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

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Advantages with PIN code authentication where the digits are placed at random positions?

I noticed that a lot of high-risk websites, such as bank and payment platforms, do not use a passwords for authentication (as usual) but instead use a PIN code where the numbers are placed at random ...
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How can this encryption algorithm be improved?

I am currently developing an application to store my passwords safely. It will be a proof-of-concept at first, but I am planning to upgrade it later. Anyway, here is how the passwords are accessed: ...
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Why have username AND password? [duplicate]

It seems most security mechanisms nowadays default to a username + password combination for authorization. I want to know why there are 2 "keys," if you will. Won't one credential suffice? Put ...
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Is it possible to remove the password on new generations of Lenovo X1?

I have lost the password for my setup. I set it up a few years ago and now I cannot recall it. The supervisor password is not stored in an EEPROM so the usual tricks do not work. I think it is in a ...
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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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Do hackers still use iterative password cracking techniques?

It's World Password Day! Rejoice, for today is the day that all of our friends will change their passwords from abc123 to 123abc!!! While we're on the topic of passwords, one thing websites do to ...
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How can one securely hash passwords server side while avoiding DoS?

It is generally recommended that one use a slow hash function to hash passwords. However, does this create a DoS risk?
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Appropriate password requirements for a login (OpenID) service/provider/delegate/thing

This is with regards* to Stack Exchange's upcoming OpenID provider (and in particular, discussion about password requirements). Currently, password requirements are: Must contain 3 of: lower case ...
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Is it safe to publish something encrypted with a password if you make it insanely difficult to crack?

Let's say you have a very important private key that you don't want to lose. You think of posting it to http://pastebin.com/ but then relize that elimanates the point. So you think of encrypting with ...
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Gmail lets me use my old password

My university's email works through Gmail and I can log on to it either through my uni's website or in Gmail. I recently changed my password and I use it to log in to the schools secure WiFi, school ...
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Does repeating one word to form a password result in a similar pattern in its encrypted format?

If i use a single word to form a password by repeating it like the examples below: securesecuresecuresecuresecuresecure SeCuReSeCuReSeCuReSeCuReSeCuReSeCuReSeCuRe $eCuRe$eCuRe$eCuRe$...
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How secure is changing or adding a single character in your passphrase?

I'd wager quite a many people are required to periodically change their passwords for certain applications or even at the office. I'd also wager that a large percentage of these people "change" their ...
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I didn't wipe my hard drive before I sold it. How would a criminal take advantage?

I just sold a Mac Mini, and I erased/formatted the hard drive before I turned it over, but I didn't wipe it securely (not wise, I know). How would a criminal take advantage of this fact? What is the ...
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Obfuscate Identity for Password Reset Information

I am just wondering your opinions on why it would/would not be a good idea to mask or obfuscate email address data in a password reset web submission once the user has entered their username informing ...
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How do data breaches of account login information end up in plaintext?

For example, see this story. Am I missing something here? Are the login details actually still encrypted? I don't understand how it is possible for a data breach of what I assume is encrypted ...
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What chars should I not allow in passwords?

I am planning to develop a website that require that the users register a username and a password. When I let the user choose a password, what chars should I allow the users to have in the password? ...
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Why are lengthy passwords stronger than complex ones? [duplicate]

So all my life I've been listening to people tell me to make my password complex: upper case / lower case / numeric / symbols. Recently though I've been reading / seeing that length above all seems to ...
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For high entropy credentials, is SHA256 hashing good enough?

Let's say I've got a database of high-entropy credentials (e.g. 256-bit random values) used as API keys by clients. I'd like to hash them in my database so that a database compromise doesn't allow an ...
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If I use a good Master Password in Firefox, is security improved when I Remember Passwords instead of re-type? [duplicate]

In the old days I would emphasize that people should not select the remember passwords option because (besides the fact you tend to forget what the browser remembers) a bad guy could could display the ...
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I almost searched my password, but didn't press enter. Is my password at risk, because of autocomplete or anything else?

Without even thinking about it, I typed my password into the Google search bar, but I didn't press enter. Since autocomplete is on, does that mean my password has been logged or indexed somewhere? ...
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Could keystroke timing improve security on a password?

When I was young, and had just started out in my software-development career 20 years ago, I wrote a little bit of code on my Amiga that took a password, but also recorded (within some threshold), the ...
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Can I trust large companies like Google not to store failed password attempts?

Let's say, for example, that I accidentally entered my Microsoft account password instead of my Google account password when logging in to some Google web service. After getting an error message, I ...
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What time do dictionary attack take on salted passwords?

