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How To Change Password Hash Algorithm From MD5 to SHA-256

From: "ROMAIN, ERICKA W CTR DISA PEO-MA" <ericka(dot)romain(dot)ctr(at)disa(dot)mil>
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Subject: How To Change Password Hash Algorithm From MD5 to SHA-256
Date: 2012-06-07 15:12:38
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I am trying to get Postgres to use SHA as the password hash algorithm instead of MD5. This is a security requirement. I am running PostgreSQL 8.4 on a Red Hat Linux platform. I have installed pgcrypto and ran pgcrypto.sql. I also created a function SHA-256. The function looks like:

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION sha256(bytea) returns text AS $$
      SELECT encode(digest($1, 'sha256'), 'hex')

I then created a new user. Then I queried pg_shadow and the encrypted password still has md5 at the beginning of the hash. How do I get postgres to use SHA-256?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ericka Romain


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