How can I decrypt a password hash in PHP?


I need to decrypt a password. The password is encrypted with password_hash function.

$password = 'examplepassword';
$crypted = password_hash($password, PASSWORD_DEFAULT);

Now, let's assume that $crypted is stored in a database (there's a "users" table, with usernames, passwords, etc) and I need to do a login: I have to see if the password entered by the user matches the encrypted password stored in the database.

This is the sql code...

$sql_script = 'select * from USERS where username="'.$username.'" and password="'.$inputpassword.'"';

...but $inputpassword is not encrypted, so it's not equal to what is stored in the password field of the table users...

So, there's a function to decrypt after the use of password_hash? Or should I change my encrypt method? Or what else?

This question is tagged with php mysql encryption

~ Asked on 2014-06-03 20:51:40

The Best Answer is


Bcrypt is a one-way hashing algorithm, you can't decrypt hashes. Use password_verify to check whether a password matches the stored hash:

// See the password_hash() example to see where this came from.
$hash = '$2y$07$BCryptRequires22Chrcte/VlQH0piJtjXl.0t1XkA8pw9dMXTpOq';

if (password_verify('rasmuslerdorf', $hash)) {
    echo 'Password is valid!';
} else {
    echo 'Invalid password.';

In your case, run the SQL query using only the username:

$sql_script = 'SELECT * FROM USERS WHERE username=?';

And do the password validation in PHP using a code that is similar to the example above.

The way you are constructing the query is very dangerous. If you don't parameterize the input properly, the code will be vulnerable to SQL injection attacks. See this Stack Overflow answer on how to prevent SQL injection.

~ Answered on 2014-06-03 20:56:23


The passwords cannot be decrypted as will makes a vulnerability for users. So, you can simply use password_verify() method to compare the passwords.

if(password_verify($upass, $userRow['user_pass'])){
     //code for redirecting to login screen }

where, $upass is password entered by user and $userRow['user_pass'] is user_pass field in database which is encrypted by password_hash() function.

~ Answered on 2017-12-17 06:44:56

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