Use this tag for questions relating to authentication mechanism (i.e. proving to the system that you are you, using passwords, keycards etc.). In general don't use this and the security tag on the same question, unless it is about the security of the authentication process.

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Certificate extensions in generating and signing certificartes using openssl

References: SSL Configurations for Intermediate certificate How to add my own created certificate authority to system trusted repositories Why I can't find a page which tell me what's the kind of ...
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Failed to sign CSR with the CA root key

I'm trying to implement Mutual Certificate Authentication , I have to be the CA and server at the same time , generate certificates and sign them for users. and I'm following this tutorial which is a ...
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Session terminates immediately after authentication

I have a RedHat 5.3 server with several regular users created. Since last Friday the user "xpto" is getting "Authentication failed" error messages. Tha account isn't locked out. I have reset the ...
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keeping keys on an auxiliary removable drive

It seems that servers are only as secure as the machine that holds the keys and that in turn means the desktop/screensaver password is the line of defence for not only the desktop itself but any ...
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How do I restore authentication for Debian Lenny synaptic package manager?

My neighbor calls me to fix things when his cats walk on his keyboard and cause problems that he can't fix. This time it happened while he was running synaptic package manager. After the reload, ...
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LDAP on openSUSE

I'm trying to run an LDAP server on a openSUSE 12. But I have a couple of doubts. What I whant is this: testing.com with 2 OU (Info and People ). So the right way would be ou=Info,dc=testing,dc=com. ...
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How to protect my anonymity and authenticity in Irc?

I use irssi for playing multiplayer/programming game with random people. Some people take the game a bit too seriously so I want to protect my identity in it. I do not want that someone misuses my ...
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/private/var socket not created with postfix/dovecot sasl

I'm currently running into a problem I have with my email server. I try to setup Postfix and Dovecot with SASL authentication but I get the following error when I connect with telnet (port 25) to the ...
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Fetch, authenticate, and download a post-install script on FreeBSD

I'm on a fresh FreeBSD install and want to download and run a post-install script from a private BitBucket repo. My fetch attempt returns an authentication error: ~# fetch ...
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What prevents RHEL7 default PAM config's “nullok” option from allowing empty passwords?

The config /etc/pam.d/password-auth is included by several PAM services including sshd. This is its auth stanza: auth required pam_env.so auth sufficient pam_unix.so nullok ...
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Cannot login to svn server

I have a SVN server on my Raspberry Pi (Raspbian). It has a project under the directory /welcome, I want to add users to it. My users would be admin with password admin and user2 with password ...
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Samba prompts for a password twice

I have a relatively new samba install configured to give Windows users access to some log files on a syslog server ("littleEngineer"). However it's prompting for a password to just get a share listing ...
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Fedora 20. Authentication requires a different password from su

In Fedora 20 (using Mate desktop) I have tried to change the default keyboard layout from US English to UK English, but am asked for "Authentication". The password I have for su is not accepted, and I ...
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How to recover from this NIS & NFS client error?

I have a centralized NIS and NFS server on my server. I use this server to control 100 Linux clients, /$home/ directory and authentication are served by the centralized server. The other day in one of ...
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How do I setup kerberos authetication in Fedora 19

I cannnot seem to find documentation on setting up Kerberos authentication on my Fedora 19 workstation. Which files and programs are involved? My Kerberos server is a corporate AD.
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FTP transfer: I can see files on remote machine, but remote user can't

I had to transfer a few videos and photoes on a FTP server. For that, the person on the remote machine gave me the IP address of that machine where I had to transfer. He told me to transfer by FTP. ...
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HTTPS Authentication problem : Polipo

I use internet behind http proxy, and that requires authentication. I tried using polipo to bypass the authenticated proxy to 127.0.0.1:9134. Applying these settings to my browser, works fine for ...
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Pamtester automate password testing

We have a system image which uses a default password for root. This should be changed, though I have a feeling not all users do this. I know I can test login with pamtester: # pamtester system-auth ...
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Assigning an identity to an IPsec policy in Linux

Page 36 of RFC2367 (PF_KEYv2 Key Management API) states that when the kernel needs an IPsec security association for an outbound packet, but does not have one, it will ask the key management daemon ...
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kinit returns error salt type 3 unsupported on FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE install

When attempting to run kinit to log into a Kerberos V5 realm I get the following error on a default install FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE kinit: krb5_get_init_creds: salt type 3 not supported Any ideas?
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SSL handshake failure with Shibboleth [closed]

I am using Shibboleth for single user authentication and it needs a ssl configuration which facilitates the user authentication process. Before it was working fine but now I am facing a SSL handshake ...
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“No PostgreSQL user name specified” - possible concurrency issues?

For my dissertation I'm running the same cronjob on around 300 machines, which is: 10,25,40,55 * * * * /path/to/db_script.sh 1>/dev/null This script gets some values from the system (whether ...
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What does sudo su work but su does not? [duplicate]

I have tried this on Fedora and on Ubuntu. kshitiz@kshitiz:~$su su: Authentication failure kshitiz@kshitiz:~$sudo su root@kshitiz:/home/kshitiz# I am entering the same password in both the cases. ...
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SSH authentication using gssapi-keyex or gssapi-with-mic (publickey not permitted)

My company has disabled SSH public key authentication, therefore I have to manually enter each time my password (I am not suppose to change /etc/ssh/sshd_config). However gssapi-keyex and ...
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SSH public key authentication works on LAN and not from WAN

I've setup my SSH server to use public key authentication. When I connect to my server on local network, it authenticates. But it doesn't when I connect over the internet. I don't think the problem ...
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Ssh 'access denied' from one host but not the other

Consider the following scenario: I have a Debian-ssh-server setup and exposed it to the internet for some time for testing. Also I have an account which is basically configured as root in the sudoers ...
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what does pam_env.so really do?

