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Hard question to answer exactly. I'm going to refer to Theodore T'so's pwgen (v2.07) implementation exclusively here (pwgen -A0) These pronounceable passwords use "phonemes" as "symbols", rather than single characters, in (the English language biased) pwgen a phoneme can be 1 or 2 characters. There are 40 defined (in pw_phonemes.c), 25 are a single ...


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Pronounceable words are more-or-less sequences of syllables. What constitutes a syllable depends on the language, including the language variant (British, Scottish, American, Indian... versions of English are not rigorously identical). So we will make some approximations. Let's suppose that we want two-letter syllables, always a consonant followed by a ...


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Restricting yourself to only passwords that are pronounceable does decrease the entropy, which reduces strength. So in theory, the password will be weaker But password strength is a complicated beast. In particular, if choosing pronounceable passwords means you can remember a longer one than usual, then your entropy goes up and your password becomes ...



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