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Salting encrypted passwords

Thread began 1/03/2014 6:28 pm by sysop349733 | Last modified 1/06/2014 9:14 pm by Jason Byrnes | 384 views | 3 replies |

sysop349733

Salting encrypted passwords

Hello,

It appears as if Security Assist uses the value defined in wa-security.php as a salt for php encryption methods. My understanding of encryption is limited, but recent reading suggests that salting password encryption with unique values for each user is more secure than using a common salt. So, if I understand correctly what Security Assist is doing, it seems as if it is using a common salt stored in a php page. If that is correct...

Does WebAssist have any instructions/documentation for using unique salts and would you recommend storing them with the user's record in the database (as I've read is recommended) or keeping them stored in php pages?

Thanks in advance for advise.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

we don't have a tutorial for implementing unique salt strings.

it could be dome by setting a session on the registration page to set the salt string, add a column to the users table to store the salt string and use the session in the webassist/security_assist/wa_securitykey.php file.

in the login page and other pages that use the password, you would need to have a recordset that used the email address to lookup the salt string and reset the salt session variable

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sysop349733

Thanks, Jason. That makes sense. I'll give that a try.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

you're welcome.

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