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

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Chrome/Youtube says incorrect certificate for host?

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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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 OK to tell your password to your company's sysadmin?

I'm working in a small company (20 employees) as a senior software engineer. After having problems with my email, our newly employed IT administrator asked me to write my user password to someone in ...
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Recommend Length for Wi-FI PSK?

I currently have a network set up with WPA2 and AES encryption, the password is 8 characters long but was randomly generated and contains no dictionary words. However I'm concerned about the ...
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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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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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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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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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can my PC be hacked from a different network? [on hold]

please, i will like to know if a PC on a different network can be hacked to gain full access remotely. for example, i am at home surfing the net, and a hacker hacks into my pc from a different country ...
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John the Ripper - Calculating brute force time to crack password

I'm using incremental mode (brute force) mode in John the Ripper to crack Linux MD5 passwords. I'm trying to calculate the time it will take to run through all combinations of 12 passwords (with 12 ...
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Save application autostart login token on computer

I need to login desktop application while autostart on server (like skype does). What is the best practice to save authentication token (password)? Should I use something like RSA encryption (which ...
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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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How does changing your password every 90 days increase security?

Where I work I'm forced to change my password every 90 days. This security measure has been in place in many organizations for as long as I can remember. Is there a specific security vulnerability ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What technical reasons are there to have low maximum password lengths?

I have always wondered why so many websites have very firm restrictions on password length (exactly 8 characters, up to 8 characters, etc). These tend to be banks or other sites where I actually care ...
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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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LastPass is disappointing, how about Dashlane or others? [closed]

I am currently using LastPass, and I'm not happy about it and a bit disappointed. Here are a few issues that I found out, no multiple credit card support, multiple phone numbers support is confusing ...
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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 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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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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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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HMACSHA512 versus Rfc2898DeriveBytes for password hash

We are currently using HMACSHA512 in .net, with a 128Char (64byte) validation key The salt is 64 char randomly generated string. We allocated 2048 length on the database for the hashed base64 string ...
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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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SIP Provider stores credentials, is it required for some SIP phones?

My SIP provider stores my SIP call time password as AES encrypted in stead of hashed. I understand that SIP authentication has the capability to NOT store the password, and in stead store a ...
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Good password hashing algorithm compatible with PHP and Linux apps

I'm looking for a password hash method for a new server system. The hashes must be generated from PHP code and verified from PHP as well as by a number of applications on a Linux system. I know that ...
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Gnome-keyring iteration count location

I know that Gnome-keyring hashes master password between 1000 and 2000 times. It picks random number. I would like to ask where does it save this number, what is the location of that file? As far as I ...
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XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase?

How accurate is this XKCD comic from August 10, 2011? I've always been an advocate of long rather than complex passwords, but most security people (at least the ones that I've talked to) are ...
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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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Best way to store/retrieve sensitive key files?

We have our web servers running in AWS EC2. We have about 30 API Keys/passwords/etc (sensitive data) which is set in the environment for our app to use. Whenever we deploy, we start a new server ...
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What is the severity if someone read the ConnectionStrings_Prod.config?

I was doing an pen test in a website and the programmer did a big mistake and I was able to read any file. So I read the web.config and see the password for database was in ...
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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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Is it possible to brute force all 8 character passwords in an offline attack?

This article states: Brute-force techniques trying every possible combination of letters, numbers, and special characters had also succeeded at cracking all passwords of eight or fewer characters. ...
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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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How secure is automatic authentication in Skype?

How secure is checking the automatic authentication option in Skype client? What if I sign in with Microsoft account instead of Skype id? What if both accounts are merged? Is there any documentation ...
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Does password-hashing “busy-work” need to be cryptographically secure

All modern password hashing schemes are deliberately designed to include a huge amount of "busy-work", to limit the speed with which an attacker would be able to conduct password hashing attempts. ...
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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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Passwords propagation, Password Trend and Word Generator in Human Mind

Some passwords like "123456", "admin" are outrageously popular, so are the leet transformations and concatenation of digits. The users seem to pick up the password suggestions or just copy the ...
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Should password recommendations be different for devices, networks, and internet?

I started using a password manager last year and updated nearly all of my internet accounts to super-strong, unique passwords, and that isn't a problem, cause I only access them from web browsers or ...
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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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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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Storing random initial (one-time) passwords in plain text

I manage a vendor app that issues passwords to end users. From what I can see, final user passwords are stored properly. My concern is the initial generation and communication step. The app has many ...
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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 ...