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

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Can I safely use my own statistics to assess password strength on number of times a password is used?

Lets assume I want to give my hypothetic 10mio users userbase a good feedback on their password strength. Besides the classical entropy tests and top500 list of bad passwords, I might want it to be ...
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Would it be possible to add additional files to a password protected zip 2.0 file

So the scenario is this: I don't have the ability to determine/recover the master password for a production system that uses zip 2 archives. However, I need to be able to add new files to existing ...
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PUT vs. POST for password update

I am writing a User Management system that has to include a change of password utility. We don't front end hash passwords (hopefully we will soon). As a result passwords are passed over https in the ...
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Should the password of a password protected channel be hashed?

Let's take a chat system, where any user can create a channel with a password protection. Thus, other users may only join using the channel password. This password is therefore known to every person ...
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Is there a repository of credentials used in training materials/samples and SDKs?

Similar to a default password list for network appliances, it's conceivable that application layer passwords are default from training materials given to a developer. In fact, I have discovered ...
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Why use an authentication token instead of the username/password per request?

The author of http://stackoverflow.com/a/477578/14731 recommends: DO NOT STORE THE PERSISTENT LOGIN COOKIE (TOKEN) IN YOUR DATABASE, ONLY A HASH OF IT! [...] use strong salted hashing (bcrypt / ...
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What is a good analogy to explain to a layman why passwords should be hashed?

Note: This is not an actual situation I'm currently in. Assume your boss is one of those old-fashioned computer-illiterate managers and wants to store the passwords in plaintext to simplify ...
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How to help users manage password portfolios based on risks of compromise?

A framework for modeling password management risks and costs, and the beginnings of a good strategy for users to help them manage passwords for their often large portfolios of accounts is outlined in ...
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How Empathy - a messaging program, is storing my passwords

I am connected to my chat accounts via Empathy, a messaging program, and it has my password stored in it. I am really curious to know how it is storing the passwords, and if there is any they can ...
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How secure is choosing one out of N generated passwords?

I'm looking to generate some new passwords for myself that are easy to remember, but hard to crack. By choosing a generation algorithm and generating one random password with it, I can be relatively ...
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On password change in a web application, should it log users out

When a user is logged into a web-based application in multiple tabs, and changes their password should it automatically log them out of the other tabs? The use case is an account is compromised, the ...
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Is it really “Time to add a word” if there are no tools to crack passphrases of 3 words and up?

It's "time to add a word" says Arnold Reinhold, the creator of Diceware, in his blog (3/2014). He advices to use 6 word sentences (or 5 words with one extra character chosen and placed at random) from ...
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What is the point of hosting database externally?

Following the breach of avast:forum.avast.com they decided to host the database externally@id.avast.com. My question is, what is the point of hosting the database externally since when you get remote ...
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Should I implement my own local password hash?

Having a more-than-elementary knowledge of internet security, I've realized that some web applications and websites I use implement a less-than-ideal password policy. Some examples include: ...
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Save password on user-side for autologin

If a user wants to login to a system/server, it's recommended to have the hashed&salted password saved in a database, along with its salt. So the user wants to login, types in the password, ...
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Remember Me vs Remember Email

From what I have noticed, there is very few services that offer the Remember Email over Remember Me or Sign-in Automatically. These options really do make the life easier for the end-user of ...
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Storing Old Password History and Information

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and several other services still knows the older passwords which we used on our accounts. At times, I can not reuse the same password as I have. Then with Google, if I type ...
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Method to integrate Touch ID in iOS apps

With the recent announcement of Touch ID APIs for third party apps, I am wondering how can we leverage this feature to perform secure transaction ? I am looking for a method to use Touch ID in my ...
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Do dictionary attacks only use specific entries from a dictionary, or combinations of an entry?

If I wanted to crack a password, "cba", but the dictionary I was using only had abc in it, does a dictionary attack try all combinations of abc? abc, acb, bca, bac, cba, cab Or would cba have to be ...
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password generating algorithm

I read the question about the relevancy of the xkcd password creation algorithm. Would it be more secure if you used a string of common words with a function that only you knew that would rearrange ...
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Is “the oft-cited XKCD scheme […] no longer good advice”?

I was stumbling around and happened onto this essay by Bruce Schneier claiming that the XKCD password scheme was effectively dead. Modern password crackers combine different words from their ...
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What if I develop my own hash algorithm to create strong passwords from easy ones?

I came up with this idea but I cant figure out if it's good or bad, maybe you can help. My goal is: I want to create extremely strong passwords for my main accounts (gmail, skype and so on). I want to ...
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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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How could someone change a root password without modifying `chage -l root` date?

