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

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My friend hashes passwords with SHA512 algorithm without salt. How do I convince him that he needs to add salt?

Today I discovered something incredibly stupid - my friend hashes user passwords with sha512 algorithm without a salt. I immediately raised this issue to him but he said he wants to see anyone crack a ...
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Security of carrying passwords on person

While in college I decided to have a randomly generated 16 character password. I used parts of that password in various sites. However, one of the sites was compromised so I had to change my password. ...
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Is there more risk in changing administrator password locally vs from a centralized location?

I'm working on a mechanism to better handle group policy passwords in response to MS14-025. We formerly used this mechanism for setting the local admin account passwords on our workstations (primarily ...
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Authenticate user without knowing their password

I'm working on a project where each each user will have a public/private RSA key-pair. Users will be able to send encrypted messages to each other using the each target user's public key so that only ...
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Due to which reason might a windows 7 password been reset to empty?

A user reports on monday he cannot access his windows 7 account anymore due to a "wrong password", which perfectly worked on friday. It turns out the password has been reset to empty for that account. ...
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Securely map random string to a custom charset

I'm writing a Python script to generate custom passwords based on a HMAC. I want the passwords to support various websites requirements so I want to map the HMAC output (ex: hex format) to an array of ...
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How can hackers guess passwords (using dictionary attack or brute force) without being locked out?

Nowadays almost every website you want to register in; is asking you to create a complicated password...But why cant we use simple passwords? I am just wondering because in case of multiple wrong ...
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A low tech yet secure way to keep track of passwords?

I use LastPass and love it. My girlfriend creates her own long, complex, unique, and thus difficult to remember passwords for every site. She frequently forgets them and has to rest the password. ...
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Can you have Secure encryption with a backdoor, and still be secure?

Is it possible to have an encryption algorithm/implementation that has a "backdoor", that also wouldn't introduce flaws into the encryption? For instance, if you have a master password, once that ...
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Windows system password hashed - see which hash is used

How can I know / see if my windows is using NTML, LM, NTML2 for its user account passwords? What is the standard today, in windows systems?
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Storing a user's password in a retrievable manner

I currently store my users passwords as PBKDF2 hashes, for the authentication part of my web application. Each user also has their own private key and public key (also stored in their user profile in ...
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What is a good practical (and sane) way to manage all your passwords for online sites?

I am just a mere mortal that wants to have a somewhat secure way of managing all my passwords. This is something that I have been putting off, but since LinkedIn decided to give away one of my ...
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How compromised should I assume my computer is?

I had turned ssh on a while ago to do some remote work. I was just looking over some netstat info when I noticed someone had established an ssh session with me D: I turned ssh off immediately and ...
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Is it ok for software to store passwords locally in plain-text?

There are already plenty of questions about what to do when websites store plain-text passwords. But this one is a little different. I use a piece of open-source (see below) software for playing ...
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Passwords in plaintext?

I'm doing some research on the App of my telephone operator. I started Burp Suite on my Mac in proxy mode, I opened up the App on my iPhone and started to sniff some traffic. I pressed the "login" ...
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Accepting other similar passwords when storing a salted, hashed password

If a website stores passwords as a salted hash, is it reasonable to accept similar passwords as correct? For example, given the password stackexchange, does it dramatically decrease security if the ...
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Where are the user credentials stored when remember password is selected?

Provided a user has chosen the remember me option while logged in last time into a web application,how does the web application server identifies the user next time when he logs in? The credentials ...
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Are windows users passwords easier to crack than linux?

If i set the same password in both linux and Windows, is it easier for a hacker to break the windows password? If so why and how can i create a windows password in the same security level as Linux?
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Does Outlook store plain-text passwords?

A long time ago when Microsoft changed my e-Mail from Hotmail to Outlook the password-interface said that I should only put in the first 16 chars of my password. But my password was longer before. So ...
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How to secure a login.php file? [closed]

I have a hand built website, and am triying to build a cms/admin-panel, and my username and password, are not stored in a database, but, in a two setup file like seen below. index.php <?php ...
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Is there any advantage in encrypting a password hash in my database?

I am hashing and storing the salt:hash of each user's password in our database. The web server is ASP.NET and the connection string to the database in web.config is encrypted using the IIS config ...
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My IP address (with a NAS) is targeted by a hacker. What to do? Should I be worried?

I've noticed, based on the logging of my NAS, that my IP address is targeted by a hacker. I already took action by automaticly ban the IP address permanently after five unsuccesful login attemps. ...
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How can I hide proprietary elements of test data in tests that are automatically run?

I am writing automated tests for a web application that will be run periodically over night, and I am running into a moderate security issue. In order to make the tests thorough, I am hoping to ...
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Storing the password database on offline server

This password database resides on the authentication server which is connected to the Internet. My question is that if the password database is stored on different server than the machine connected ...
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How to crack SHA512 hexdigest passwords with John the Ripper?

