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A hash algorithm is a function which takes a variable size input and produces a fixed size output. The algorithm tries to make it difficult to predict the output for a given input, find two inputs with the same output, or reconstruct the input from the output.

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Is salting a hash really as secure as common knowledge implies?

(I did search on this topic, but I found no complete question/answer that addressed it, or even good portions of questions that might be relevant.) I'm implementing a salt function for user passwords ...
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What is the difference between a Hash Function and a Cryptographic Hash Function?

I mean, is it just a matter of "how difficult is it to reverse the function with the current technology"? Or is there a mathematical concept or property that makes them different? If it is a matter ...
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Is there any real value in hashing/salting passwords?

I look after a system which holds a lot of "low grade" information, nothing financial but name/address/email etc. Someone has suggested that we up the security from the current in house password ...
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How does storing hash passwords work? [duplicate]

In usual network applications, that employ password hashing, is the user password hashed on client side before sending it to the server, or is it sent without hashing as encryption of plain text ...
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Can one tell if a password guess was close by the hash result?

I have been reading about password management lately (very interesting stuff!) and was wondering how different the hashes would be for similar strings. Is it possible to know if a password guess was ...
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Is “real salt” the same as “initialization vectors”?

In the question about real vs. fake salt, the answers describe how real salt 'perturbs the encryption algorithm.' I know roughly how initialization vectors work; is this the same concept, or something ...
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Does too long a salt reduce the security of a stored password hash?

Suppose we have passwords that are statistically 7-8 characters long. Is appending a 200 character long salt less secure than a 5 character salt, because of the similar hash function inputs? I was ...
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Is there any way my password is hashed, if I'm only ever asked to provide 5 out of many characters? [duplicate]

There is a system that, on a login form, presents about 40 boxes for password letters (to hide password's actual length), and only random ones (the same amount each time) are editable. Explanation is -...
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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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How would you store a 4 digit pin code securely in the database?

I'm familiar with password hashing, using salts, bcrypt etc. But it doesn't seem like this would work to store a 4 digit pin code since the attacker could try all 10,000 combinations quite quickly. ...
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Why does some popular software still use md5?

Nowadays no one dares to defend md5 for any use, and of course they should not! However, much popular software still uses md5 in applications such as password hashing (although it's not simple/plain ...
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Can a neural network crack hashing algorithms?

I've been reading a bit about neural networks, and their ability to approximate many complex functions. Wouldn't a neural network be capable of cracking a hashing algorithm like SHA256? For example, ...
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Why not mix hashes?

To make hashes harder to target by specialized hardware, I intuitively imagine that mixing a set of different hash algorithms should provide additional strength. For simplicity lets assume Hash1 is a ...
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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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Choosing a session ID algorithm for a client-server relationship

I am developing an application which has a client-server relationship, and I am having trouble deciding on the algorithm by which the session identifier is determined. My goal is to restrict ...
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Should I use own constants when using well known hashing algorithms?

I understand that it is important to use well known and well tested hashing algorithms instead of designing my own. For such there often are reference implementations available, which initialize the ...
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Tripwire - Is it security Theater?

Tripwire type intrusion detection systems supposedly protect your system from rootkits, by monitoring the checksums of important binaries for changes. Let's say I have tripwire configured to run ...
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what is the difference between a mac and a digital signiture

I understand that a MAC algorithm takes a message and a private key as input and hashes them to a value. I understand that senders and receivers often use MACs to authenticate a message and check the ...
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LastPass Grid Authentication vs Google Authenticator which one is more secure?

[Being a LastPass user] recently I moved to Google Authenticator instead of using Grid Authentication as a 2-factor security. For me, finding and filling letters from such a dense matrix is a rather ...
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Password security in databases - today still best practice? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which password hashing method should I use? There are a ton of great posts about password security in databases on stack overflow and on other sites and as I am completely new ...
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Won't all hashes collide after enough iterations with a static salt?

We all know that we're supposed to take a fairly slow hashing algorithm, salt the password, and run the hash for many iterations. Let's say that I'm following almost everything except for one rule, ...
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Is my session-less authentication system secure?

So, I've created an authentication system. Poured over it for any kind of security flaws and tested the crap out of it. I think it's fairly secure, but there is one "different" by-design aspect of it ...
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How often do two users use the same password

If no two users use the same password, then in theory salting the password hash is not needed. How often, in practice, do two users have the same password?
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Is it bad practice to prefix my hash with the algorithm used?

Let's say I have a database with a bunch of users in it. This user database would typically have a hashed password per user. Would it be bad practice to prefix this hash with the hashing algorithm ...
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Password Storage - Self Encryption vs Hashing?

Self Encryption: Encrypting a password using the password itself (as a symmetric key). Basically, by doing this, I'll get random data as an output. Now, in order to retrieve the password from this ...
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What's to stop someone from just MITMing a checksum?

