One of our clients asked us to migrate his existing Django application to Ruby. A part of this process was a migration of an existing users database.
Of course we had to find a way to use existing crypto passwords from Django and not asking our users to reset them
Passwords in Django are stored as a string that consists of four parts splitted with a dollar sign.
By default, Django uses the PBKDF2 algorithm with a SHA256 hash. I found a rather outdated Ruby gem that implements a Password-Based Key-Derivation Function and gave it a try.
def migrate_django_password_seamlessly(user, password) alg, iteration, salt, django_password = user.crypted_django_password.split('$') attempt = Base64.encode64( PBKDF2.new(password: password, salt: salt, iterations: 36000).bin_string ).strip # check if hash of user provided password equals to the password in a database if attempt == django_password user.update(password: password, password_confirmation: password) end end
The method above is a part of user sign in service and called only if
users table is not null.
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