How MembershipReboot stores passwords properly

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I’m not going to go into all of the motivation behind proper password hashing — Troy’s done an excellent job of it and he has said it all better than I ever could have. The short version is that we assume that an attacker will eventually compromise the database and that we need to store passwords in a way to make it very hard for attackers to then extract the stored passwords. This leads to the modern approach to storing passwords which is done with a “password stretching” algorithm where you salt and hash in a loop for tens of thousands of iterations. The general consensus is that it should take about one second to compute a password hash. The number of iterations to arrive at one second is hardware dependent. One issue is that hardware gets better over time, so the number of iterations should adjust to…

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