PSN Security Update | Password Not Stored in Clear Text

There was another update from Sony today. This one talked about how passwords where not stored in clear text which is a relief. They used a method called “Cryptographic hash function” which is a way to encode the password. They didn’t go into detail on which Algorithm they used though.

While the passwords that were stored were not “encrypted,” they were transformed using a cryptographic hash function. There is a difference between these two types of security measures which is why we said the passwords had not been encrypted. But I want to be very clear that the passwords were not stored in our database in cleartext form. For a description of the difference between encryption and hashing, follow this link.

Regardless, if you have used that password in other places be sure to change it just in case.

Via PlayStation.Blog

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  1. #1 by Jcmdaddy on May 2nd, 2011 [ 114567 Points ]

    Interesting. Glad I have so many password variants XD

  2. #2 by Oly on May 2nd, 2011 [ 132605 Points ]

    Yes, definitely good..

  3. #3 by Jason on May 2nd, 2011 [ 28406 Points ]

    its good but chances are if they hacked sony they can figure out the encoded passwords lol Good none the less.

  4. #4 by Jay on May 2nd, 2011 [ 83116 Points ]

    even if they can decode the password, we still have to create new ones on the next update anyway

  5. #5 by Markus on May 2nd, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    Good stuff

  6. #6 by EdEN on May 3rd, 2011 [ 221706 Points ]

    @Jay And the update is supposed to hit today so we shall get to it ASAP.

  7. #7 by Pedro on May 3rd, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    What’s hashing? Just wondering…

    Not too important as everyone said, since password change is mandatory right now. (However, I hope we don’t need to input our old passwords, because I really don’t)

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