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

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Is it safe to store a passphrase encrypted SSH key in git?

I have a bunch of servers that need to access somewhat sensitive data (passwords for ftps, api keys, etc). Currently I copy a plaintext file back-and-forth between the servers via ssh and encrypt all ...
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What is a good way to authenticate a user to a smart phone?

What would be a good way to authenticate a user to a smart phone? By good, I mean that it is both secure, and user-friendly. Passwords don't seem to be the best fit because a password needs to be ...
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MDM: Semi-Complex Password Implications [duplicate]

What would be the security implications if an organisation decided to impliment semi-complex passwords (one letter and one letter), and not fully complex. I'm thinking in terms of mobile devices and ...
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Is there a study on how many websites are saving passwords as plain text? [closed]

For a research paper about passwords, I am looking for a source that gives an actual estimation on how many websites save their user's passwords as plain text on their servers. Is there any study ...
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Cracking office documents and other hashes using clusters? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out how I should go about testing this I just got donated 18 older hp systems that have 4 gigs of ram, and intel core 2 duo processors I believe that they are the ones that came ...
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Is it good to not have keyboard-based sequences in our password generator?

If we have to write a password generator, is it a good idea to contain a "keyboard-based sequence" checker? So if the generated password is: asdf4%'Q!76342 Then this password will be rejected by ...
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Breaking mysql username and password form [closed]

I have two versions of a website. The first one has no security precautions against sql injections. So if I try something like: Username: hello_world Password: ' or ' 1=1 I'll be signed in as the ...
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Are these SSH passwords of hacked servers?

I have been seeing persistent SSH connection attempts on my computer from a familiar IP address. I got curious and decided to do some Googling on the IP address. Turns out that someone from Indonesia ...
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Security of Windows Screen Saver Password

How secure is the Windows screensaver password? Seeing that screen saver passwords are used in the corporate world, is there any way of bypassing the screen saver after it is already running? Could a ...
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What are the differences between an encryption seed and salt?

Today I had a hard time explaining the difference to a friend. I know seeds are used when generating "random" strings. And salts are used when providing different outcomes to a hash. What is a ...
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How secure is a password app that stores both the password and two factor secret in one place?

Take for example 1Password, that now can store your password and one time password secret in a single place (your 1Password vault). I know it isn't truly two-factor anymore, but how much better is it ...
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HMACs that have the same key and message

im using HMACSHA256 to generate the hash of password and store it. the objective here is to just authenticate users, i.e - save their hashed passwords, and validate users whenever needed using the ...
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Combining SCRYPT + a short crc

I'm considering using SCRYPT for password storage. (I'm open to PBKDF2 as well, or bcrypt by itself). The issue is that I don't want this to become a potential point for a DDOS attack, given the ...
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Hashing request - What type of hash this?

I have a text which is hashed using several layers of hashing. The final hash looks like 2E55A1DD65AB839E62362DEF86D329D7. What type of hashing can it be? How can I find out what kind of hash sum I do ...
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Chrome/Youtube says incorrect certificate for host? [duplicate]

Why my Youtube always ask me: Incorrect certificate for host. The server presented a certificate that doesn't match built-in expectations. These expectations are included for certain, high-security ...
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How to compare passwords with duplicate password

On Steam, the gaming client, I have this habit of creating multiple "smurf" accounts. I have a randomly-generated, unique password, and I decided to use the same password for all of my multiple ...
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When to set security questions for a web application?

For enhanced security, we can use security questions and use them as a means for users to reset forgotten passwords or as an additional means for authenticating. When would we be the right time to ...
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How does RealVNC Enterprise Know My System Credential?

After the installation of RealVNC on a Windows computer, the default login username and password via VNC is the same as the system username and password. Can anyone tell me how RealVNC can access such ...
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Is it a bad idea to add random characters to user ID and password?

I've heard people say again and again that you shouldn't implement your own security algorithm, and I'd like to ask you if I'm breaking this rule. I'm creating a traditional client-server application ...
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is it feasible to improve the entropy of XKCD #936 by using a larger dictionary?

XKCD #936 uses a limited subset of the English language, only 2000 words. I just looked it up, and the English language has over a million words, a sizeable subset of those having special characters, ...
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Crackstation “Secure Salted Password” Java example - is it really secure?

I'm making an auth service so I've been looking for some good Java/Groovy implementations of password + salt hashing. I've found this article on crackstation along with a code example and decided to ...
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Can a PKCS12 file be distributed over insecure channel?

Is the PKCS12 only as secure as the password protecting private keys ? Can I distribute the p12 file over an insecure channel ?
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What is the best way to transmit password hash over unreliable TLS?

I have TLS connection between my server and client. I have no certificate, so the connection is susceptible to the Man-in-the-middle attack. I fear that attacker could intercept the password hash ...
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Are passwords comprised of key sequences on a keyboard any less secure than the same characters but jumbled up?

Here are two passwords: 5678%^&*tyuiTYUI and 8^tyU75%*IuY6T&i Both have the same number of characters and in each the characters are identical, the only difference is that the first ...
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Will hashing passwords in my use case improve security and why?

