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Created July 8, 2011 12:12
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Using bcrypt to secure passwords in a Perl application
use Crypt::Eksblowfish::Bcrypt;
use Crypt::Random;
$password = 'bigtest';
$encrypted = encrypt_password($password);
print "$password is encrypted as $encrypted\n";
print "Yes the password is $password\n" if check_password($password, $encrypted);
print "No the password is not smalltest\n" if !check_password('smalltest', $encrypted);
# Encrypt a password
sub encrypt_password {
my $password = shift;
# Generate a salt if one is not passed
my $salt = shift || salt();
# Set the cost to 8 and append a NUL
my $settings = '$2a$08$'.$salt;
# Encrypt it
return Crypt::Eksblowfish::Bcrypt::bcrypt($password, $settings);
# Check if the passwords match
sub check_password {
my ($plain_password, $hashed_password) = @_;
# Regex to extract the salt
if ($hashed_password =~ m!^\$2a\$\d{2}\$([A-Za-z0-9+\\.]{22})!) {
# Use a letter by letter match rather than a complete string match to avoid timing attacks
my $match = encrypt_password($plain_password, $1);
my $bad = 0;
for (my $n=0; $n < length $match; $n++) {
$bad++ if substr($match, $n, 1) ne substr($hashed_password, $n, 1);
return $bad == 0;
} else {
return 0;
# Return a random salt
sub salt {
return Crypt::Eksblowfish::Bcrypt::en_base64(Crypt::Random::makerandom_octet(Length=>16));
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kordaff commented Sep 3, 2018

Turning an octet binary string into base64 adds 1/3 the length of the binary string, so this works better yet in the above gist, no additional $salt=substr($salt,0,16), on a 22 character base64 string that I was getting, will be required:

sub salt
return Crypt::Eksblowfish::Bcrypt::en_base64(Crypt::Random::makerandom_octet(Length=>12));

PS Thank you both, this was what i was looking for to avoid sending plaintext pw to database to compare to hashed pw there. Much better.

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