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Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:15:06 -0700
From: Taylor Hornby <>
Subject: Re: [PHC] How important is salting really?

On 12/11/2014 05:58 PM, Bitweasil . wrote:
> A factor of N slowdown in cracking, where N is the number of unique salts
> in the uncracked list of hashes.

> On Dec 11, 2014 4:57 PM, "Marsh Ray" <> wrote:
>> (If this chance is small, then what do we gain by salting?)

Another reason is that without a salt, the attacker can pre-compute
lookup tables before they get access to the hashes. In terms of
organized crime that means there'll be large-scale cracking services
that can invest in creating MASSIVE rainbow tables and make a profit
selling access to them. With salt, that entire effort has to be re-done
for each breach (and hash within a breach).

Taylor Hornby

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