[Chugalug] Why you don't store passwords, explained

William Roush william.roush at roushtech.net
Wed Nov 6 00:17:58 UTC 2013

Pfft, you're lucky they're not in plain-text.

William Roush
william.roush at roushtech.net


On 11/5/2013 5:56 PM, Dave Brockman wrote:
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> On 11/5/2013 5:24 PM, Stephen Kraus wrote:
>> Um, correct me if I'm wrong, but a back end for a licensing server
>> for your products should have the usernames and passwords
>> associated with the keys stored....how else would you associate an
>> account with its users data?
> OK, you are wrong.  There is no need to store anything but a hash
> value, salted preferred.  There is absolutely zero reason for the
> licensing server to know my password.  You associate with the serial
> number of the product, tied to an email address, authenticated by the
> user by comparing the hash.  At no point does the password need to be
> stored on the back-end server.
>> And correct me if I'm wrong but if I (Sagan forbid) lose the
>> password associated with a very expensive product key, there had
>> better be a recovery route.
> Again, very easily accomplished.  That's the reason why your password
> can be "reset", but you can't be told what the current value is.
> Regards,
> dtb
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