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

From: Josh Kupershmidt <schmiddy(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: "ROMAIN, ERICKA W CTR DISA PEO-MA" <ericka(dot)romain(dot)ctr(at)disa(dot)mil>
Cc: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: How To Change Password Hash Algorithm From MD5 to SHA-256
Date: 2012-06-08 19:06:23
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On Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 8:12 AM, ROMAIN, ERICKA W CTR DISA PEO-MA
<ericka(dot)romain(dot)ctr(at)disa(dot)mil> wrote:
> 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?

Well, the function you created has nothing to do with how Postgres
handles password authentication. A whole bunch of places in the code
are hardcoded to assume that password hashing and authentication are
done with MD5, and you'd have to change them all to support SHA-256
password hashing instead. Also, all clients connecting to your server
would have to be using your modified version of libpq to authenticate
to your modified server.


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