Passwords are secret keys which human beings can memorize.

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Is manually 'salting' my passwords a safe alternative to having a different password for each site? [duplicate]

It is highly recommended to use a different password for each site to prevent the breach of security of one site from compromising the user accounts on all other websites that have the same username - ...
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Generating passwords using Password-Based Key Derivation Function

I was thinking of using different and independent password for different websites, but not storing them in some password manager so I don't need to backup the passwords. I thought I could use some ...
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Strange form of RAR archive? [closed]

So I have a RAR archive that I need to get the password to. I would be able to do this but this RAR archive is unlike anything I have previously seen. When you open the password protected archive, you ...
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Commutative Hash Function for Password Challenge?

I had an idea. Could anyone tell me if this is a thing, if they see any problems with it, and if they know of a commutative hash function that would make it work? Suppose you had a pair of ...
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Password manager that uses a mix of long and short key derivation functions

I was reading "A Convenient Method for Securely Managing Passwords, Halderman et al., 2005". In short, the authors say to do the following: ...
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What is the recommended number of iterations for Argon2?

I've recompiled my operating system ("LionBSD" based on FreeBSD) to use Argon2i as the default password hashing algorithm in crypt/libcrypt. I'm wondering what the recommended number of iterations ...
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Security when using same salt for different passwords, compared to using different salts?

I have this question I am struggling about: For example, someone suggested improving UNIX authentication by defining 3 different passwords for a user that are stored in the shadow file. All three ...
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Encrypting user data with their password?

I had an idea once that all of the user data (including the username) could be encrypted with the user's password. Obviously, most sites would store different data, so using the same password and ...
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Password entropy much lower than entropy of encryption keys. Why is this acceptable?

When talking symmetric encryption, a 56 bit key is known to be so weak. If you use it for your encryption, you are considered a goner. When talking passwords however, the standard these days is ...
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Do I need to use a CSPRNG when creating salts for user accounts?

I'm not sure about the need of using CSPRNG to create salts for each user account. I found “Cryptographically Secure Pseudo-Random Number Generator in Qt/C++ (Cross platform)” (at StackOverflow) with ...
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How to add passphrase to an RSA key?

If I want to protect a private RSA key, do I just XOR the password into the key, or do I do something else? Is it secure? Edit: I got a good answer from a comment - Hash the password/passphrase with ...
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Validating subset of a password

Is anyone aware of an algorithm/method that allows me to validate just a few letters (or other characters) from a password. For example, the application asks for the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 9th letters from ...
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Does a password that's cracked someone's account increase the chances of cracking someone else's account?

For every find in password that cracks someone's account, does that particular password have a higher probability of cracking someone else's account more than a brute force dictionary choice? How ...
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How to generate many passwords from one passphrase, so that knowledge of one password does not compromise the others?

The limitations are: it should be a function. passphrase is so weak, that if hash of it is known (or big part of hash), then it can be brute forced. I want to get N passwords from one passphrase. ...
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Using a straight password for encryption and authentication

Assume we have a password like 3buNCh_7kaRmencrEst3. Now suppose we have two parties who know this password. We a have communication scheme that uses the password ...
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On the security definition of password-authenticated key exchange

I found in all PAKE papers, the security is defined as something like this: Let $Succ(A)$ be the probability that an attacker $A$ successfully distinguished the session key from a random string. Then ...
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Increase in security with increase in size of salt [duplicate]

Does increasing or doubling the size of salt result in improved security? It will require some extra time to brute force the passwords, but any added advantage?
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Reducing the probability that a password will be guessed

In a file users' password hashes are stored. There are 2 approaches to reduce the probability that the password is guessed. Increase the size of the salt from 12 bits to 24 bits. Increase the length ...
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What is the starting point of Hellman's TMTO method?

I understand what is happening and how the endpoint is computed but I'm still a bit unsure of where "SP" (Staring Point) came from. Are the starting points, randomly selected keys from the key-space n?...
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Password-based encryption with small typos allowed

I'm trying to write some software to encrypt and decrypt some messages with a password. I am trying to implement it using this post: How can I securely convert a "string" password to a key used in ...
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What's the safest TrueCrypt algorithm and hash?

I have an encrypted file container inside my NTFS pendrive. The root folder Write permission is blocked for everyone. A folder inside it has all permissions unblocked. The dummy file of TrueCrypt is ...
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Shamir secret sharing: calculate rest of shares when you know secret and one share

Using Shamir secret sharing, one is starting with a secret and end up with a number of shares based on a polynomial. For example: INPUT: secret: 123456 Shares:4 ...
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Decrypting a file encrypted with AESCRYPT using key instead of password

i have encrypted a file using aescrypt and took memory image while the file was being encrypted and hence have the key that was used for encryption in the image but not the password, can i decrypt the ...
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Padding password before SHA-512 hashing to avoid info leak via timing

I've noticed that SHA-512 password hashing leaks some information about the password length. There's a weak correlation between password length and time to hash. It's roughly linear, but in steps of ...
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Implementing hmac+bcrypt in bash script

I was recently reading Mozilla's Secure Coding guidelines and found their password storage method interesting. They combine an hmac hash of the password with bcrypt which allows for added security ...
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Why does a hacker need to crack the key to an encrypted file, instead of just brute forcing the password? [closed]

Most encryption softwares don't seem to have a trial limit. So why would a hacker need to crack the key, or even need to know the salt value, if he can just brute force the 6-8 digit password?
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Encrypt/Decrypt cloud passwords with master password

I know it's generally bad to store password in the clouds, and that I should be using salted-hashed password only. I'm making an application that will authenticate a user (with salted-hash), and then ...
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What is wrong with simple concatenation in salted password hashes?

