RE: Password Hiding

From: Dimitris Petropoulos (
Date: 07/30/03

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    I can see two options regarding this:

    1. Hardcode the password in the application source code. This makes it slightly more difficult to find (assuming one makes the effort to hide it a bit better rather than having a single string with the password that can be found with any hex editor) but each time you need to change the password you'd need to change the source code.
    2. Save the password in a configuration file and let the application pick it up from there. The permissions on the configuration file should be such that only the application can access it. Needless to say this scheme does not prevent administrators, etc. from accessing the password and also assumes good physical security for the box the application is deployed on.

    Best regards,

    Dimitrios Petropoulos
    MSc InfoSec, CISSP

    Director, Security Research & Development
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    151 25 Marousi
    Athens, Greece
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    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: pablo gietz []
    > Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 9:14 PM
    > To: secprog
    > Subject: Password Hiding
    > Hi all
    > This is my first post,
    > What can I do to hide a password that is used to
    > encrypt-decrypt a config.file? . Where to save the password?.
    > The program must run without user intervention and use this
    > password to access that file.
    > Language: Delphi
    > Platform: windows
    > Thanks
    > --
    > Pablo A. C. Gietz
    > Jefe de Seguridad Informática
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