Common Password Cracking Misconceptions
Authors: Robert David Graham

Date: July 2013
Publication: Passwords13 Las Vegas
Source: Currently no known Internet copy of paper.

Abstract or Summary:
Rainbow tables do not magically make passwords easier to crack. This is a common misconception. While rainbow tables are useful in some narrow cases, they don't apply to most password cracking. They are nearly useless for things like cracking mass password dumps, even when the passwords are unsalted. Whenever somebody mentions "rainbow tables", they are almost certainly repeating this common misconception. This talk will discuss this and other common misconceptions about passwords, with lots of visual aids to help make the points. Note: Video of presentation:

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