Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2008 16:46:31 +0300 From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com> To: john-users@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: salt and passkey different ? websiteaccess - you have obviously posted this without much thought - you even failed to formulate your one-line question correctly, let alone do a Google search on "passkey" to find out that it's not a generic term. Please show more respect for other people's time next time you post. Anyway, I'll address your question now that it is on the list: On Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 04:41:59PM +0100, websiteaccess wrote: > Is "salt" and "passkey" are same name for the same thing ? No, in general they are not the same thing. "salt" is a generic and widely-recognized term in cryptography. You probably know what it means (roughly), but those who don't may refer to my older posting on what salts are: http://www.openwall.com/lists/john-users/2005/12/18/1 and to other material referenced from that post, as well as to the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_%28cryptography%29 "passkey" is not a generic term, so it is meaningless outside of a context. You may find it used when describing specific applications, and it has entirely different meanings in different contexts. In fact, I was not able to quickly find a context where "passkey" would be synonymous to "salt". -- Alexander Peslyak <solar at openwall.com> GPG key ID: 5B341F15 fp: B3FB 63F4 D7A3 BCCC 6F6E FC55 A2FC 027C 5B34 1F15 http://www.openwall.com - bringing security into open computing environments -- To unsubscribe, e-mail john-users-unsubscribe@...ts.openwall.com and reply to the automated confirmation request that will be sent to you.
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