Talk:Password Storage Cheat Sheet
I think, for this cheat-sheet, we should begin by identifying and describing the minimum acceptable mechanisms for password storage (IMO, this is probably still salt+hash) first. Then, describe the additional controls that can be applied to further enhance the protection.
Since the community is focusing more on this page, I think we need a discussion.
A few of the points mentioned on this page are dubious to me :
Recommendation: Make it hard to steal the salt
As far as I know salts are salts, not secrets. They are supposed to be known (in a cryptographic point of view).
- Fixed system salt is a fine practice followed by many,
but does not increase system security since when concatenated with random salts, its just one long salt with less randomness.
- Embedding a portion of the salt on source code, is not much different from the configuration file. Same scenario.
- Generate new salt everytime password changes. That is true, and somehow required. But not to make salt gathering harder.
- Salt in different location: same old
Oddly many open source software follow this paradigm, but it's totally irrelevant. As in Merkle's TIme-Memory tradeoff and Rainbow algorithms it is obvious that multiple hashes result in the same chain or another chain of the rainbow, thus don't add a single bit of security. I believe it must be mentioned that this practice is wrong. I have seen numerous OSS use
hash(salt.hash(user.hash(pass)).salt) which is as secure as hash(salt.pass)
or even less (can be exploited somehow).
I strongly suggest that this page be modified and fixed. If other members approve, please let me know.