Evaluating the Accuracy of Password Strength Meters using Off-The-Shelf Guessing Attacks

Abstract

In this paper we measure the accuracy of password strength meters (PSMs) using password guessing resistance against off-the-shelf guessing attacks. We consider 13 PSMs, 5 different attack tools, and a random selection of 60,000 passwords extracted from three different datasets of real-world password leaks. Our results show that a significant percentage of passwords classified as strong were cracked, thus suggesting that current password strength estimation methods can be improved.

Publication
In the 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering Workshops (ISSREW) – 5th International Workshop on Reliability and Security Data Analysis (RSDA)
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Alexandra Mendes
Assistant Professor

My research focuses on innovative user interfaces for formal methods and mathematical approaches to software quality. I am also interested on innovative and fun ways to teach Computer Science. For more details, see selected publications and some of my projects. Follow me on Twitter or add me on LinkedIn.