I once heard that if implementing a password hashing scheme, simply concatenating the password and salt together before hashing could lead to some subtle vulnerabilities, and I'm trying to figure out ...
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Long passwords and Bcrypt

I need to store passwords for a web application, and was looking at Bcrypt for a possible solution. After some research, it appears only the first 72 bytes influence the final hash output. While it is ...
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Generating passwords from a master password using rules

I realize it's generally considered bad idea to use the same password everywhere. I can use icloud / lastpass to generate my passwords for me, but that leaves me clueless when I don't have access to ...
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Hashing a password before using for online accounts

I don't actually know what I'm talking about, so apologies if I get anything wrong. At the moment I have a password naming system for most of my online accounts that looks something like this: ...
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How to change the master password in a password manager

For a personal project, I'm building a password manager, based off the project in this syllabus from Stanford http://crypto.stanford.edu/~dabo/cs255/hw_and_proj/proj1.pdf Since I don't exactly have ...
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Cycling hashing in PBKDF's and their limitations in strength?

I hope this question isn't too similar to one that's already been asked. I also want to point out I know part the answer already, AFAIK: I just want some expert input on this. Let's model a hash that ...
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Encrypting passwords

I am using Android's keystore to generate a key which is protected by fingerprint authentication. This key can be used to encrypt any secrets. In my case, I want to encrypt a user password (which is ...
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Password in first line of file for AES-256 encryption

I'm using openssl with aes-256-cbc encryption to encrypt a file. The password is on the first line of the file and the ...
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Username and Password: How does it work?

Suppose a client (Alice) goes to an HTTPS website (Bob) over TLS 1.2. Alice sends Client Hello with some random number $r_a$. Bob sends Server Hello with another random number $r_b$. Suppose they ...
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Is my pin algorithm secure?

I'm a hobby programmer and very new to this field. I opened a bank account recently and got two pins. One for the girocard and the other for a creditcard. And I needed two more pins for the online ...
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How secure is Shamir's Secret Sharing for password sharing when attacker has t-1 shares?

I am designing protocol to share a random generated n long password between k parties using Shamir's Secret Sharing. I know that share alone does not reveal much information about the original ...
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Backdoorable hash function in password database

I want to use a (preferably established) hash function that is backdoorable in a password database. I want to do so because I need password escrow (being able to get the cleartext back. I want to ...
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Public key crypto instead of hashing passwords in a database

Suppose I want to keep a client's password database secure (not in plaintext), while still having access to the plaintext password. Now I generates a public/private keypair. Then I send the public ...
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Is it true that 7zip doesn't use any salt with its KDF?

This issue claims that 7zip does not use any salt with its key derivation function: https://github.com/magnumripper/JohnTheRipper/issues/1679 If that's true, wouldn't that mean you can crack multiple ...
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Cracking passwords with more than 10 characters in a few hours?

I came across this article from 2 years ago: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2331984/Think-strong-password-Hackers-crack-16-character-passwords-hour.html They're describing how a team ...
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gpg --gen-random quality level: is higher “better”?

The GNU Privacy Guard manual pages have this to say about using the gpg --gen-random 0|1|2 count command: Emit count random bytes of the given quality level 0, ...
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Is it safe to generate ECDSA keys from the hash of the previous, over and over again?

I have memorized a very long and secure passphrase, that when hashed with sha256, I can use the result as an ECDSA private key, and use it as a brain-address for Bitcoin. Now I need more bitcoin ...
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Can the salting function complexity improve the hash robustness?

I'm quite novice in security, and all examples I saw seem to salt the password by concatenating it, or by applying a simple binary OR or XOR. So the hash is based on "salt + password", "salt | ...
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Properly storing an E-mail Password

I'm creating a messaging application that will use an outlook account to send an email. However, I'm unsure about the proper steps to store the e-mail password on the user's computer. Suppose I had ...
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Are shorter password hashes safe?

How much can I shorten a password hash before it begins to impact security? Suppose that I use PBKDF2 (correctly salted) with HMAC-SHA256 as the PRF. From what I've seen, it's typical to use 256 ...
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Is it possible to reverse the birthday attack calculation?

I find that for every 100 password salts in our database, we only average 94.73 distinct salt values (averaged over a total of around 18 million). Is there a way to take that observation and calculate ...
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Attacks on WinRAR volumes reusing same password?

I have quite a few WinRAR volumes that are all encrypted with the same password. The password is long and unbruteforceable, but I recently read that WinRAR uses PBDKF2 as its key-derivation function ...
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XTEA: patterns in plain text

I'm using XTEA to encrypt passwords that I store in a database. (I need to be able to decrypt these passwords later to log in on another system.) But now I have noticed something: if I decrypt a ...