OWASP Passfault

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OWASP Passfault evaluates the strength of passwords accurately enough to predict the time to crack. It makes creating passwords and password policies significantly more intuitive and simple. Passwords don't have to be annoying!

Introduction

OWASP Passfault is more ...

Accurate : Measures the size of password patterns and identifies more weak passwords, yet allows strong passwords that don't match traditional password policies
Informative : Provides detailed analysis of the password and sub patterns within the password, so users quickly learn how to make strong passwords without training.
Simple : Presents the password strength as the "time to crack" to help communicate the risk of poor paswords, providing the incentive to create stronger passwords.
Powerful : Empowers administrators to know and control the strength and risk of the organization's passwords.

Description

When setting a password, OWASP Passfault examines the password, looking for common patterns. It than measures the size of the patterns and combinations of patterns. The end result is a more academic and accurate measurement of password strength.

When setting a password policy, OWASP Passfault simplifies configuration to one simple meaningful measurement: the number of passwords found in the password patterns. This measurement is made more intuitive and meaningful with an estimated time to crack.

Licensing

OWASP Passfault is free to use. It is licensed under the Apache License version 2.0 .

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General Framework for Evaluating Password Complexity and Strength Cornell University Library "...This is something that has not been captured by any previous password strength or complexity measures, with the exception of [OWASP] Passfault"

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downloads

Demo Page

demo site

Project Leader

Cam Morris

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Ohloh

https://www.ohloh.net/p/passfault

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What is Passfault?

OWASP Passfault provides:

OWASP Passfault provides:

    • Password Strength Evaluation
    • Password Strength Evaluation
    • Password Policy Replacement
    • Password Policy Replacement

Presentation

Presentation

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Articles

Articles

Your Passwords don't Suck, its your Policies ZDNet

Your Passwords don't Suck, its your Policies ZDNet

Redefining Password Strength and Creation MidsizeInsider, IBM

Redefining Password Strength and Creation MidsizeInsider, IBM

How long would it take to crack your password Naked Security, Sophos

How long would it take to crack your password Naked Security, Sophos

Research

Research

Passfault: an Open Source Tool for Measuring Password Complexity and Strength

Passfault: an Open Source Tool for Measuring Password Complexity and Strength

General Framework for Evaluating Password Complexity and Strength Cornell University Library "...This is something that has not been captured by any previous password strength or complexity measures, with the exception of [OWASP] Passfault"

FAQs

Demo Site

  • Does the Demo Site capture or log passwords? No, of course not
  • GETs are blocked so no urls will have accidental passwords stored in the logs
  • passwords are read directly from the input stream to prevent parsing into Java Strings
  • the memory is cleared as soon as analysis is complete.
  • HTTPS is required on this URL (using the appspot domain)

To be extra cautious, download the code and execute it locally. (See the readme) https://github.com/c-a-m/passfault/blob/master/README.txt

  • Why do you need to pass the password over the wire?! Isn’t that insecure? Others do it in javascript-client why don’t you? Passfault’s mission is to replace password policies, not just be a cute strength meter. It was intended to be used by the sites that already take and use your passwords. With that use-case, adding Passfault doesn’t lessen security in any way. Plus it has the added benefit that we can store LOTS of password lists and do some in-depth analysis that can’t be done client-side.
  • Does 2FA (two-factor authentication) make Passfault obsolete? No, not if one of the factors is password authentication. 2FA lessens the risk of passwords, but if you no longer care about password security then you shouldn’t use passwords for authentication at all. If you still use passwords, you should have an effective password policy.
  • Some argue that password policies make passwords less secure, does that apply to Passfault? Researchers have found that, of all techniques used by password policies, only the required length had an effect on the overall strength, and even that claim is dubious. Passfault works different and we claim we can do better, a lot better, than any traditional password policy.
  • How does Passfault compare to zxcvbn? Passfault is very similar to zxcvbn in it’s approach to password analysis. In fact it is the only comparable tool that we know of, and the only alternative we endorse. zxcvbn presents the strength in units of “entropy”, this measurement could be derived from passfault’s “pattern size”, however we feel that the “time-to-crack” help convey to the end user it’s real risk (the downside to this is that really large numbers don’t mean much to users, 10 years, or 10 million years, still feels like a long way away. Entropy is logarithmic so it shows this better. However entropy units are not intuitive to users.). We also search for a few more patterns that we think are valuable.
  • Why java - I hate java. If it were only in language x I’d use it. Passfault is packaged up in docker as a microservice. You’d probably want to run passfault as a microservice anyway, so forget that it’s java and just run with it. That said, we welcome any ports to typescript or any other language.

Discuss with us more on twitter 1 or join the email list: 2

Acknowledgements

Volunteers

OWASP Passfault is developed by a worldwide team of volunteers. The primary contributors to date have been:

  • Cam Morris
  • Bernardo Araujo Rodrigues
  • Ray Stone
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology students contributed to release 0.8 (Highlander):
    • Michael Glassman
    • Georgina Matias
    • Scott Sands
    • Brandon Lyew
    • Kevin Sealy
    • Llina Ljoljevski
  • University of Florida Students contibuted to release 0.7 (Gator):
    • Neeti Pathak
    • Carlos Vasquez
    • Chelsea Metcalf
    • Yang Ou

Others

  • Partnet Inc. has donated paid labor on OWASP Passfault
  • JetBrains has donated professional licenses for IntelliJ IDEA. If you are developing on OWASP Passfault contact the project leader and be sure to get a license!

Getting Involved

Roadmap

Project About

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