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PBKDF2 is a key derivation and strengthening function, commonly used for password storage.

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Encryption and HMAC with the same password

I need to send authenticated ciphered messages by using a single password. Reusing the same (derived) key for the block cipher and the HMAC is not a good practice, I know. My initial idea is to ...
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Database row level encryption scheme

I am wanting to secure some highly sensitive data in a database. This would mean that the data needs to be encrypted and remain secure for 100 years if it were to fall into adversary hands. I also ...
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PBKDF2 used to generate an encryption key: long shared secret (password) vs iterations count

I want to use pbkdf2 to generate a key for a symetric encryption (DES, 3DES, may be AES) algorith, that will be used to secure private data between an AS/400 and another computer (probably running ...
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Protect against malicious client with key derivation function (PBKDF2)?

Consider a protocol that allows clients to retrieve XML "forms" from a server. Forms are identified by a unique, randomly generated form ID that is embedded in the form. Clients fill out the form and ...
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Password Storage with Jasypt StrongPasswordEncryptor vs PBKDF2

We are currently working on authentication for a web application. For password storage, we're using Jasypt StrongPasswordEncryptor with SHA-256 and tens of thousands of iterations. Going into the ...
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Will obtaining password hash compromise derived encryption key?

I've been looking at how PBKDF is used to generate encryption key for AES. One thing I couldn't get my head around is that how those OS keep the encryption key safe apart from using hardware modules. ...
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Tracking IP address to prevent abuse without logging user metadata

I am trying to balance good security practices against excessive logging of user metadata / Personally Identifiable Information. I am constructing a web app that tracks IP addresses to prevent abuse, ...
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Why use PBKDF2 over multiple iterations of a another cryptographic hash function?

People often recommend PBKDF2 over using hash functions directly, but typically they compare PBKDF2 to a single unsalted hash. What advatages are there to using PBKDF2 over multiple iterations of a ...
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How to know which output length to request from PBKDF2?

I feel like I'm asking a fairly obvious question here, but with it being so easy to make mistakes in this space, here goes. From wikipedia: DK = PBKDF2(PRF, Password, Salt, c, dkLen) dkLen ...
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Password history with PBKDF2

Scenario: Cannot use previous 15 passwords Using PBKDF2 with iterations targeting 1 second execution time In this scenario, when a user wishes to create a new password, the server must combine ...
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two encrypting / hashing case, which one is best

Thinking about these below two cases, which one is best and most secure one 1st case //key1 generated from static salt and user password, because in case attacker don't know about source code (bad ...
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Any reason to use bcrypt, pbkdf2, scrpt for other things than passwords? [closed]

Let's say I want to hash some data, using SHA256, in order to prove I know something. Maybe it's my secret ID for something. In the real of passwords we have moved from hashing -> hashing+salt -> cpu ...
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Login details security using salt n hash and a login role in postgresql

I am coding up the security for a website in express.js and postgresql db. Now I have been reading about salting and hashing and I have the code set up with pdkdf2 using the crypto module, but my ...
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Limit attempt of user login against PBKDF2

I have been tasked been tasked by my boss to change the encryption system of our web application from MD5 to PBKDF2 as MD5/SHA1 has been shown to be breakable in recent years . I argued against it ...
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Supplying a password to PBKDF2 in raw binary vs. base64?

Background: I'm working with Node's crypto library. I'm using PBKDF2 to convert a variable-length binary "passphrase" into constant-length keys for an AES cipher later on. The underlying source of ...
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How to safely use a Key Derivation Function to secure private data - need guidance

I have some secure data created in my client app which I wish to store on the server as backup for the user. The user already has a password to authenticate with the server. The password is never ...
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Benefit to using PBKDF2 on key generated by RNGCryptoServiceProvider?

I have a program that generates a fixed-length 32 byte (256-bit) password using RNGCryptoService provider and then uses Rfc2898DeriveBytes on that password to arrive at an encryption key. However, to ...
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Is it safe to use PBKDF2 for hashing?

I would like to get a few opinions on whether it would be safe or not to use PBKDF2 to generate a hash of a password. For my purposes I'd like to assume that the hash itself will be posted on the ...
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Do I need to salt PBKDF2 when it's used for AES encryption

If I'm using PBKDF2 to stretch a password into a suitable key for use in encryption with AES, should I be using a random salt (for PBKDF2, not the AES IV)?
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Using AES to encrypt user data

I know next to nothing about cryptography, and I'm basically just looking for someone to look over what I'm doing and tell me if I'm screwing up. I have the user entering in some sensitive ...
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At what point does adding more iterations to PBKDF2 provide no extra security?

If my true passphrase is used only to generate a hash which is used as the cipher's actual key, doesn't that mean it's possible to try and brute force the cipher itself? I know it would take an ...
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Secure authentication: partial client-side key stretching… please review/criticize my idea

I am trying to figure out what would be the 'perfect' authentication system for a website. On one end, we know that simple hashing algorithms can be brute-forced or cracked in other ways. Hence why ...
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How much does unknown PBKDF2 iteration count improve security?

