Entropy in ascii-armored output?
Mark H. Wood
mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Mon Aug 1 16:00:14 CEST 2005
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On Fri, 29 Jul 2005, Chris De Young wrote:
> Some people have started to suggest that actually writing down passwords, if
> they're kept in a secure place, might not be a bad idea; the rationale is that
> passwords which can be considered "good" are reaching the point of being
I find many FIPS-181 "words" to be significantly more memorable than
unconstrained strings of random printables and they should be reasonably
strong if they're not too short. VMS' SET PASSWORD/GENERATE command
supposedly uses this method and has been in the field for many years.
If you need a really long secret you could always make up a "sentence" of
shorter FIPS-181 "words". It might be easier to remember than one long
Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer mwood at IUPUI.Edu
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