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Nice to see recommendations of crypto hashes rather than fast ones.

Did you hear the recent Risky Business where Marcus Ranum talks about hashing?


It was a pretty interesting talk to listen to, but they didn't really settle on anything other than "the system is borked". As the paper mentions, Ballast Security is working on a new authentication system, that can be patched into websites and the like as a method for verifying user/passwords. We are hoping to do a public live demo of this project soon, but we need to find somewhere to host it because its likely someone will try to just brute force the authentication on the server, D/DoSing the live demo. We plan on implementing throttling methods, but we host on a VPS, and maxing out the CPU would probably get our account dropped.

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