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Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:46:31 -0400
From: Bill Cox <waywardgeek@...hershed.org>
To: discussions@...sword-hashing.net
Subject: Re: [PHC] A review per day - PolyPassHash

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On 09/01/2014 04:25 PM, Bill Cox wrote:
> PolyPassHash is a very cool idea.  To authenticate any password,
> you have to prove you know at least N correct user/password
> combinations. Once you've done this, you can authenticate passwords
> as they come in.
> 
> This falls into the "other" category.  It might be a useful
> bolt-on for an authentication server along with a decent password
> hashing scheme.  I am really glad the author submitted it so we
> could all enjoy reading about the algorithm.
> 
> However, I feel it is far enough removed from being a password
> hashing scheme that it doesn't belong among the eventual "winners".
> If we can give it an honorable mention, that would be fine :-)
> 
> Since this is the place where I list my gripes, I will mention that
> I had to do a lot more debugging work to get PolyPassHash working
> than the others.  However, it's no big deal.
> 
> I think that's all I really have to say about PolyPassHash, other
> than to thank the author for the cool paper.  Thanks!
> 
> Bill
> 

Just in case anyone was thinking I passed on the review of
PolyPassHash because I thought reviewing it would be distasteful or
anything, that's not it at all.  I just don't know how exactly to
evaluate it.  It's too different.  For example, it likes to return the
same hash regardless of password, IIRC, but it's not a bug!  Something
about initializing the database of password hashes... I forget, and I
would like to keep it that way!  I consider it one of these
proof-of-concept things, rather than production ready code that needs
big geeks to tear it apart looking for bugs and weaknesses.  However,
if they get to the point of where they need big geeks to tear apart
their code, I'll be glad to help :-)

Bill
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