I am developing an application the architecture of which is arranged as follows: Session host <---> Central relay server <---> Session client All communication between the initiating ...
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Is it a good idea to expire passwords after a time relative to their security?

If a user has to change their password ever so often, is it a good thing to check it against zxcvbn or similar library and assign a expiration date relative to the risk of the hash being cracked?
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Storing lots of passwords that different levels of employees need access to

I am wondering what other people do for storing passwords. Our current model at my employer is fundamentally flawed in my opinion, so I am trying to see what other people do so I can select the best ...
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Are passwords that are manually typed in really unrecoverable from memory or disk?

As part of an increase in the security measures for our company, we're moving to making sure all password logins (databases, servers, etc), are done through a password prompt and never using stored ...
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How to transform an hash into a usable password?

I was reading about PwdHash and it inspired me to create a little project where you input a master password and an easy to remember alias into a password hash, like bcrypt, and then you get an hash. ...
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I forgot my ZIP file password. How do I bypass the encryption? Which software would work? [duplicate]

Should I use brute-force attacks? Do they even work? What options do I have? I only remember short fragments of the password and it's definitely more than 7 characters long.
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Is authenticating via the database secure

Sorry for this probably noobish question. So far, I've read password comparison/verification is implicitly understood to be made on the application layer and not in the database. For example in PHP, ...
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Can I get rid of storing user secrets by using OpenID, and what do I need to store?

What information do you have to keep about a user to be an OpenID consumer? I want to use OpenID to let users register and authenticate on my system. So while I'm at it I want to not duplicate ...
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Store password locally. Where? How to pass it securely?

I'm developing an application. The user must enter his credentials which will be sent to the server. If the user opens the application a second time he shouldn't need to enter them again - credentials ...
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How can I defend against Heroku (or any PAAS) ID theft?

How can I defend against Heroku (or any PAAS) ID theft? Is it correct to assume that if someone obtained my Heroku credentials that they would have access to any data in my app, regardless of any ...
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Is it sensible to use application password bypassing two factor authentication? [duplicate]

I discovered that some applications (like Sylpheed) seems unable to support two factor authentication. Google has a feature called application passwords - a separate password that "grants complete ...
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Storing server generated passwords

There are some applications that generate passwords for you. Consider a case where you sign in via Facebook, the application (let's call it NEWAPP) verifies your sign in on the server using FB tokens ...
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How to encrypt all existing customer passwords [closed]

I work for an online shop and since I worked here we have stored customer passwords in plaintext. I joined the company as a data inputter and when I discovered that we did this I flagged it up with ...
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Using Google Search results to determine password strength

Google is a repository of Internet data, as it indexes tremendous amount of data. It uses a prediction service to determine the rest of the search query. With such a huge repository in place, can we ...
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Storing random initial (one-time) passwords in plain text

I manage a vendor app that issues accounts (with passwords, of course) to end users. From what I can see, final user passwords are stored properly. My concern is the initial account generation and ...
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When bruteforcing a WiFi network password, Can that admin see it?

When bruteforcing a captured packet containing the encrypted password, can the owner/admin of the router see each auth attempt? I'm assuming you just encrypt each passphrase in the dictionary file and ...
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Brute force attacks detection risks

I would like to ask if using brute force attacks on some websites or online services can be risky in any way for the hacker? Let's say that someone is using medusa tool to crack password on his ...
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Are all unsalted password hashes inherently insecure?

Maybe I'm missing something obvious... Are all passwords stored in common, unsalted hash algorithms able to be attacked via rainbow tables?
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How rainbow table works? [duplicate]

I have roughly understand how a rainbow table works from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_table, but I am quite curious why there is a need of different reduction functions for each column for ...
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Are there best practices concerning application account credentials?

I am looking for best practices concerning application account credentials. For example, suppose I got a corporate application which uses an Active Directory application user account to communicate ...
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how to check for duplicate passwords

Is it possible to check if like 100 people are using the same pasword? without risking anyones password getting out? I heard google does this, not allowing the user to set a password 1000 people are ...
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How to use multiple charsets in hashcat

I wanted to use a brute force attack on hashcat but WPA/WPA2 networks are 8-64 characters long and they have multiple possibilities of a password. I was wondering if there was a way to use multiple ...
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How do you practically manage your never-use-personal-accounts-on-a-work-machine-ever double life, when your personal machine is a limited iOS device? [closed]

This is follow-up to Starting a new job after working at home for years. How to best protect data, secrets, and privacy in the workplace? The answer to that question is Follow company security ...
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Starting a new job after working at home for years. How to best protect data, secrets, and privacy in the workplace?

I have just started interviewing for new computer job after years of working from home. At home I feel very secure with how I protect myself from data loss and keeping my secrets secure. I backup ...
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Any problems with scrypt yet?

In the question Do any security experts recommend bcrypt for password storage? Thomas Pornin recommends the hashing function scrypt but saying it is "too new to be recommended on a general basis". ...
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Is fourteen characters long password really weak?

I've tried to sign in to Samsung Cyber Service Center1. Since I'm from Poland, at first I tried Polish version of that service. I have entered a password, that has: 6 numbers in total (in three ...