On 28 Feb 2014, at 02:14, Allan Jude <free...@allanjude.com> wrote:

> With r262501
> (http://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=262501) importing
> the upgraded bcrypt from OpenBSD and eventually changing the default
> identifier for bcrypt to $2b$ it reminded me of a feature that is often
> seen in Forum software and other web apps.
> …
> This would make it much easier to transition a very large userbase from
> md5crypt to bcrypt or sha512crypt, rather than expiring the passwords or
> something.

The sleeping accounts won’t be upgraded, so be left at the ‘insecure’ 
algorithm. I do see the point of automatic updating of password hashes for a 
newer algorithm, but ‘not needing expiry’ isn’t the right argument. It is 
actually an argument opposing your change!

What you probably meant was: don’t hassle users with the change in algorithm, 
possibly only the users that haven’t ever logged in after 6 months.


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