A lot of sites offer MD5 or SHA sums to verify the validity of your download, but why do some things rely almost entirely on this? Is there anything in place to prevent people from just replacing ...
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Why is it necessary to match the checksum of a download with another file provided by the same server? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does hashing a file from an unsigned website give a false sense of security? On many servers providing files for download, there is a file on which checksums are provided for ...
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Brute force vs other methods of recovering passwords from shadow file

Do you know any good approach for de-hashing/actually bruteforcing hashed passwords in the shadow file? On various operating systems, any good solutions/methods/programs. Or is it better to upload ...
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Is salted MD5 or salted SHA considered secure?

Is using something like bcrypt or scrypt necessary? The hashes are so much longer to store in a database. Can one get away with using salted MD5 or SHA and still be secure?
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Can I share what password hash function I used in a public report?

I have developed a web site during an internship, using a database with accounts. I used the crypt() method from PHP, with a secured algorithm plus salt (found on the web with a lot of feedback). ...
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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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Can client-side hashing improve after-the-fact security in response to password leaks?

Several questions on this site address client-side password hashing, and none of them admit to any security benefit beyond protecting other sites the user might use the same password for. However, ...
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Handling passwords in a web application

I am trying to learn how a secure web application is developed. Particularly, I am unsure of how passwords are sent from the client to the server. For a typical user/password login form. If the client ...
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Why store a salt along side the hashed password? [duplicate]

Understand the need to protection credentials with hashes that are expensive and to use cryptographically random salts. What I would like to understand is why you would store the salt along side the ...
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Stretching a hash, many iterations versus longer input string

I have been reading up on various password hashing schemes, for example the SHA-based Crypt proposed by Ulrich Drepper and used in some Linux versions. A recurring theme here is to 'strengthen' or '...
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Does hashing a PRNG make it cryptographically secure?

Would hashing the result of a regular random number generator produce a cryptographically secure PRNG? For example, would sha1(rand()) effectively be a secure PRNG? Assuming it doesn't, how would ...
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How can I store a password history to prevent reuse?

I have an application with a user database. The database stores the password using a bcrypt hash with a randomized salt. How can I implement a password history set (to prevent password reuse) in a ...
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SHA and “Bits of Security”

I've researched several forms of encryption/hashing and have often come across the term "bits of security". For example, at least one source claimed SHA-256 = AES128 = ECC256 = 128 bits of security. ...
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Bcrypt as a key derivation function?

I read a lot of entries at stack exchange about bcrypt and why it is supposed to be better than PBKDF2 in terms of password storage. I'm asking now if bcrypt is better than PBKDF2 in terms of key ...
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Is there repetition in the Solaris 11 hash routine? Can I add some?

Solaris 11 now uses SHA-256, so we can have longer than 8 character passwords now, by default. That is nice. I'll just make it clear that this password is never used as a line of defence. Only a ...
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Random string vs hash(random string)?

I'm implementing a one-time token service. Each of these one-time token represents some server side data/action associated with it (a 'email confirm' action for example), so that my web service can ...
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Does checking the fingerprint of a self signed certificate improve security?

I am currently developing a component for an application that does TCP communication with a device inside a local area network. I use TLS to provide data encryption, integration and authorisation. ...
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Extract Password Hashes from Active Directory LDAP

Currently we are working on a monthly internal security test which among other should contain a verification of the real password strength the users choose. For this reason I want to extract the ...
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Checksum vs. Hash: Differences and Similarities?

What are similarities and differences between a "checksum" algorithm and a "hash" function? Can they be used instead of each other? Or their usage are different? For example, for verifying the ...
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self-signatures using SHA1

This page says: self-signatures must not use SHA1 You can check this by doing: gpg --export-options export-minimal --export <keyid> | gpg --list-packets |grep -A 2 signature|grep '...
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is it easier to get the original password if you have multiple hashes of it?

Most users tipically use the same password for multiple applications. Let's say all of these applications hash the password in some way. Would it be easier for an attacker to get the original password ...
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symetric key encryption vs hashing

This is a fascinating document: top 100 passwords from adobe breach I have a question about one part of it: However, thanks to Adobe choosing symmetric key encryption over hashing, selecting ...
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making an iPhone/Android app which sends a user password to my server, how to secure?

I'm making an iPhone/Android app for my website, users already have an account on the website and the app will allow them to login. I don't have SSL on my website, but it's just a reviews website and ...
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which hashing algorithm is better to use to store a password, sha256 or sha512? [duplicate]

which hashing algorithm is better to use to store a password, sha256 or sha512? I know that sha512 is more secure than sha256 but I was wondering if it has some disadvantages or it is completely ...
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How does the attacker know what algorithm and salt to use in a dictionary attack?

I am curious about password cracking methods like dictionary and brute force attacks. Nowadays passwords are stored as hashes and not plaintext on the server. Then how can the plaintext passwords in ...