Opened 14 years ago

Closed 13 years ago

#13969 closed Cleanup/optimization (fixed)

auth module should use longer salt for hashing

Reported by: Craig Younkins Owned by: nobody
Component: contrib.auth Version: 1.2
Severity: Normal Keywords: security
Cc: Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: yes Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: yes
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


As noted here - - the current auth module uses 5 hexadecimal characters as a salt. This is equivalent to 20 bits (log base 2 of 165). See

PKCS5 v2.1 draft ( recommends that a salt of at least 64 bits be used. This will strengthen the password scheme by increasing the time needed for dictionary attacks.

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better_salting.diff (1.5 KB ) - added by Craig Younkins 14 years ago.

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Change History (8)

comment:1 by Craig Younkins, 14 years ago

comment:3 by Craig Younkins, 14 years ago

Has patch: set

Added patch that adds better salt generation with 12 random characters from a-z, A-Z, 0-9, equivalent to 71-bits of entropy.

It tries to use random.SystemRandom as the entropy pool, falling back to random if SystemRandom raises NotImplementedError, which will occur on operating systems without /dev/urandom or CryptGenRandom on Windows.

I ran the 1700 Django unit tests but did not test it in an application. Adding a regression test is not possible.

Craig Younkins

by Craig Younkins, 14 years ago

Attachment: better_salting.diff added

comment:4 by Gabriel Hurley, 14 years ago

Patch needs improvement: set
Triage Stage: UnreviewedAccepted

This is a valid concern, and the code works for me, however I'm not a security expert so it could use another set of eyes.

It's a minor concern, but the example salt in the documentation probably ought to be updated as well, lest people think we're still only using a five-character salt:

comment:5 by Gabriel Hurley, 13 years ago

Component: Contrib appscontrib.auth

comment:6 by Graham King, 13 years ago

Severity: Normal
Type: Cleanup/optimization

comment:7 by Jannis Leidel, 13 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

In [16453]:

Fixed #13969 -- Extended length of salt used when setting the password. Thanks to cyounkins for the initial patch.

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