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  • “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” Ernest Hemmingway
  • “Judge each day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” Gandhi
  • “Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.” Blaise Pascal
  • “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Ayn Rand
  • “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” John D. Rockefeller
  • “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom.” William Penn
  • “There is a great satisfaction in building good tools for other people to use.” Freeman Dyson
  • “You don't know what you can learn until you try to learn.” Ronald Coase
  • “Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” Mark Twain
  • “Create more value than you capture.” Tim O'Reilly

Cisco Switches to Weaker Hashing Scheme

“Cisco switches to weaker hashing scheme, passwords cracked wide open.”

In this day and age, for a company with such technical and financial resources such as Cisco Systems to “dumb down” their password hashing methods is inexcusable and irresponsible. As noted elsewhere here, other large companies (like LinkedIn) have employed poor password management practices and they and their users have paid for it.

It turns out that Cisco’s new method for converting passwords into one-way hashes uses a single iteration of the SHA256 function with no cryptographic salt.

Read about Cisco’s poor choice here on Ars Technica. I expect there’ll be a fix in an update, but sheesh. end of article icon

Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Everything Else


1. Posted by ObjectMethodology.com on April 11, 2013

Seems odd to me. Maybe their was a hidden reason for such an endeavor.

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