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On March 29th, 2009

Secure Password Handling

Just Add Salt

I've always been annoyed by websites and systems that have requirements for what kind of password you can use. GoDaddy, for instance, requires its FTP passwords have an uppercase letter and a number or it will not accept your password; and UC Davis requires your password be at least 7 characters long (and strangely, no more than 8). At first glance, this seems like good security practices, preventing users from picking weak passwords. But the fact of the matter is, a properly build system should be just as secure if a user picks a terrible password like apple as if they picked something ridiculous like'@pPl3S4uCe'. This article is an in depth analysis of the several options developers have to safely store user's passwords, and why requiring hard passwords is not the way to go.

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Posted in: Opinion, Passwords, Security