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Re: Password scoring application wanted

On Thu, Apr 21, 2005 at 10:21:02AM -0700, Keith Lofstrom wrote:
> Are there any off-line applications that score candidate passwords
> - say by comparing to a dictionary, performing entropy estimates,
> etc?  A numeric score would be better than an "accepted or rejected"
> test.
> Users should not be expected to invent new passwords on the spot, and
> an application that they can run locally from CLI or GUI which scores
> their attempts would help generate robust passwords.  Extra points if
> the app. can be configured for the common types of password restrictions
> (i.e., punctuation chars forbidden vs. punctuation chars mandatory),
> or can coach users into generating (and remembering!) strong passwords.
> But I'll take what I can get.  The current practice of demanding and
> testing passwords for immediate need is insecure and inhumane, and
> "yes/no" acceptability testing is fascist and uninformative.  There
> must be a better way.
> Keith

have you tried pwgen?  It's not exactly what you are asking for, but it's
designed to create secure password that are still easy to memorize.

Gunnar vS Kramm
San Francisco, CA

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