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

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Recommended policy on password complexity

Is there any research on how how a password complexity policy can increase or decrease the quality of passwords? If you don't have any requirements on the password then probably 90% of users will use ...
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LastPass login security

If LastPass does not store your master password, then how can you login to use their web app? Surely you must type it in, it is sent over using SSL, and then salted/hashed on the server-side, and ...
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Is GPG suitable as part of a password manager and generator?

I assume that GPG is very strong to crack, guess, etc. Since I have confidence in GPG, would it be appropriate to use my GPG key as the master key for a password manager or generator?
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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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Decentralised password recovery

Are there good/established techniques for password/key recovery in situations without a centralised service? (Anything goes, but I'd prefer solutions that distribute the recovery information across ...
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Password sharing with spouse or mate (bulk-change shared passwords (via cloud service))? [closed]

I've read on New Scientist magazine that in 80% of all cases when people in a relationship share a place where they live one of the spouses knows the other's password, thus making the question I am ...
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Longer passwords vs Password Composition Rule [duplicate]

Password composition rule is being considered as a burden for the users and some experts are recommending the increase in the password length instead of enforcing users to comply with the composition ...
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Trouble understand login vulnerabilities

I'm testing my own web page with the following vulnerabilities. #1: Form escapes ' to \' So if a user tries to enter the following information: username: 'or'1=1 password: m username will ...
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Framework behind password reset mechanism

I have always seen those "Forgot password" links from web sites that requires some form of user login. Can I get a deeper understanding of how this works? What tools/framework do I need to use because ...
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Hydra sometimes fails against my own router known password

Hydra sometimes fails against my own router known password. Sometimes confirms it was found, and sometimes returns unusual error code (empty). What does this means? dione@saturno:~/misc$ hydra -l ...
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What is the safest way to encrypt a password that can be decrypted at a later time?

In a web app I'm building, I need to use Apple's AutoIngestion tool for iTunes Connect. In this tool it seems the only way to use it is to send a password in plain text. What would be the best ...
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SSH Public Key Authentication vs Username/password for API Access

I have a linux device that will be making periodic call to an API server, say everytime the system boots up. Everytime then it should authenticate itself and then do its thing. I can either store the ...
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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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sample/starter code to test for TRUSTe password requirements [closed]

Considering its a requirement for Truste certification I figure that the code to test for a password meeting Truste's password strength requirements has been written more than a few times. I was ...
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Does changing the default number of iterations in KeePass (or other encryption applications) increase security?

Inspired by this question about the difficulty of cracking a KeePass database, I'm wondering if changing the default number of iterations in an encryption application (e.g., KeePass) increases ...
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Is sending passwords through cellphone text messages secure?

Both the sender and the receiver deleted the text after it was sent, but is it still possible that it exists somewhere and that someone can get to it?
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Obscure username input on login forms?

Not (necessarily) a duplicate of: Should both user ID and Password be masked for online banking? Definitely not a duplicate of: Should usernames be kept secret? I can sense your finger on the "mark ...
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Getting password cracking time and byte storage from bruteforce?

I am stuck with this question, you can see it in the picture I have included below. PARTS (a and b) I know a-z will be 26^8, A-Z will be 26^8 guesses, and 0-9 will be 10^8 guesses. But I can't relate ...
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What can hacker do, if he knows my SALTED password?

for example, in any website (WORDPRESS or etc..) they store passwords in database, using SALT mehtod (as i know)... for example: $P$dfwegfwegewgIT03.wewefefweg if hacker got this password and ...
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Is a HMAC-ed password is more secure than a bcrypt-ed or scrypt-ed password?

Given an option , which one should I choose , a HMAC for storing a password securely or a bcrypt or scrypt library?
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Password reset question answer complexity

I need to implement a password reset feature for a system that will be controlled by a security question and answer pair. The problem is that I can't guarantee I'll have a valid e-mail address or cell ...
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Why do some websites force users to come up with difficult passwords?

I can't understand why we commonly force users to come up with difficult to remember passwords. * Your password must contain at least one number, one uppercase character, and one special ...
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Temporarily save failed logins password hashes for using against brute force attack

My question is about online brute force attacks, that try to authenticate in the website. 1) For the first case if the requests are coming from the same ip, I think this are relatively easy as after ...
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Different password for each login - based on some variable

This might sound a silly question, but I was thinking this as and extra option(which is not required) mainly for advanced users, who want to protect their accounts even more. Lets consider that other ...
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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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Is there any point in using two step authentication if you have strong passwords?

