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CWE - 257 : Storing Passwords in a Recoverable Format

CWE Definition http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/257.html
Number of vulnerabilities: 0
Description The storage of passwords in a recoverable format makes them subject to password reuse attacks by malicious users. If a system administrator can recover a password directly, or use a brute force search on the available information, the administrator can use the password on other accounts.
Background Details
Other Notes The use of recoverable passwords significantly increases the chance that passwords will be used maliciously. In fact, it should be noted that recoverable encrypted passwords provide no significant benefit over plain-text passwords since they are subject not only to reuse by malicious attackers but also by malicious insiders.

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