Reply to post: why have ANY upper limit?

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John Miles

why have ANY upper limit?

Because if you don't then you will likely be opening yourself up for DoS attacks where someone pushes a few million characters into password field and because password hashing is designed to be slow it will take a lot of resources on the sever if your get a lot of connections passing in very long password.

However it should be possible to find a sensible limit above 20 characters (bcrypt I believe only handles 72 bytes for hashing)

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