Asked  6 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   263 times

I was just going through one of DavidHayden's articles on Hashing User Passwords.

Really I can't get what he is trying to achieve.

Here is his code:

private static string CreateSalt(int size)
    //Generate a cryptographic random number.
    RNGCryptoServiceProvider rng = new RNGCryptoServiceProvider();
    byte[] buff = new byte[size];

    // Return a Base64 string representation of the random number.
    return Convert.ToBase64String(buff);

private static string CreatePasswordHash(string pwd, string salt)
    string saltAndPwd = String.Concat(pwd, salt);
    string hashedPwd =
        saltAndPwd, "sha1");
    return hashedPwd;

Is there any other C# method for hashing passwords and adding salt to it?



Actually this is kind of strange, with the string conversions - which the membership provider does to put them into config files. Hashes and salts are binary blobs, you don't need to convert them to strings unless you want to put them into text files.

In my book, Beginning ASP.NET Security, (oh finally, an excuse to pimp the book) I do the following

static byte[] GenerateSaltedHash(byte[] plainText, byte[] salt)
  HashAlgorithm algorithm = new SHA256Managed();

  byte[] plainTextWithSaltBytes = 
    new byte[plainText.Length + salt.Length];

  for (int i = 0; i < plainText.Length; i++)
    plainTextWithSaltBytes[i] = plainText[i];
  for (int i = 0; i < salt.Length; i++)
    plainTextWithSaltBytes[plainText.Length + i] = salt[i];

  return algorithm.ComputeHash(plainTextWithSaltBytes);            

The salt generation is as the example in the question. You can convert text to byte arrays using Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(string). If you must convert a hash to its string representation you can use Convert.ToBase64String and Convert.FromBase64String to convert it back.

You should note that you cannot use the equality operator on byte arrays, it checks references and so you should simply loop through both arrays checking each byte thus

public static bool CompareByteArrays(byte[] array1, byte[] array2)
  if (array1.Length != array2.Length)
    return false;

  for (int i = 0; i < array1.Length; i++)
    if (array1[i] != array2[i])
      return false;

  return true;

Always use a new salt per password. Salts do not have to be kept secret and can be stored alongside the hash itself.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 6 Months ago

EDIT: This answer is wrong. A single iteration of SHA512 is fast, which makes it inappropriate for use as a password hashing function. Use one of the other answers here instead.

Looks fine by me. However, I'm pretty sure you don't actually need base64. You could just do this:

import hashlib, uuid
salt = uuid.uuid4().hex
hashed_password = hashlib.sha512(password + salt).hexdigest()

If it doesn't create difficulties, you can get slightly more efficient storage in your database by storing the salt and hashed password as raw bytes rather than hex strings. To do so, replace hex with bytes and hexdigest with digest.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
answered 6 Months ago

PHP's crypt function will pack all attributes into a 60 character string (for BCrypt).

 |  |  |                     |
 |  |  |                     hash-value = K0kSxUFXfuaOKdOKf9xYT0KKIGSJwFa
 |  |  |
 |  |  salt = nOUIs5kJ7naTuTFkBy1veu (22 characters)
 |  |
 |  cost-factor = 10 = 2^10 iterations
 hash-algorithm = 2y = BCrypt

Now when you pass the stored hash to the function as the second parameter for verification, the cost factor and the salt will be extracted from this string, and will be reused to calculate the new hash. This hash will be comparable, because the same parameters where used.

The PHP functions password_hash() and password_verify() are just wrappers around the crypt function, and will handle the crucial parts like generating a safe salt.

Friday, July 30, 2021
answered 4 Months ago

Programmatic-ally you would do it as follows:

In your application-context.xml (defined in web.xml under contextConfigLocation) file define the bean (this example uses md5).

<bean class="" id="passwordEncoder" />

Then Autowire the password encoder:

PasswordEncoder passwordEncoder;

In your method or wherever you want to hash and salt.

passwordEncoder.encodePassword("MyPasswordAsString", "mySaltAsStringOrObject");

The above call should return a salted hash (as a String).

That should do it. I'm assuming you can figure out the jar's you'll need.


It should go without saying that using MD5 is not the best idea. Ideally you should use SHA-256 at least. This can be done with the ShaPasswordEncoder.

Replace the MD5 bean config above with:

<bean id="passwordEncoder" class="">
     <constructor-arg value="256"/>
Sunday, August 8, 2021
answered 4 Months ago

Instead of using SHA family methods, you can use the crypt() function to salt it for you.

Here is an example script (save and login) using PDO.

Save password in DB

// Set the password
$password = 'mypassword';

// Get the hash, letting the salt be automatically generated
$hash = crypt($password);

echo $hash; // for testing purposes only

$mysql_username = 'username'; // for DB
$mysql_password = 'password'; // for DB

$dbh = new PDO('mysql:host=localhost;dbname=database_name', $mysql_username, $mysql_password);

$stmt = $dbh->prepare("INSERT INTO table_name (name,pass) VALUES (:name,:pass)");
$stmt->bindParam(':name', $name);
$stmt->bindParam(':pass', $pass);

// insert rows
// $name = $_POST['name'];
// $name = $_POST['pass'];

$name = "username";
$pass = $hash;

Login script

$mysql_username = 'username'; // for DB
$mysql_password = 'password'; // for DB

$dbh = new PDO('mysql:host=localhost;dbname=database_name', $mysql_username, $mysql_password);

$username = $_POST['username'];
$password = $_POST['password'];

$username = "username";
$password = "mypassword";

$sql = "SELECT * FROM table_name WHERE name=:username";
$statement = $dbh->prepare($sql);

    if($statement->rowCount() == 1)
        $row = $statement->fetch(PDO::FETCH_ASSOC);

 if (crypt($password, $row['pass']) === $row['pass'])

            $username = $row['name'];
            $email = $row['email'];

echo "Stage 1";

echo "<hr noshade size="1">";

echo "Hello " .$username;

            // include "error_login.php";

echo "Stage 2 - ERROR";

       // include "error_login.php";

echo "Stage 3 error";
Sunday, August 15, 2021
answered 4 Months ago
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