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Introduction

Validates the strength of a password according to several rules:

  • size

  • 3+ numbers

  • 2+ special characters

  • uppercased and downcased letters

  • combination of numbers, letters and symbols

  • password contains username

  • sequences (123, abc, aaa)

  • repetitions

Some results:

  • 123: weak

  • 123abc: weak

  • aaaaaa: weak

  • myPass145: good

  • myPass145$: strong

Install

sudo gem install password_strength

If you want the source go to github.com/fnando/password_strength

Usage

strength = PasswordStrength.test("johndoe", "mypass")
#=> return a object

strength.good?
#=> status == :good

strength.weak?
#=> status == :weak

strength.strong?
#=> status == :strong

strength.status
#=> can be :weak, :good, :strong

strength.valid?(:strong)
#=> strength == :strong

strength.valid?(:good)
#=> strength == :good or strength == :strong

ActiveRecord

The PasswordStrength library comes with ActiveRecord support (tested on AR 2.3.5 and 3.0.0-beta).

class Person < ActiveRecord::Base
  validates_strength_of :password
end

The default options are :level => :good, :with => :username.

If you want to compare your password against other field, you have to set the :with option.

validates_strength_of :password, :with => :email

The available levels are: :weak, :good and :strong

You can also provide a custom class/module that will test that password.

validates_strength_of :password, :using => CustomPasswordTester

Your CustomPasswordTester class should override the default implementation. In practice, you're going to override only the test method that must call one of the following methods: invalid!, weak!, good! or strong!.

class CustomPasswordTester < PasswordStrength::Base
  def test
    if password != "mypass"
      invalid!
    else
      strong!
    end
  end
end

The tester above will accept only mypass as password.

PasswordStrength implements two validators: PasswordStrength::Base and PasswordStrength::Validators::Windows2008.

ATTENTION: Custom validators are not supported by JavaScript yet!

JavaScript

The PasswordStrength also implements the algorithm in the JavaScript.

var strength = PasswordStrength.test("johndoe", "mypass");
strength.isGood();
strength.isStrong();
strength.isWeak();
strength.isValid("good");

The API is basically the same!

You can use the :exclude option. Only regular expressions are supported for now.

var strength = PasswordStrength.test("johndoe", "password with whitespaces", {exclude: /\s/});
strength.isInvalid();

Additionaly, a jQuery plugin is available.

$.strength("#username", "#password");

The line above will validate the #password field against #username. The result will be an image to the respective strength status. By default the image path will be /images/weak.png, /images/good.png and /images/strong.png.

You can overwrite the image path and the default callback.

$.strength.weakImage = "/weak.png";
$.strength.goodImage = "/good.png";
$.strength.strongImage = "/strong.png";
$.strength.callback = function(username, password, strength) {
    // do whatever you want
};

If you just want to overwrite the callback, you can simple do

$.strength("#username", "#password", function(username, password, strength){
    // do whatever you want
});

Get the files:

TO-DO

  • Rake task to get the latest JavaScript file

License

(The MIT License)

Copyright © 2010:

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the ‘Software’), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED ‘AS IS’, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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