We are crackers who get our hand on an encrypted file. We know the whole file is AES-256 encryption of the original plaintext file. We also know that PBKDF2 was run 1000 times on the original plain ...
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Questions towards my application that uses bouncy castle crypto

I am implementing an application using bouncy castle crypto API it uses AES-CBC to encrypt files and i have some questions regarding the development of my application. I dont want to use a static ...
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Store private key on server, then use k1 to log in, k2 to verify HMAC and k3 to decrypt private key

I'm working on a proof-of-concept program to encrypt email with less difficulty for end-users with a process like: To create an account: Generate a random salt and IV, and get a password from the ...
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Login system using authenticated encryption without storing user password

I'm not a security expert, so I might be asking a silly question, but let me describe what I am thinking about. First, I know that a lot of web sites store hashed/encrypted passwords which could be ...
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User specified iteration count

I'm working on a PHP authentication and registration system following the standard salt+password = 'auth hash' and using the plaintext/unencrypted username as the lookup field on the initial query. ...
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RSA vs PBKDF2 for password storage (theoretical)

I know this is not the right way to store passwords, but I'm asking this from a theoretical perspective: Suppose a web site's passwords were encrypted with RSA asymmetric encryption and the private ...
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Why is 8ms a goal for hashing?

I'm currently developing a small project in PHP, and as it involves user authentication, I've been researching what options I've got regarding hashing. I've settled on PBKDF2 primarily due to it's ...
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Increase the security of an already stored password hash

Right now we're using 1024 byte PBKDF2 with 256 byte user-specific salt and variable iterations. However, I would much prefer to be able to, perhaps once every year or two, to be able to flat out ...
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Improving Digest Authentication using PBKDF2

For a variety of reasons, I need to use digest authentication for a REST server that I have created. I have come up with an "improvement" that I believe strengthens the algorithm against MD5 attacks ...
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Client-Side Hashing to decrease value of password guessing heuristics

Yes, this is 'yet another client-side hashing' question. But, don't leave yet, I think there is some value here. I'd like to do something to mitigate the affect on the community as a whole when my ...
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How less secure is an encryption if we know something about the original data?

I have a number of files encrypted with a key derived from a password. In line with standard practice, I use a random salt and password and do many PBKDF2 iterations to obtain an encryption key and ...
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LastPass One Time Recovery Passwords--How?

The LastPass password manager stores One Time Recovery Passwords locally in each browser you use the plugin with: http://helpdesk.lastpass.com/account-recovery/ My question is, how can you have more ...
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Key length and hash function in PBKDF2

On this page: http://www.ruby-doc.org/stdlib-2.0/libdoc/openssl/rdoc/OpenSSL/PKCS5.html they make a statement that strikes me as rather weird: Key Length Specifies the length in bytes of ...
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Is it safe to have the salt equal to IV?

If I'm using AES-256 CBC to encrypt, getting the 32 byte key using multiple iterations of the PBKDF2 function with a 16 byte salt, is it safe for me to let IV be equal to the salt? (Edit: The salt is ...
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BCrypt+SHA256 vs PBKDF2-SHA256

From this question, the OP posited taking a user's entered password, running it through BCrypt, then running that through SHA256 to produce a 256-bit password-derived key. (EDIT: To clarify, these two ...
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Maintain sensitive key between requests

EDIT: Reworked question. Previous version too poorly asked. On my website users write sensitive messages that must be kept secret. The entire user area is over SSL, so the communication between user ...
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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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Is there a table that compares hashing algorithms by speed, relatively (machine independent)

As far as I understood*, one of the major criteria when choosing a password / salt hashing algorithm is it's speed. To prevent brute force attacks, a slower algorithm is better (and also makes it more ...
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Is there a better way to take advantage of current 'approved', 'proven', and memory/cpu-expensive algorithms while using salts and peppers?

I've read about the concepts presented in these two questions: Pre-hash password before applying bcrypt to avoid restricting password length Would it make sense to use Bcrypt and PBKDF2 together? I ...
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Client side password hashing

Edit: Updated to put more emphasis on the goal - peace of mind for the user, and not beefing up the security. After reading through a few discussions here about client side hashing of passwords, I'm ...
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What about combining pkdf2 with scrypt? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Would it make sense to use Bcrypt and PBKDF2 together? How does the following password hashing scheme look to you? iterations1 = scrypt iterations required to spend ...
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Recomended hash algorithm [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to securely hash passwords? Do any security experts recommend bcrypt for password storage? What would you choose between: PBKDF2 SHA256 (270,000 iterations) ...
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Is PBKDF2 only SHA1 in C#?

I can't find a way of specifying the hashing algorithm used by the PBKDF2 (the Rfc2898DeriveBytes class) implementation in C# System.Security.Cryptography. It seems to be just SHA1. Am I missing ...
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With PBKDF2, what is an optimal Hash size in bytes? What about the size of the salt?

When creating a hash with PBKDF2, it allows the developer to choose the size of the hash. Is longer always better? Also, what about the size of the random salt? Should that be the same size as the ...
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Trying to understand password hashing

I am trying to get a grasp of password hashing. Back in the days it seemed so simple, just MD5(password + salt) and you are done. Then md5 was proven to have collisions so people started moving to ...
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Challenging challenge: client-side password hashing and server-side password verification

We have a website where users need to log in to access privileged information. Obviously we are using SSL, but I also want to avoid plaintext passwords from accidently ending up in server logs, or ...
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Verify Login and Encrypt with PBKDF2

I'm writing a desktop application where I'm using PBKDF2 to generate an encryption key to AES-128 encrypt the config file. The config file contains a crypo-random key that's been used to encrypt the ...
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What's the advantage of using PBKDF2 vs SHA256 to generate an AES encryption key from a passphrase?

I'm looking at two comprable pieces of software which need to encrypt data on disk using a passphrase. One uses PBKDF2 to generate the encryption key from a passphrase, while the other uses two rounds ...