I've been playing with John The Ripper (JtR) to try to crack/audit a salted password that was hashed with SHA-512, with 20 interactions according to the source (for the curious, this is a Rails app, ...
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Use TOTP to prevent simulating requests

I'm developing an API system which provides functionalities for a game. Currently, we are using HMAC to prevent simulating requests (let's say, prevent hackers from simulating the game) but because we ...
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Password for XLS files

I am not sure if this is right place to ask this question. I have created an xls file to store all my password in it. lately I have uploaded same file on Google Drive to access it from remote ...
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Password verification scheme (used in eg. MS Office) - more secure than just a hash?

Usual password verification schemes stores a salted password hash and the salt. If the hash is good and computational costly, it is considered secure. However an alternate version (used in Microsoft ...
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Feeding /dev/random entropy pool?

Which way of additionally feeding /dev/random entropy pool would you suggest for producing random passwords? Or, is there maybe a better way to locally create fully random passwords?
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Why is Chrome asking for the application-specific password and my account's password every time? [closed]

I enabled Google's two-factor authentication and found it ironic that Google Chrome Sync requires #1 You account password, and #2 an application-specific password. First of all, don't applications ...
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Escape from <script> to cause a XSS (XSS when reflection is already under <script>) [duplicate]

I am trying my level best to solve this issue i am totally not able to create a XSS i still thinks it to be a vulnerability and i think it is exploitable. I am frustrated around it for 8 days . Please ...
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How do I hash a password in C#? [duplicate]

I assume that the best way to handle passwords for a website is I create a hash of the password and save that hash in my database. Then when someone tries to login, I do a hash of the password they ...
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Global user override - Uncomfortable

We have recently started a project with a service provider who is a little old fashioned in their ways. They provide a product but don't market it particularly well, so we (as users of the product) ...
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entropy of two factor authentication

I have two independent authentication methods A and B with entropy a and b respectively. say compromise of A does not provide any information on B. Is entropy of two-factor authentication of A and B ...
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Linux password changed. Is this an attack or a hardware glitch?

My Linux (Ubuntu 12.04) password suddenly changed last night and I'm not sure if this is an attack or just a hardware/user error. This is on a personal/non-server box. Several strange events led up to ...
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Most secure password hash algorithm(s)?

What is/are currently the most cryptographically secure hashing algorithm(s)? (available in PHP) Speed is irrelevant, because I'm iterating the hash over a fixed time (rather than a fixed number of ...
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Gold Standard for password hashing

I've developing a web application that will be dealing with highly sensitive information and I want to ensure the hashing of passwords is gold standard. Ideally I'd go for per-user salted SHA512 ...
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What are the differences between dictionary attack and brute force attack?

Can someone explain the major differences between a Brute force attack and a Dictionary attack. Does the term rainbow table has any relation with these?
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Predicting the Entropy of the entire Password Database

Suppose that the passwords created under some specific composition rule "C" is to be tested for the security. One of the way could be to conduct survey on x number of people and measure the average ...
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Is there a strong reason to salt and hash passwords when password reuse is not an issue?

I am dealing with a system (in development) that uses randomly generated (not user provided), unique, strings to authenticate services that will consuming an API. Right now, these strings are stored ...
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Can windows passwords be recovered from the windows pagefile?

I was reading reasons for clearing page files on workstations with one reason listed is that passwords can be stored in the pagefile and therefore should be cleared upon reboot in the case of somebody ...
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What is the algorithm of bcrypt? [closed]

In many places I heard that people recommend to use the bcrypt algorithm to save passwords into database while creating web applications.I want to know what is the algorithm used to bcrypt a password ...
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One time passwords using Mobile phones [closed]

It is safe to assume that the majority of users accessing the internet also possess the mobile phones. So can we take advantage of this and relieve users of remembering any passwords. Instead of ...
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Security of a Random Password

i. If I choose random password of length say 15 from the alphabet set of size 94 i.e. from the search space of 94^15, is my password protected against all kind of threats? ii. Will there be any need ...
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Identifying Memorable Composition Rules [closed]

A single word can be transformed in so many ways to create the password. With any word of length l there are l! different permutations. Appending digits and symbols to the word create alphanumeric ...
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which password was paired with my gmail address

Recently media have reported that a file of about 5 million gmail address and password pairs was published on a Russian Bitcoin forum. A media article on the leak Other media have reported that the ...
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Does Windows have a built-in password store?

What passwords are stored in Microsoft Windows? How can I know what password are saved in computer?
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How does authentication work without OAuth in mobile apps?

I have a (Drupal) website that needs a companion mobile app for some stuff (quite customized, not just creating/viewing nodes). I know I can use OAuth for this, but I was wondering about alternatives ...
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Is my Password Hashing Secure or not?

I have recently created a code for hashing password. Can you please give your advice over the security of my code? The function takes a password, then converts it to a number. #include <string> ...
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Simple Ciphers to Create Secure Passwords

A shift cipher shifts every letter of a word by "n" amount and creates new word. The number of possible keys in the shift cipher is equal the size of the alphabet set from which the word is derived. ...