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

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Could these special characters be used in a password?

To use a good password, I was thinking about adding special characters. I remember that some login services don't allow all characters. Perhaps it depends also on the keyboard layout. Could these ...
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How long will it take to break a salted password?

Let's say that I have a system where all passwords must be 8 characters long and each character can be any 32 different values. All my passwords are hashed with a salt. I can test 64 passwords per ...
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Sending sensitive infromation via self destructing link in an email

I need to come up with a simple way for people within the company to send out arbitrary sensitive information to arbitrary recipients. There is an equal chance that the sender and recipient will be ...
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Are there problems with reusing strong passwords for private gpg keys

I am currently maintaining a few different identities each associated with different gpg keys (for personal, academic, professional correspondence etc., whether or not this is a good idea is probably ...
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How to conceal a computer in operation with a separate logon password?

Goal: Disallow physical people near the computer to see its operations. No password to start the computer. But, I'd like to conceal the screen after startup and all programs loaded. Because of the ...
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Is there any added security/vulnerabilities if you allow a “trusted-party” to vouch you are legit, if you were locked out of your account?

I was reading this answer on a question. http://security.stackexchange.com/a/498/106817 Recently, at the OWASP AppSec 2010 conference in Orange County, Bill Cheswick from AT&T talked at ...
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How can Windows 10 not have the password in memory?

I have read that Windows 10 does not hold the password in memory from the creator of mimikatz: Starting with 8.x and 10, by default, there is no password in memory. Exceptions: When ...
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Is it acceptable for customer service to ask for my PIN?

I tried to initiate an online chat with customer service of a company I am trying to do business with this weekend, but before they would answer any of my questions they requested that I give them the ...
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Why is using SQL injection to extract passwords or password hashes from a login database (that should never legitimately disclose them) even possible?

(Okay, so I'll confess upfront that while I'm trying to educate myself the current state of my knowledge on web applications security is still pretty shallow. So I appreciate your patience if the way ...
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Why do sites implement locking after three failed password attempts?

I know the reasoning behind not letting infinite password attempts - brute force attempts is not a meatspace weakness, but a problem with computer security - but where did they get the number three ...
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store passwords as one-way-hash, or just use it as an AES key?

I want to store some data so the only one who'll be able to access it is the user itself. Here is my idea: when user registers, his password will be hashed in SHA256 (so it'll fit as an AES key), and ...
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Steam pops up saying password has been changed? [on hold]

My steam popped up warning me that my account login has been changed, but it appears to still be intact. What's this about?
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Should password reset tokens be hashed when stored in a database?

Passwords are hashed so that if someone gains access to a database of passwords then they won't know what the actual passwords are and so they can't log in. If I can get a valid password reset token ...
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What are the security features of the Microsoft PasswordVault class?

There doesn't seem to be much information on the PasswordVault but it seems to provide for local encryption of credentials. There are references to it in this source code and this blog. The reason ...
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Regarding Windows password and Chrome's 'Remember password' Feature

Google Chrome browser helps in password management by prompting users to remember their passwords for the websites. These saved passwords can be accessed from the browsers "settings" menu, and to do ...
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Is PBKDF2-based System.Cryptology.RFC2898DeriveBytes() “better” for Unicode Password hashing than traditional methods?

When is it appropriate to use RFC2898DeriveBytes versus a typical hash? Update I now understand that a KDF is typically used to create a symmetric key for possible use in encrypting a stream. I ...
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How to implement iterations when hashing passwords?

To securely hash passwords, algorithms such as PBKDF2 do many iterations of a common hash such as SHA1. Are there certain ways that these iterations need to be done to be safe? In particular, from ...
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How is github 2FA personal access token more secure than passphrase?

I recently enabled 2-factor authentication (2FA) on my github account. Once you enable 2FA, you can no longer connect to the repo using your normal passphrase using command line tools. You have to ...
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Is it possible to improve brute-force guessing of a password with a picture of the keyboard used to enter it?

Is it a bad idea to post a photo of your keyboard to social media? Can I look at a photo of a keyboard and determine the password of an account? Assuming a certain (set of) password(s) is the most ...
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How does JDBC send passwords to the server?

I am really curious about how JDBC sends passwords to the server. While I understand that is simply an API and it depends on the implementation, are they usually hashed and then sent to server? If I ...
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Why do we ask for a user's existing password when changing their password?

In a web applications context, when a user wants to change their current password, generally they would have to enter their current password first. However at this point, the user has already been ...
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How to secure Linux terminal with Google Authenticator? [migrated]

How to secure Linux terminal with Google Authenticator for root access and login?
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Windows security & data protection

I work for a hotel. The hotel stores a MySQL database online. This database only contains a Reference ID, number of nights and so on, but no private data. No names, no personal information on guests. ...
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Safely store passwords in specific scenario

I have a specific network environment. Its a DTN(Delay Tolerant Network) network without continous connectivity, situated on the sea, where nodes are ships. There is also a server that is a part of ...
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Are bad passwords used to breach security in real life?

