hash(email + password) In my opinion, this is enough to stop some known ...
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Wifi Sniffing Prevention

I share my wifi with my brother. Recently I came to know he is sniffing on my browsing. Is there a way I can prevent him from sniffing on my browsing? PS: I can't afford VPN.
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What are the implications of an overly-restrictive password policy? [duplicate]

I came across an interesting password policy online recently: "Please be sure to enter a password that meets the following criteria: must be 8 characters long must not be based on dictionary words ...
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How can I create a password that says “SALT ME!” when hashed?

How can I create a password, which when directly hashed (without any salt) with md5 will return a string containing the 8 characters "SALT ME!". The hope is that a naive developer browsing through his ...
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Amazon Turk - How secure is it? Strange behavior

I just had this really strange experience with Amazon Turk, where suddenly I was logged into someone else's account. I was logged into the company's Turk account, left my computer for a while, ...
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Can't brute force password cracking somehow be throttled?

Online articles mention the importance of a strong password and suggest that hacking tools allows bad guys to attempt millions of passwords per second. I am wondering why OSes and websites and such ...
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How to apply a pepper correctly to bcrypt?

Update: There is a better way to add a server side key, than using it as a pepper. With a pepper an attacker must gain additional privileges on the server to get the key. The same advantage we get ...
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Does my brokerage/bank use poor password security measures?

I'm no expert. Could someone please tell me if I'm overreacting? After the Heartbleed news broke, I changed a lot of passwords. Here's what I discovered when changing the password on my all-in-one ...
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Which hashing algorithm is ideal for use on the web? [duplicate]

I am new here, and have poked around the site looking for an overview of which hash algorithm to use on the web and why. It seems to be the consensus that SHA-256 or other SHA-2 family algorithms are ...