05 December 2012

Monster Devours Passwords!

I'm extremely impressed with the news that I read today: New 25 GPU Monster Devours Passwords In Seconds.

Wow.  This really is a monster machine, which pulls together quite a few interesting pieces of technology.  Very impressive work!

The things that I take away from this are as follows:

  1. In any new system that I design, I will definitely use a password hashing algorithm that is stronger than bcrypt with five rounds.  I'm still pretty enamored with bcrypt for obvious reasons.
  2. Technologies that get us beyond straightforward password schemes are going to be more and more important in the future:  two-factor authentication, etc.
  3. Passwords have the stink of death about them.

Very impressive work epixoip!

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