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Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:48:49 +0100 (CET)
From: Stefan.Lucks@...-weimar.de
To: discussions@...sword-hashing.net
Subject: Re: [PHC] How important is salting really?

On Fri, 12 Dec 2014, Ben Harris wrote:

> On 12 December 2014 at 17:53, epixoip <epixoip@...dshell.nl> wrote:
>       Thus the salt table shrinks with each successful
>       crack, and the effective speed of the attack increases with each
>       eliminated salt.
> 
> 
> A rather confusing way to describe things. If we are attacking all password
> hashes, one password at a time (from the most common down). Then each time we
> find a match, the pool of hashes decreases and subsequent passwords can be
> search faster.

Ah, now I see what epixoip means. I don't think, this comes even close to 
a justification for *not* using salts.

> At the moment an attacker can calculate somewhere between 10^10 - 10^15
> SHA256 per dollar in electricity. They can scan a list of 1 million common
> passwords for about a thousandth of a cent. If this cost were much higher (>>
> $1), then the economics of the attacks would change.
> 
> If there was no salt, then the cost would be drastically lower and the
> attacker could start the attack before getting the hashed passwords.

Yes, that was the point I was trying to make.

So long

Stefan

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