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Encryption technique in AD?

By Dewberry ·
Hi there,

What encryption technique is used for the stored password hashes in Active Directory?

Is there in any way possible to support SHA2 for the hashes?

Best regards,
John

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I think perhaps you answered your own question

by robo_dev In reply to Encryption technique in A ...

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Hashing is not encryption, so the passwords in Active Directory do not use an encryption method, because they are not encrypted.

Windows systems prior to Vista/2008 generate both a proprietary 'LAN Manager Hash' (LM Hash) and Windows hash (NT Hash) of passwords that are stored in the SAM.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LM_hash

Current Windows operating systems use the stronger NTLMv2 or Kerberos hashing methods, but the legacy LM/NT hash can be enabled for compatibility, if needed.

You cannot change to SHA2, as that would not be compatible with any Windows OS as a client.

From a security standpoint, SHA2 is better than LM/NT hash, but NTLMv2 is in the same ballpark.

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