Having the following line: auth required pam_env.so Documentation happily says "This module is required—it must run successfully for authentication to proceed." ...
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How to set Linux to ask for authentication when running potentially dangerous commands?

I've faced times when I accidentally ran dangerous commands and lost all my data. How do I set Linux to ask for current user password or root user password when running potentially dangerous commands ...
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apt-get update and package authentication

Sometimes when you try to apt-get install a program, you get a warning message about how some packages couldn't be authenticated. Doing an apt-get update will sometimes fix the problem, but sometimes ...
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How to set password of cups 1.3.7 (/etc/cups/passwd.md5) without prompting?

My company is using CUPS v1.3.7, I would like to allow users to be authenticated only in the cups web interface and not via SSH. I imagine, i should use the authentication type BasicDigest in ...
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Smart Card local authentication

Is it possible to use smartCard for local authentication ? So that, rather userID/password combination, an user can authenticate himself by inserting card and by providing it's PIN number. RDesktop, ...
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xscreensaver sometimes unlocks locked screen automatically, after returning from monitor standby mode

I am using xscreensaver to lock my screen. Additionally to that, my monitor goes to "standby" , i.e turn display off, after 30 minutes of inactivity. It has happened to me twice now, that I have ...
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Authentication very slow (both with ssh and su)

I'm having a problem on one of our production servers where the login attempts become progressively slower as time passes. After roughly 5 days it becomes so slow that some critical processes/cron ...
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Howto Tell if a System authenticate with password only or through PAM

If my computer has the pam package installed and has the directory /etc/pam.d/sshd, does it mean for sure when I ssh to my computer, I am authenticated through pam modules? The /etc/pam.d/sshd looks ...
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In Fedora 17 kde I don't know user or password to authenticate printer installation

I am trying to set up a new computer with Fedora 17 and KDE both working ok. I have plugged in an HP laser USB printer, and am trying to set it up. I enter "system settings -> printers" from the KDE ...
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Setting up the superuser password for the first time

How can I set up the super user password for the first time in Zorin OS, since the installer didn't ask me to provide one. I have experience with Fedora and openSUSE, but they asked me for the ...
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Sendmail relay without authentication

I have an issue:when the email is sent from an address other than 127.0.0.1 the authorization is required even if ip is on the same machine. How can I avoid to make request authorization for a given ...
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Unable to login to my server using ssh

Yesterday I was migrating to my new server, needed to use rsync, I created a RSA key, so that rsync could connect, I saw an error that says add to trusted key in location x I didn't have that location ...
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Unable to login with SSH-RSA key

This post is following this question : Authentication refused: bad ownership or modes for file /var/git/.ssh/authorized_keys . The issue as exposed there is solved (about files modes of the ...
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is iptables broken on my raspberry-pi? how to fix?

I am getting some person(s) trying to brute force my ssh, from multiple ip addresses (small sample) : May 22 19:50:02 rpi sshd[1272]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 ...
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ldap user on samba share

I have two servers: one is ldap and the other is samba. I have an existing user on the ldap server for an ldap client. Now I want to use this user account with samba to give share access permissions ...
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Configure ldap client without yast

I'm configuring an LDAP client in a large number of Suse servers. The only way that I know to do this is using Yast, and this way is slow. I can't find another way. Anyone know another way to do ...
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Mixing authentication types in Apache

Currently, I'm using Apache to host my project repos (mercurial) and use Kerberos auth for users to push. The same Kerberos password is used to log in through SSH and there is a LDAP backend for user ...
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Why does my SD card need authentication to access?

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on a Toshiba Chromebook 2 via crouton. I recently reformatted a 256GB SD card that I keep in my chromebook at all times. My problem is that every time I try to access my SD ...
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Authentication error with apt-get

I am trying to install CppCMS (A C++ network library) on my Debian computer. I have added the repository sources to sources.list file. When I run: $ sudo apt-get source cppcms I get the warning ...
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Authenticating a virtual machine against a git server

I have a CentOS 7 VM hosted on a Scientific Linux machine (Both branches are Red Hat). I'm using docker as the SW to emulate CentOS over SL. Communication between both is done through a bridge (a ...
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authenicate OpenSUSE 10.2 client to CentOS 6.6 LDAP server

In our company, we have a network where I installed a working LDAP server for our CentOS 6 servers (FTP/WEB/Pydio/VOD/etc servers) about 25 of them. All working perfectly with LDAP authentication. ...
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Putty not asking for Two Factor Authentication Code

I'm running a CentOS 7 server. So I've installed Two Factor Authentication with Google Authenticator a while back and all was well. However I can't access my server at the moment over SSH. PuTTY and ...
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Please provide pptpd authentication methods other than chap secrets

I have setup VPN with pptpd service and authentication via CHAP secrets. What other methods are available with pptpd for authenticating users. Any scope of using public keys.
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cups printing system user authentication

I have started to implement CUPS printing service. How to manage users(controlling unauthorized user to print). As it is network printer it should be protected from unauthenticated user. So, please ...