crypt will return a hashed string using the standard Unix DES-based algorithm or alternative algorithms. password_verify is compatible with crypt. Therefore, password hashes created by crypt can be used with password_verify.
The salt parameter is optional. However, crypt creates a weak hash without the salt, and raises an E_NOTICE error without it. Make sure to specify a strong enough salt for better security.
password_hash uses a strong hash, generates a strong salt, and applies proper rounds automatically. password_hash is a simple crypt wrapper and compatible with existing password hashes. Use of password_hash is encouraged.
The hash type is triggered by the salt argument. If no salt is provided, PHP will auto-generate either a standard two character (DES) salt, or a twelve character (MD5), depending on the availability of MD5 crypt(). PHP sets a constant named CRYPT_SALT_LENGTH which indicates the longest valid salt allowed by the available hashes.
The standard DES-based crypt returns the salt as the first two characters of the output. It also only uses the first eight characters of string, so longer strings that start with the same eight characters will generate the same result (when the same salt is used).
The following hash types are supported:
CRYPT_STD_DES - Standard DES-based hash with a two character salt from the alphabet "./0-9A-Za-z". Using invalid characters in the salt will cause crypt() to fail.
CRYPT_EXT_DES - Extended DES-based hash. The "salt" is a 9-character string consisting of an underscore followed by 4 characters of iteration count and 4 characters of salt. Each of these 4-character strings encode 24 bits, least significant character first. The values 0 to 63 are encoded as ./0-9A-Za-z. Using invalid characters in the salt will cause crypt() to fail.
CRYPT_MD5 - MD5 hashing with a twelve character salt starting with $1$
CRYPT_BLOWFISH - Blowfish hashing with a salt as follows: "$2a$", "$2x$" or "$2y$", a two digit cost parameter, "$", and 22 characters from the alphabet "./0-9A-Za-z". Using characters outside of this range in the salt will cause crypt() to return a zero-length string. The two digit cost parameter is the base-2 logarithm of the iteration count for the underlying Blowfish-based hashing algorithm and must be in range 04-31, values outside this range will cause crypt() to fail. "$2x$" hashes are potentially weak; "$2a$" hashes are compatible and mitigate this weakness. For new hashes, "$2y$" should be used. Please refer to this document for full details of the related security fix.
CRYPT_SHA256 - SHA-256 hash with a sixteen character salt prefixed with $5$. If the salt string starts with 'rounds=<N>$', the numeric value of N is used to indicate how many times the hashing loop should be executed, much like the cost parameter on Blowfish. The default number of rounds is 5000, there is a minimum of 1000 and a maximum of 999,999,999. Any selection of N outside this range will be truncated to the nearest limit.
CRYPT_SHA512 - SHA-512 hash with a sixteen character salt prefixed with $6$. If the salt string starts with 'rounds=<N>$', the numeric value of N is used to indicate how many times the hashing loop should be executed, much like the cost parameter on Blowfish. The default number of rounds is 5000, there is a minimum of 1000 and a maximum of 999,999,999. Any selection of N outside this range will be truncated to the nearest limit.
The string to be hashed.
Using the CRYPT_BLOWFISH algorithm, will result in the string parameter being truncated to a maximum length of 72 bytes.
An optional salt string to base the hashing on. If not provided, the behaviour is defined by the algorithm implementation and can lead to unexpected results.
Returns the hashed string or a string that is shorter than 13 characters and is guaranteed to differ from the salt on failure.
When validating passwords, a string comparison function that isn't vulnerable to timing attacks should be used to compare the output of crypt to the previously known hash. PHP provides hash_equals for this purpose.
There is no decrypt function, since crypt uses a one-way algorithm.
|8.0.0||The salt is no longer optional.|