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Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:06:13 -0700
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Subject: RE: [PHC] Why protect against side channel attacks

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Krisztián Pintér []
> Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2015 06:59
> To:
> Subject: Re: [PHC] Why protect against side channel attacks
> On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 3:17 PM, Ben Harris <> wrote:
> > But no, the salt is better considered as "sensitive" and treated in the same
> > respect as the password hash.
> secret salt disables server relief

This isn't necessarily true (or at least doesn't have to be true.) Salt with the username for the client-side hashing, then hash with a "traditional" salt on the server-side before storing the final hash in the password database. This is precisely what LastPass does.

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