On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 12:10 AM, Aleksander Alekseev
<a.aleks...@postgrespro.ru> wrote:
>> The SCRAM salt length is currently set as
>> /* length of salt when generating new verifiers */
>> #define SCRAM_DEFAULT_SALT_LEN     12
>> without further comment.
>> I suspect that this length was chosen based on the example in RFC 5802
>> (SCRAM-SHA-1) section 5.  But the analogous example in RFC 7677
>> (SCRAM-SHA-256) section 3 uses a length of 16.  Should we use that instead?

In the initial discussions there was as well a mention about using 16 bytes.
As we are using SCRAM-SHA-256, let's bump it up and be consistent.
That's now or never.

> Maybe this length was chosen just because it becomes a 16-characters
> string after base64encode. If I understand correctly RFC 5802 and RFC
> 7677 don't say much about the required or recommended length of the
> salt.

Yep, it doesn't provide any recommendation.

> I personally believe that 2^96 of possible salts is consistent with both
> RFCs and should be enough in practice.

(12 bytes * 8) = 96, so you would favor 12 as length.

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