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Passwords are commonly used for both authentication and encryption. Sometimes this is done securely. "Commonly" is an interesting word here, because passwords are commonly turned into encryption keys in ways that do not follow good security practices, and also passwords commonly do not have enough entropy to be suitable for generating encryption keys. ...


I hope you hash your password with something secure like sha-256 the way recommended by sp800-132 section 5.3 http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-132/nist-sp800-132.pdf. in that case, brute-force attacks on hash collisions are unlikely to succeed. Your design has the security of the password ..... "", "abc123". "azerty". "123456789" are the most ...

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