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Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:25:22 -0800
From: "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
To: <>
Subject: RE: [PHC] How important is salting really?

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From: epixoip [] 
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 13:10
Subject: Re: [PHC] How important is salting really?

[ ... ]

It's not just about indexing by salt, though. You still have to maintain
a list of salts to hash each plaintext candidate with, and remove salts
from said list when a salt is eliminated. Regardless of how you do it,
it is the number of salts, not the number of hashes, that slows down a
cracking job. Unless you are working with very large lists on AMD GPUs,
but that's a whole nother can of worms.

   I believe there is no need for the defender to maintain an index of 
   used salts (although they are stored with the hash values somewhere).  
   One can use a counter or any other systematically-unique segment,
   Combined with a random portion, whenever a new salt is generated.
   One can then focus on the mechanism by which the systematic portion
   is prevented from ever producing a duplicate and also never running
   out for some foreseeable lifetime. 

   In this way, the adversary has to deal with each salt||hash combo as
   unique, with no opportunity to exploit duplications.

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