If you are in the habit of using strong passwords (randomly generated by password manager) is there any point in using two step authentication? Assuming that 99% of the time that when you enter a ...
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Why would you decouple your resource and login servers?

As described on this link, OAuth specifies that a login server and a resource server should be decoupled. The idea is that if one of your resource servers gets hacked, no password data is lost. All ...
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Technology that can survive a “Rubber-Hose attack”

In the documentary film Citizenfour, Edward Snowden says about documents: I'm comfortable in my technical ability to protect [documents]. I mean you could literally shoot me or torture me and ...
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Share root access without sharing password

I am looking for a way to share admin privileges on some hosts without providing the admin password. From his link, I was thinking of using a primary host from which every user can sudo -u user to ...
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Who should I give my password to [duplicate]

I've got a dilemma, should I give my password to my local IT help desk (I am seeing them face to face, and I know that they work for the same company as myself). They want to perform a routine ...
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MD5 before PBKDF2 on legacy software

I am mantaining a legacy software that uses MD5 in the following way: The client asks for a 16 byte salt when authenticating an account. The server generates a 16 byte salt, links it to the account ...
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Image file as password alternative

I seek guidance on interesting issue. Recently I've been searching for password alternatives, not because of the security, but to be more user-friendly. In one of my projects user receives 128 bits ...
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How secure is Windows 8's Picture Password login?

The final Windows 8 build has been released to manufacturing. One of the new features of Windows 8 is "Picture Password", where the end user logs on to Windows by clicking a specific pattern on the ...
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Why do major sites(Facebook, Google, etc) still send passwords unhashed? [duplicate]

QUICK SUMMARY: It seems like modern websites, for security's sake, should all have the client hash their own passwords before sending them to the server, who will rehash them, in order to avoid ...
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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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At what length does a password stop making sense?

I'm going to recommend that our users start using a password manager and start creating strong random passwords. Though I don't know what size of a password to recommend. Is it possible for a ...
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Is plain text over https really a good idea? [duplicate]

Sending plain text passwords over https is quite secure, the traffic is encrypted, making eavesdropping virtually impossible. However, once on the server side, it is still plain text. Of course, ...
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Is Google's password recovery by entering an old password a bad practice?

When you try and recover your password on Google, you will eventually stumble across this screen, and it made me wonder: Isn't this type of password recovery from Google essentially the same as ...
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KeePassX and Dropbox [duplicate]

I am currently using KeePassX on Linux to allow me to have a different strong password for each website. With this program there comes two major inconveniences: I lose access to everything in the case ...
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Secure way to encrypt (not hash) passwords?

I'm building a system that for reasons I'll outline below, can't used hashed passwords, but I'd still like to encrypt them so that it's as hard as possible to crack them, in the (unlikely) event the ...
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Should I be concerned when a “Forgot Password?” tool sends my password in plaintext?

Some sites I have been a member of in the past don't go through the normal "Forgot Password?" process. Instead of e-mailing me a unique password reset link or something of the like, I have received ...
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Thunderbird password decryption from the signons.sqlite and keys3.db without using any third party tools

I understand from the Mozilla documentations that the passwords are stored in the following two files which are located at ~/.thunderbird/*.default location: ( I use Ubuntu 13.10) signons.sqlite ...
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Should a password ever be presented in plain text to a user (On a website)? Is this illegal under UK Data protections act? [closed]

There is a website I use at work, external to our own. They have just presented with every employee with their plain text password and username via our internal website which requires our own logins. ...
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Is “password knocking” a good idea?

With port knocking, you have to "knock" on specific ports in defined order to expose a port on which service is running. How about password knocking? For example you have three passwords: A, B and C. ...
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Why don't people hash and salt usernames before storing them

Everyone knows that if they have a system that requires a password to log in, they should be storing a hashed & salted copy of the required password, rather than the password in plaintext. What I ...
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Do salts have to be random, or just unique and unknown?

First of all, my motive is to avoid storing the salt in the database as plain text. As far as this question is concerned, the salt is not stored in the database. After discussion in comments and in ...
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Is sending password to user email secure?

How secure is sending passwords through email to a user, since email isn't secured by HTTPS. What is the best way to secure it? Should i use encryption?
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Why is password hashing considered so important?

After reading this article, I can see the benefits of password hashing as a second layer of defence, in the event of an intruder gaining access to a password database. What I still don't understand is ...
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Is salting a hash really as secure as common knowledge implies?

(I did search on this topic, but I found no complete question/answer that addressed it, or even good portions of questions that might be relevant.) I'm implementing a salt function for user passwords ...
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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 ...