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Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 00:10:29 +0200
From: Maarten Bodewes <>
Subject: Re: [PHC] Verbify "password hash"

Hi Scott,

"Perform password hashing" (yes, that's sidestepping the issue), or
otherwise "perform password based key derivation" (PBKDF2 is password based
key derivation function #2, and PBKDF can be thought of as a generic name
for a function performing password hashing).

I don't like key stretching.

   - First of all, a Key Based KDF such as HKDF can also perform key
   - Second, key stretching is a function that's part of the password
   hashing - it's not identical to it. HKDF for instance consists of two
   parts: HKDF-Extract and HKDF-Expand. The key stretching would be (part of)
   - And finally, most people would not put a connection between key
   stretching and password hashing.

"Phash" is probably the best shorthand. But I'm not sure that there is a
need for one, nor that it will get any traction.


2016-05-22 23:48 GMT+02:00 Scott Arciszewski <>:

> On Sun, May 22, 2016 at 5:27 PM, Krisztián Pintér <>
> wrote:
> >
> > Scott Arciszewski (at Sunday, May 22, 2016, 11:17:28 PM):
> >>       * Password hash functions
> >>         * ?????
> >
> >>     Don't encrypt passwords. Don't hash passwords. Instead, ______
> passwords.
> >
> >
> > i think this came up earlier. my take: stretch. pbkdf is also good,
> > but long, and not accurate, as we don't always derive a key, we might
> > derive a verifier.
> >
> I like "stretch" as well. Especially since the phrase "key stretching"
> is already used in this context, i.e.
> Scott Arciszewski
> Chief Development Officer
> Paragon Initiative Enterprises <>

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