I was reading that the designers of UNIX password algorithm used a 12 bit salt to modify the E-table of the unix hashing function (the DES). Supposing i have a system with 2^(24) users? Is that ever ...
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How to properly hash a key? big vs small digest

We have to roll (decommission) database access keys often, but it's important to know which key each system is using in order to avoid removing a key in use thus creating unavailability. We want each ...
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Replacing files with infected files on anonymous ftp server

I am creating a new question as i now have another question which was raised from a previous answered question post. What im trying to figure out is would this scenario be possible. I have an ...
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Pros and cons of password policy filtering common weak passwords? [duplicate]

We all know the basics "password rules" when a user register on a website, such as: more than 8 characters, must contain an upper case letter, must contain numbers and so on Why don't websites ...
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Somebody hacked my router and changed my wifi SSID

One of my neighbours hacked the password of my router and he uses my limited internet package. I change the wifi SSID almost daily, but he can hack it easily. Today, he changed the SSID to a hate ...
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How secure is it to use passwords consisting of one common part and one site specific prefix? [duplicate]

One of the greatest problems with passwords is having to remember different passwords for different sites. Some people use password managers, others use the password reset link every time they want to ...
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How to safely pass password reset token from http get request to html page?

I am working on implementing my own custom password reset that sends an email where the user is taking to a page to reset their password. So far I have generated a unique token that gets put in an ...
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How secure is my system for a password reset?

I am using my custom Parse Server with Heroku which I am pretty sure (99%) that it is decently secure using things like oAuth2 and 1 way hashed passwords. The problem is I am trying to implement my ...
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Spoofing an NTP server to allow bruteforce on any smartphone

We all know that smartphones (i'll take iPhone as an example) rely on SNTP/NTP servers to update a device's time and date. So, by creating an SNTP server that mimics Apple's server, we can actually ...
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Does an account with a !! /etc/shadow entry have to still expire?

Currently where I work, our password policy is set at 84 days. This is set in our login.defs on all of our Linux machines. We have policies that are set around PCI DSS 3.1 and the like, this goes for ...
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CRC-96(ZIP) decryption

Is there a way to decrypt CRC-96 encrypted string? I am testing a web application which stores the password in the database in CRC-96 encrypted format.
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What is AES 256 bit encryption? [closed]

I was looking through some apps to store my passwords in on the App Store when I found one that boasted an "AES 256 bit encryption system". Now that sounds all very good and well, but that doesn't ...
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Enter the password outside the password field

If I press Tab twice after enter my username, I will type my password somewhere outside the password field. Are there any chances for somebody to catch my password when I enter it outside the ...
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Should I be worried if I accidentally entered my password in a username field?

Occasionally I will fail to hit Tab properly when entering a username/password combination. This results in me submitting username "myUsername$ecretPa$$word" along with a blank password. I always ...
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Does quick denial tell that you passwords are stored in plain text?

Say you are using a website and incorrectly enter your password. The website then "instantly" pops ups with an "incorrect username/password" message. Would it be safe to infer that the website is ...
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Powershell and cached credentials

In my environment we have powershell remoting off- I get around this using 2 hop scripts, packages(exe -no creds are stored in code- local privs only), and iwmi. I never pass creds to the endpoint, ...
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Passwords processed on server side? [duplicate]

So while I was working on my personal project something struk me. When somebody creates an account on any web service/social media they provide their desired username and password,this is then ...
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Is a longer WiFi password more secure?

Today I had to type the same password to connect to a WPA2-secured WiFi network several times, and got really annoyed with the length of the password. Especially since it is just a phrase repeated ...
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Avast AV could read Firefox saved passwords

My friend uses Firefox's built-in password manager feature to save passwords for sites. Later, after installing Avast Free Antivirus there was a feature called Passwords on the Avast UI. When accessed ...
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How to detect mimikatz usage on LAN

My boss is has made it clear that we need better ways of detecting mimikatz usage on the network- and I would agree. In place already for detection is suricata/ET PRO rule set on a couple of taps. ...
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Is it OK to tell your password to your company's sysadmin?

I'm working in a small company (20 employees) as a senior software engineer. After having problems with my email, our newly employed IT administrator asked me to write my user password to someone in ...
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Generic error message for wrong password or username - is this really helpful?

It is really common (and I would say it is some kind of security basic) to not show on the login page if the username or the password was wrong when a user tries to log in. One should show a generic ...
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memorable word and answers to security questions when resetting password?

Context We have a situation where we are allowing our users to login using either using Username & password + Memorable word OR Username & Password + answer to Security questions depending on ...
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Why don't we do dual password instead of forgot password?

You can see the link "Forgot Password?" nearby almost all login form. Since passwords are completely protected from outside access, I come up with this question. I accept that the forgot password ...
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How come I can log in on a random webcam with the password “admin”? [closed]

I used http://shodan.io to look for internet-connected webcams. I found one (in Russia), and I managed to succesfully log in to it using admin as the username and admin as the password. How can this ...
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texting password reset link instead of a code

An increasingly common process for assisting with password resets is the application texting a code/token to the user’s verified mobile phone. We have a client which would like to eliminate the need ...
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Sending server-generated password by email

I'm implementing a system where our users need to enter a special (permanent) password to authorise a transaction. The password is separate to their login credentials, and they can only enter this ...
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How easy is it to find a password in a huge text file?

Say that my password is PASSWORD1 I have a 10MB jumbled text file. I hide my password in two parts in the text, between > and < so I can find it myself. Then I put the 2 parts together and add the ...