Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2013 19:57:52 -0400 From: Rich Felker <dalias@...ifal.cx> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Source of bad password hashing practices? MySQL manual... It's come to my attention recently that the MySQL reference manual is recommending very poor password hashing practices as part of its security guidelines: "Do not store cleartext passwords in your database. If your computer becomes compromised, the intruder can take the full list of passwords and use them. Instead, use SHA2(), SHA1(), MD5(), or some other one-way hashing function and store the hash value." (http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/security-guidelines.html) With MySQL being one of the major traditional "LAMP stack" components, I wonder if this is the source from which many web developers are getting their ideas on how to do password hashing. What is the proper procedure for publicizing documentation bugs like this which are leading to poor security practice, and for getting them fixed? Rich
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