How could someone change the root password without changing chage -l root Last password change date? I know it was changed because it does not match the value in Keepass. I noticed when I tried to use ...
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Password reset system code system vs long hash

I'm building a password reset system at the moment and I've come across a dilema. Currently we have a system which creates a long md5 has (16 characters) and emails a link to a customer which they ...
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Client-side hashing of password before sending it from login form [duplicate]

I have just realized, that my web application is sending unencrypted passwords from login form. It's just like that -- I've analysed, that string sent by user from login form is hashed with MD5 (which ...
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Is this a secure way of storing passwords? [duplicate]

So a couple years ago when I was learning basic back-end web development, I found a tutorial for creating a basic log in system. I haven't done much modification to the code since, but I have the ...
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How does salting increase security? [duplicate]

I'm currently going through a course on software security. I've recently been introduced to the idea of password salting, where a random value is concatenated to a password prior to being hashed and ...
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Password protect an excel file for a period of time?

I'm trying to find a way to password protect an Excel file (.xlsm) beyond the built-in password encryption options. Ideally: Enter the password File works for a week(/other period of time) After a ...
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What happens after setting up HDD password?

I am wondering what happens when I set HDD password in my laptop (Samsung with ssd). I mean a given case. I have been having working system without any password. Then one day I decide to set up HDD ...
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how to rememeber passwords securely?

Imagine you have a private RSA-key on your computer encrypted (through PBKDF2, AES-CTR, HMAC256) with a password, now if the user would like to tick "Remember Password", what is the most secure way to ...
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Are efforts being made to bring about password standards?

Rather than adopting a universal standard, many websites develop their own guidelines for how passwords should be constructed. When you consider the number of passwords the average person today has ...
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Why are brute-force password-cracking attacks not automatically detected and thwarted?

Why doesn't software automatically detect password-cracking attacks, and thwart them? Long version: Suppose that someone tries a brute-force password-cracking attack on some program XYZ that ...
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How to limit the need to type a long master passphrase to only once per login session?

I want to set up a password management system on a home machine running Debian, and for this I'm considering only non-proprietary, open source password-managers available through Debian1. I'd like to ...
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Credential In Windows [closed]

How can I view the Credentials stored in Windows? Is there any possible way to view the stored password? I can just export them..
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Authenticating without a database

I've been inspired by a question over on Code Review, which boils down to: What is the proper way to authenticate a user without a database? Would it be the exact same process if you stored ...
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How to add user entries with password field in LDAP over HTTPS

I am new to this kind of stuff (HTTPS etc.) and pretty much confused on how to go ahead with this. An LDAP server (ApacheDS) at the back-end stores the user details. To add new users, the user ...
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Password strength and banks 4 pin code?

Why is it that some security advisers recommend using an 8 character password with upper, lower, digits, and symbols while banks only use a 4 digit number pin for debit and 3 digit pin for credit ...
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In what situations can a hacker try to break passwords millions of times? [duplicate]

I keep reading about situations where a hacker could "easily" brute force a password (most recent example) but I'm confused about when some has an opportunity to do this kind of thing. If it is a ...
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VPN over HTTPs for a web service only

I have a web service (PHP & MySQL on Ubuntu 12.04) running in a corporate intranet. I have also connected it to internet through a firewall letting incoming connections on HTTPs only (port 443). ...
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Aren't password managers still incredibly risky?

I understand the utility in having one application remember a bunch of long, randomized passwords, but all you'd need is one well-placed phishing scam or a keylogger and they get all the keys to the ...
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Cracking MD5 passwords with the same salt

How long would it take to crack passwords up to 10 letters long if you knew the hashes were MD5 with a salt (that you know)?
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Did somebody connect to my facebook account?

I have a problem. I'm not sure, but I think that somebody (in our home network) found out a password to my Facebook account and sometimes logs in. Is there a way to find out whether it is true? There ...
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Breach informing

I am a staff member of a large fanfic site, but not the head administrator with control over the site itself. Recently, we had a security breach and the databases were copied, which included the ...
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How to store passwords securely in my server?

Disclaimer: I know I should use bcrypt to securely store user's passwords. Please, keep reading. I want to store credentials for several email services for each user. So if I log in with my username ...
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Is it good practice to SHA512 passwords prior to passing them to bcrypt?

I want to allow any-sized passwords to be allowed to be submitted. I currently use bcrypt as a key derivation function for passwords, however I have realized that it has a maximum input length of 72. ...
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How often do two users use the same password

If no two users use the same password, then in theory salting the password hash is not needed. How often, in practice, do two users have the same password?
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Convincing my manager to use salts

My manager says we don't need to salt our passwords because people are not likely to use the same password because they all have different native languages, in addition to the websites they are active ...
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Storing multiple hashes to prevent collisions, security risk?

This is all just for curiosity's sake, so discussion on which hashing algorithm is harder/better/faster/stronger is irrelevant. But my question/thought is this.. With regards to password storage, and ...
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Theoretical home grown password options, or what is it that SCrypt, BCrypt, PBKDF2 does that is so special?

I'm developing a personal web framework, nothing internetty, and probably not even anything that will ever go on my personal LAN. And looking for password advice people seem to only recommend those ...