I sometimes hear news articles about hackers managing to get a list of usernames/emails and passwords from a given site, and I also hear news articles about how little entropy there is in some ...
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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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What technologies does ChromeOS use to secure saved passwords?

I have read that Chrome will use the system's native credential tools to manage saved passwords (e.g. KeyChain on OSX, libsecret on Linux/GNOME etc). Does anyone know what tools are used on ChromeOS? ...
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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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Is it acceptable practice to only increment a number when changing a password?

Note: I'm not asking about this password scheme is the best or not (of course it isn't); I'm asking about its theoretical or practical secureness relative to the optimal password scheme based on the ...
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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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How exactly does “Apache Shiro's” hashing work when using a Desktop-Client

I was looking at this question How does storing hash passwords work? and every answer essentially says that Hashing is done via the server, or most of it should, as that is the safest way to do it. ...
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How to tell if a webapp transmits my password in cleartext?

I am trying to see if a webapp transmit password in some form of cleartext. The problem is that the web app is NOT using https! This is why I wondering is my passwords is sent in clear text. I've ...
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Should I hash my passwords even if I am only allowed to generate limited traffic?

At this moment I'm busy working on an webapp with a friend of mine. The main problem we have is that we are only allowed to generate 50 GB a month in datatraffic. My question is: Does hashing the ...
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How to transfer a database of usernames and passwords to a friend

Caveat: I basically know nothing about information security, so I apologize in advance. I'll try to keep the question as general as possible. I have a website X over which I have administrator ...
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If bruteforcing a password goes aaa, AAA, aab, AAB, etc, all the way to ZZZ, wouldn't ZZZZZZ be the most secure password?

I'm only taking about security against bruteforce attacks. I assume that most crackers start at a and go up to zzzzzzz for as long as instructed (so it could be zzzzzzzzzzz if told so in the ...
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Why are generated access tokens for APIs much longer than passwords?

I'll take Twitter as an example. On one hand, when registering on Twitter, the password must contain at least 6 characters. On the other hand, access token to the API have about 50 characters: ...
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Is using OAuth for login less or more secure than maintaining your own passwords?

Pros: The complexity in managing passwords is maintained by a company with stronger security policy. Let's assume they secure passwords properly. The user doesn't have to maintain yet another ...
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How to securely store and manage one-time backup codes for 2FA?

I am already using 31 services with 2nd factor authentication and the number is growing. In addition to having multiple authentication devices, I decided for or had to generate a separate set of ...
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Purpose of having a identifier on a password reset communication

A particular service I use, when asked for a password reset, showed me an identifier on the website - something like 4562708546, apparently random or sequential. They then sent me a new password over ...
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Forgot password and revealing whether account exists [duplicate]

So when you hit that forgot password link and enter your email address, it seems that sites (and other programmers I've spoken to) are one of either two mindsets; Notify the user whether or not the ...
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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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One liner to create passwords in linux?

How do you create a readable password using bash with one line? What if i'm looking for 128 bits of entropy? EDIT By readable I mean the 94 printable ascii characters (without space). It can use ...
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Is using SHA-512 for storing passwords tolerable?

I know that the best options to use for storing passwords are bcrypt/PBKDF2/scrypt. However, suppose you have to audit a system and it uses SHA-512 with salt. Is that "fine"? Or it is a vulnerability ...
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Is it good practice to send passwords in separate emails, and why?

I have heard from different people and in different places that if I send an encrypted file to someone else, I should send them the password in a separate email; but why? If someone is sniffing, they ...
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Advantages with PIN code authentication where the digits are placed at random positions?

I noticed that a lot of high-risk websites, such as bank and payment platforms, do not use a passwords for authentication (as usual) but instead use a PIN code where the numbers are placed at random ...
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How can this encryption algorithm be improved?

I am currently developing an application to store my passwords safely. It will be a proof-of-concept at first, but I am planning to upgrade it later. Anyway, here is how the passwords are accessed: ...
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Why have username AND password? [duplicate]

It seems most security mechanisms nowadays default to a username + password combination for authorization. I want to know why there are 2 "keys," if you will. Won't one credential suffice? Put ...
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Is it possible to remove the password on new generations of Lenovo X1?

I have lost the password for my setup. I set it up a few years ago and now I cannot recall it. The supervisor password is not stored in an EEPROM so the usual tricks do not work. I think it is in a ...
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How secure is WD MyPassport lock

I have a WD My Passport hard drive. There is an option that allows you to lock your hard drive with a password. How secure is this lock? They don't give details about the encryption algorith or the ...
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Do hackers still use iterative password cracking techniques?

It's World Password Day! Rejoice, for today is the day that all of our friends will change their passwords from abc123 to 123abc!!! While we're on the topic of passwords, one thing websites do to ...