Password Hashers


This is using the php constant PASSWORD_DEFAULT for the encryption method. The default hash type is bcrypt.

See the php documentation for further information on bcrypt and PHP’s password hashing.

The config options for this adapter are:

  • hashType: Hashing algorithm to use. Valid values are those supported by $algo argument of password_hash(). Defaults to PASSWORD_DEFAULT
  • hashOptions: Associative array of options. Check the PHP manual for supported options for each hash type. Defaults to empty array.


This is a password hasher for applications that have migrated from CakePHP2.


The fallback password hasher allows you to configure multiple hashers and will check them sequentially. This allows users to login with an old hash type until their password is reset and upgraded to a new hash.

Upgrading Hashing Algorithms

CakePHP provides a clean way to migrate your users’ passwords from one algorithm to another, this is achieved through the FallbackPasswordHasher class. Assuming you want to migrate from a Legacy password to the Default bcrypt hasher, you can configure the fallback hasher as follows:

$service->loadIdentifier('Authentication.Password', [
    // Other config options
    'passwordHasher' => [
        'className' => 'Authentication.Fallback',
        'hashers' => [
                'className' => 'Authentication.Legacy',
                'hashType' => 'md5',
                'salt' => false // turn off default usage of salt

Then in your login action you can use the authentication service to access the Password identifier and check if the current user’s password needs to be upgraded:

public function login()
    $authentication = $this->request->getAttribute('authentication');
    $result = $authentication->getResult();

    // regardless of POST or GET, redirect if user is logged in
    if ($result->isValid()) {
        // Assuming you are using the `Password` identifier.
        if ($authentication->identifiers()->get('Password')->needsPasswordRehash()) {
            // Rehash happens on save.
            $user = $this->Users->get($this->Auth->user('id'));
            $user->password = $this->request->getData('password');

        // Redirect or display a template.