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Securely store passwords with bcrypt-ruby; now compatible with JRuby and Ruby 1.9 – Phusion Corporate Blog

When writing web applications, or any application for that manner, any passwords should be stored securely. As a rule of thumb, one should never store passwords as clear text in the database for the following reasons: If the database ever gets leaked out, then all accounts are compromised until every single user resets his password. Imagine that you’re an MMORPG developer; leaking out the database with clear text passwords allows the attacker to delete every player’s characters. Many people use the same password for multiple sites. Imagine that the password stored in your database is also used for the user’s online banking account. Even if the database does not get leaked out, the password is still visible to the system administrator; this can be a privacy breach. There are several “obvious” alternatives, which aren’t quite secure enough: Storing passwords as MD5/SHA1/$FAV...

Full article: http://blog.phusion.nl/2009/08/13/securely-store-password...

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