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

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What are the exclusions for using a very long and random password? [closed]

It is a good practise to always use long (63 character) and random passwords. Question: But what are the exclusions? Can someone mention cases? Example: when console login is needed (so not via ...
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Using emoticons in passwords

I'm coming up with a password to use for my banking website, XKCD style. Furthermore, I'm considering adding in an emoticon (say, a <3) How many bits of entropy does an emoticon add to my ...
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Why is encryption bad for passwords?

We use PGP for almost everything and it's so infeasible to bruteforce that it's considered secure. This is the guiding principle beyond CryptoLocker. But for stuff like e-mail, SSH and HTTPS, it's ...
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Can password hashing both client side and on the back end improve security if we don't necessarily trust the server? [duplicate]

I want to know if it ever makes sense to hash a password client side and rehash it again on the back end. I've not seen this done before which makes me suspicious as to whether it really does add ...
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How should I store a physical written copy of my password? [duplicate]

I can employ all the fancy encryption and the randomest of passwords to my hard drive, but it won't do me any good if I don't remember how to log in. It seems sensible to write down my password, then....
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Brute force a hard drive when most of the password is known

I need to access a hard drive that is encrypted with LUKS. The password provided is incorrect, however it is only incorrect by a character or so. The password itself is very strong and above 30 ...
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Is that a way break Linux user password by bypassing grub protected?

The best way to delve into others Linux machine is by editing the grub. Many will start by, editing the line ro quite splash as rw init=/bin/bash during the startup (usually by pressing button e on ...
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Is it a good idea to combine words from different languages to increase a password's strength? [duplicate]

I was thinking of a way to generate a password that is easy to remember, but hard to crack, like the famous "correct horse battery staple" suggested by XKCD, also discussed here, and I've realized I'...
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My iTunes account got hacked and someone used it to buy in-app purchase. How could that happen? [closed]

The account was hacked, I found out in my credit card statement and Apple support gave me refund which is nice. I wonder how it happened, and if there are even more serious risks that I don't know. ...
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Security concerns of running auto-login script on server-side?

I would like to fetch data from a website to do data analysis on a server. Username and password are required for login to the website. Therefore I will need to run an auto-login script on the server. ...
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How to securely transfer password from a registration page to the database [duplicate]

What steps must be followed to send password securely from the user registration page (i.e. client side) to the server over a non encrypted channel (http) when the user registers for the first time on ...
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Location of Password Hashes on a Windows Local Machine?

"Where are the two locations that user's password hashes are stored on a local windows machine?" My place of business asked me this question. I know that the SAM stores password hashes, where would ...
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Passwords vs keys in cryptography? Which is stronger and safer? [duplicate]

Maybe it isn’t correct question, but how to compare passwords and keys in cryptography? Symmetric encryption, e.g. AES, usually encrypts data with passwords, and all public-key cryptography use open ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 them....
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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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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 Tr0ub4d0r&...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Exclude passwords with repeating letters

It would cut down a lot of time of the brute force attack if some of those passwords like "aaaaaa" wouldn't appear. How can this be achieved in Hydra or some other brute force software?
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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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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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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 HTTPS,...
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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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Wordpress.org pages refresh when logging out of Gmail

I've noticed that when I change my Gmail account by logging out of one account and then logging into another, all open Wordpress.org pages refresh. Additionally, when I recently changed a password on ...
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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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MySQL user passwords in PHP

How do I prevent exposing MySQL usernames and passwords in PHP code when establishing a connection?
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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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PHP BLENC extension security concern

PHP BLENC is a extension that allows PHP developer encrypt their code, protect their ideas and avoid illegal copy. Although BLENC allow developer to define the main encryption key in source(in the ...
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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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Receiving third-party credentials on AWS

In my previous question, I was trying to figure out how to store third-party passwords safely. Now it seems that they'll be sent to my AWS instance from another AWS instance. I imagine the transfer ...
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Is there any practical weakness to using MT19937 to generate passphrases?

Suppose I use MT19937 to choose random words out of (say) the Diceware word list. I know MT19937 is not considered a cryptographically secure PRNG, but Wikipedia suggests the weakness is rather ...