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Hello I am working on a project, and I am trying to compare the user name and password credentials to log in to my website. I do have the password hashed in the database, and have a stored procedure set up. I can get it to work if the password is in plain text, but now that it is hashed for better security, I cant get it to work that way. Here is a look at my code, and any help would be greatly appreciated.

private bool CompareStrings(string string1, string string2)
return String.Compare(string1, string2, true, System.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture) == 0 ? true : false;

public void LogInAccount(string UserName, string UserPassword, Label InvalidLogIn)
connection.ConnectionString = @"Connection String";

string compare = @"Select UserName FROM UserInfo WHERE UserName=@UserName AND UserPassword=HASHBYTES('SHA2_512', @UserPassword)";

//string compare = "select ISNULL(UserName, '') As UserName, ISNULL(UserPassword, '') As UserPassword from UserInfo where UserName= @UserName";

SqlCommand CompareUser = new SqlCommand(compare, connection);
//SqlCommand Command2 = new SqlCommand("select * from SignUp where FirstName= @FirstName", connection);

//Command2.Parameters.AddWithValue("@FirsName", FirstName.Text);

CompareUser.Parameters.AddWithValue("@HASHBYTES('S HA2_512', @UserPassword)", UserPassword);

CompareUser.Parameters.AddWithValue("@UserName", UserName);

SqlDataReader dr = CompareUser.ExecuteReader();

//string User = UserName;
//string UserPassword = Password;

//HtmlAnchor LogIn = (HtmlAnchor)Master.FindControl("LogIn");
//HtmlAnchor SignUp = (HtmlAnchor)Master.FindControl("SignUp");

while (dr.Read())
if (this.CompareStrings(dr["UserName"].ToString(), UserName) &&
this.CompareStrings(dr["UserPassword"].ToString(), UserPassword))
InvalidLogIn.Visible = false;
FormsAuthentication.RedirectFromLoginPage(UserName , true);
InvalidLogIn.Visible = true;

Thanks a lot
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Just at a glance, there are a couple things that jump out at me. First, you have specified HASHBYTES as the parameter name in the call to add the password parameter to the sql command. You are already creating the hash in the sql command itself when doing the compare so just pass the password as the parameter to that command. Instead of
CompareUser.Parameters.AddWithValue("@HASHBYTES('S HA2_512', @UserPassword)", UserPassword);
just do this

CompareUser.Parameters.AddWithValue("@UserPassword", UserPassword);
On another note, consider adding a salt value to your hash to make it a little more secure. In fact, if possible, make the salt unique to the user and store the salt with the user info. That way the salt is different for each record.
If that does not help, I can attempt to look a little more in depth, but that might be your problem.

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