Passwords are secret keys which human beings can memorize.

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Attacking hashed password by timing attack and other means

This question is inspired by this recent one, which raises a point that need to be made quantitative to be meaningfully discussed. I chose an unusual approach: a new question worded as homework that ...
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Does it make sense to stretch non-keys?

I was thinking about stretching salt. Key-stretching is good against brute force guessing and assumes your system isn't compromised. Salting a one-way makes it so you have to compute * n for each ...
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Password as it relates to various encryption schemes

Suppose you have 2 drives you want to encrypt using different encryption algorithms, as an example: AES256 and Twofish. I am aware that using the same password for both could potentially weaken ...
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Deriving HMAC key and cipher key from passphrase? [duplicate]

I'm encrypting a file with AES-256 in CBC mode. I needed to add an HMAC for authentication and validation of the file contents and passphrase, so I used a SHA-256 HMAC over chunks of my file ...
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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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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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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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How to quickly detect incorrect password in encrypted file without compromising security?

I am developing a software to encrypt/decrypt files/streams using symmetrical encryption algorithm. During encryption phase data wil be compressed and encrypted. When decrypting data, I want to be ...
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Any ideas on login using Digital Signature PKCS

I am curious to know about possibility to login into web application just by identifying the user based on digital signature in usb token. any reference in this direction?
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Challenge–response authentication which can be done in head?

Say we have door where you have to say a password to pass. If theres someone standing nearby he would hear the password and could also use it. So therefore the doorman gives you a different number ...
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Password checking algorithm

I'm trying to reverse engineer a key exchange protocol which is based on the Diffie-Hellman key exchange scheme and faced with the following problem: Let $g$ be the generator, $m$ the modulus. Alice ...
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Implementing a web app where the server cannot decrypt its own data?

I'm a cryptography novice, but I think that the world needs to move towards an "encrypt everything" mentality as much as possible. As a result, I've been thinking a lot about ways to build a web app ...
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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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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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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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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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What's wrong with an iterative (with counter) hashed salted KDF?

It seems like the brain-dead simplest KDF would have a key-stretching structure that is not substantially different from $\text{hash}(S | P | S | P |\dots|S|P)$, where $S$ is a salt and $P$ is a ...
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Pseudo-random Number generation for Passwords

I am looking for a good pseudo-random number generation algorithm for passwords. My scenario is that I have to generate 5K pseudo-random bits from a user-supplied password (6 characters). What are ...
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What is the advantage of an attacker over breaking a 4 digits PIN?

When a hardware system is protected by a 4 digits password, what is the advantage of the attacker into breaking that system? Isn't it $10*10*10*10=10^{4}$? If $\frac{1}{10^{4}}$ is the cost of such ...
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Getting the encryption/has algorithm used for modem configuration file [closed]

Hello guys I have backed up my modem configuration file and found the username and password is in clear text; the files shows the username and the password is : ...
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Are passwords generated from sine vulnerable to certain attacks?

A friend mentioned that he used the sine of a number, i.e. sind(54), to generate long passwords. This way he only has to remember sine 54 and have a calculator to get his password back. I am wondering ...
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Trying to finalize my understanding about password storing

am sorry, an a beginner, so please forgive me if i make mistakes, so here is what I understood: PBKDF2: uses HMAC, so, the message is the password, and the key that crypts the message is the salt? or ...
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How to take SHA-1 safely for my particular case?

Let me ask about my toy passwords generator program X5 which I want to improve. X5 uses a secret key and a public key to generate a password.Where any public key is supposed to be known to hackers in ...
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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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How many attempts does it take to crack a 32-bit password hash with this scenario?

How many attempts does it take to crack (match) a 32-bit password hash from a database of 4 million password hashes? Correct me if I'm wrong, but to crack a 32-bit password hash would take roughly 2^...
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Adding a Password Hash (key derivation) function to existing password storage solution

As always we are trying to improve password storage; before just adding new ways of storing our password we need to define what threats we will mitigate by adding in a new way to store our password. ...
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AES: Guess Password using the unencrypted text?

I am using the same password for some encrypted files currently (I know this is bad practice, though), and I wonder whether an attacker could decrypt if one decrypted file fell into his hands.
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Biometric authentication [closed]

I see in some “Authentication schemes with biometric” papers that those authors wrote a phase as password and biometric update phase. My question is that why we may needs biometric update phase? Is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Registration and log in through public key cryptography?

I read about zero knowledge proofs. Let's say you want to create an account at a website. You choose a password $p$ and from $p$ you derive deterministically a public & private key pair $(e,d)$ ...
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How do I control an access code safely?

Upon registration an user has to specify an access code of five digits. This access code is also used as a password for the encryption and decryption of certain strings. The user types in "12345" (...
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Password generation/storage scheme

How bad is the following strategy for a password manager on a local machine? The user wants to sign up for somesite.com where he needs a password. The user has previously generated a secret key ...
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How do I cryptanalyze a password field?

In a PostgreSQL database, I can see the following fields in a table (for a specific record): User = administrator Password = "ceMv9Me6go" Now the following are true: The password length is not ...
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Is there a client-side program to cryptography a HTML page and decode if correct password is writen? [closed]

I want to know if there is an easy way to do this: create a complete HTML page cryptography the text content (image is not important) ask user some password check the password with a cryptographed ...
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Store user passwords in database using Java Application

I want to store user's password details in Database. My project is in Java. I want to know the best way of storing passwords and other important information like user data.