Paragon Initiative Enterprises Blog

The latest information from the team that develops cryptographically secure PHP software.

How to Safely Store Your Users' Passwords in 2016

Salted Password Hashing with Argon2, Scrypt, Bcrypt, and PBKDF2


On The Design and Implementation of a Stealth Backdoor for Web Applications

Or: How I won the password hashing category for the Underhanded Crypto Contest at DEFCON 23.


Let's Re-Think Security Trade-Offs

There are three forms of dishonesty: Lies, damned lies, and security trade-offs.


Choosing the Right Cryptography Library for your PHP Project: A Guide

If you're wondering which cryptography library you should use in your project, this should help make the decision easier.


Preventing Timing Attacks on String Comparison with a Double HMAC Strategy

Preventing side-channel attacks (i.e. timing attacks on MAC validation) and dangerous compiler optimizations with a blinded comparison.


How to Securely Allow Users to Upload Files

The theory and practice of securing file upload form handlers. Our examples are in PHP, but many of the filesystem security concepts here are language agnostic.


Coming to WordPress 4.4: CSPRNG

In version 4.4 and on, WordPress's random number generator function (wp_rand) will now be cryptographically secure.


Building Secure Web Applications in PHP

Don't just fix security vulnerabilities, prevent the habits that cause them in the first place.


The Comprehensive Guide to URL Parameter Encryption in PHP

If you ever wondered the best way to encrypt a username or row ID for an obfuscated URL in PHP, this is the article for you.


How to Safely Implement Cryptography Features in Any Application

No matter what language you're developing in, there's really only one cryptography library that shines above the rest.


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