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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Configure SSL Mutual (Two-way) Authentication

I was asked to do it "Configure SSL Mutual (Two-way) Authentication" and I don't know where to start or how to test it . server and many clients . they can access code on server only if they have a ...
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SMTP Auth - SASL on Dovecot, Postfix and CentOS 6.2 (and Open-Xchange)

I am trying to get open SASL to work on CentOS 6.2. I followed this tutorial: http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/postfix_sasl I suspect it works perfectly for CentOS 5.x so all I really need is an update ...
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nsswitch cache and nscd [closed]

I have an LDAP directory server installed that stores all the user data in one server and I have an ongoing authentication mechanism using pam to request user information from it. This works very ...
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manually redirecting X output through ssh

I have a remote server, on which I am able to log in with ssh. However there is no home directory for my user. When I try to ssh -X to that server, ssh tries to put a cookie into ~/.Xauthority which ...
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How to do svn update without password on crontab [closed]

I'm new to svn and ssh. I'm trying to do svn update of 5 repositories in my local system every 3 hours on crontab. So, to achieve this I have setup ssh passwordless login using the below steps: ...
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How to authenticate a user with PAM, that is not the user that started the application

I'm currently developing an authentication module for an application. The decision was made to do this by using PAM. I have made this work but it can only authenticate the user that started the ...
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mounting a CIFS filesystem directly or via fstab

I am encountering a problem in which mounting a remote CIFS server without an fstab entry works, but mounting through fstab does not. The following command works: $ sudo mount -t cifs //w.x.y.z/Home$...
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Execute a script automatically through pbrun?

There is a Unix environment named sftwrk01, uatwrk01, intwrk01 and some more I need to check the logs in each environment everyday by login in as below (through pbsu which is a wrapper for pbrun): $...
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How to control authentication attempts in PAM?

I would like to configure the no. of times user will be prompted for password(authentication attempts) for login, before dropping the session. Does PAM support this case, if so can you help me out ...
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telnet accessing website with authentication

I am trying to access httpbin.org with basic authentication. I must enter a username and a password. Using telnet in the command terminal(linux) I execute at least : telnet httpbin.org 80 HEAD /...
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Locally deny login to users authenticated via LDAP

I have a RedHat Linux server that are is use for more than 1000 users Users names are coming to the server via LDAP protocol, so login authentication is from the LDAP My question: is it possible to ...
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Dynamic password authentication

I would like to know how can I (and if it's possible) create a dynamic authentication for a user in linux. The server would change the user password periodically and the user would use a program (...
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Connecting to Github from server

I am trying to connect to Github from a server running Jenkins. To do this, I'm copying my public key from another server, into the authorized_keys on the new server. All I'm getting is the ...
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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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Command-line web browser with Kerberos authentication?

QUESTION: Is there a Kerberos-friendly web browser usable via an SSH console? I have tried links but it does not seem to work with Kerberos (the webapp asks me for login/password even though I have a ...
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“SSH Virtual Kiosk”. Does “PermitEmptyPasswords yes” work? - How to make ssh user with empty password, so random users can use it?

How to make properly secure ssh account with empty password for running trusted binary? I'd like to make a kind of "virtual ssh Kiosk" for random users, while limiting "demo app" behind ssh "pseudo-...
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Can a Linux server that authenticates against an Active Directory accept public/private keys for passwordless login?

I have a Linux server that authenticates users against an Active Directory. Now interactive logins require username and password and automatic login requires a keytab (Kerberos) for passwordless ...
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Debian package's files authentication

I know that dpkg keeps md5sums of configuration files for each package installed, so it can tell whether they are changed or not when upgrading. Does it keep md5sums for regular (non-configuration) ...
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Apache 2.4 basic auth don't work

i have a problem with basic auth to apache 2.4, i have this line: <VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin email@email.com DocumentRoot /var/www/html/foo ServerName my.domain.com <...
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Throttle accounts after failed SSH login attempts

I have to set up a server that will allow remote logins. Obviously security is an issue. In this first pass we are discussing:- Locking a person for 15 minutes if they fail to login correctly three ...
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Allow a python application to run if the user's password is wrong

Is it possible to let a python program execute only if a wrong password is given at the login screen of my raspberry pi?
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How to disallow usage of an LDAP root account

I am responsible for a couple of servers at my university. All of these machines are configured to talk to the LDAP server of my departement to allow centralised user logins. On this LDAP server there ...
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Replacing graphical sudo prompts with sudo command

I'm trying to replace gksudo, pkexec and its ilk with sudo. However, I'm told that using sudo <graphical_program> is a bad idea. Would the following work as a decent replacement? sudo -H <...
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Is there any shared filesystem based on public key authentication?

I normally use NFS, however I am not so comfortable with the security as basically a root user can just change his UID to an arbitrarily one in order to obtain access to a shared folder. Moreover, ...
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How do I impersonate a windows domain account user from a linux process?

I'm running a process on a Unix box (I think it's a recent version of Red Hat, I can check for more detailed info if relevant), under a local user. I would like to access some network resources, via ...
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Can't su root after editing PAM confiugration on Rackspace Linux box

I've just hosed a system. Working on pam-ldap on an Ubuntu box, I've run pam-auth-update and told it to override local modifications (which had previously allowed for sudo su, but I was having issues ...
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Setting up Samba to use AD server for authentication?

I am looking for howtos or instructions on setting up Samba to use an AD server for authentication instead of using a Samba password file. Pointers to documentation helpful, especially the right ...
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ssh fails for an unix server due to dual layer of authentication

I have a server which has dual authentication layer. Meaning first a user has to login to the box using his userid and then use a group id to access the development folder (say). Now I have a script ...
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What strings should I look for in /var/log/auth.log?

I wrote a bash command to scan /var/log/auth.log for messages occurring on the current day indicating unauthorised access. Currently it just fetches messages matching BREAK-IN and unauthorized. What ...
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The most secure Alpine SSHD Configuration

I'm experimenting with Docker's alpine image and OpenSSH. The sshd_config file that ships with alpine has everything commented out by default. I only uncomment Port 22. I assume this is the most ...
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debian 8.2 can no longer su to root

If I try to "su root" with an incorrect password, I get the expected 'authentication failure'. If I try to with the correct password, I get 'setgid: Operation not permitted" I have tried the usual '...
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MongoDB authentication failed?

I'm currently trying to set up a secure MongoDB database for my various applications, but whenever I try to login with a username and password, but the shell always replies with Error: Authentication ...
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Red Hat 7 GDM + NIS Only Validates First 7 Characters of Password

I've come across an interesting issue this morning. We have noticed that GDM on RHEL 7 is allowing us to log-in with only the first 7 characters of password. We can enter anything or nothing from ...
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Dogtag CA after installation

After Dogtag 10 installation(step by step by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3eElJAz7lU) when I open Admin (https://localhost.localdomain:8443/ca/agent/ca/) I get following error Problem ...
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persisting multi-factor user data for custom pam authentication in CentOS 7

I am designing n-factor authentication for CentOS 7 using a custom PAM module. When the user tries to SSH, they will be texted a pin code, and be prompted to enter the pin. Where should I store the ...
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Mutt authentication fails because username string is malformed

I'm trying to set up mutt to work with our internal email server. Our user names have the form user@domain.lan But when mutt tries to authenticate, it appends the mail server's url to the username ...
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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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Simple Radius authentication

I'm looking into using Radius as an authentication server for a few Ubuntu servers when accessing through SSH. I have tried using libpam-radius-auth but it doesn't work quite as I need. My goal is to ...
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Why is gksu asking me for root password and not my password?

On one of my systems, I'm running Gentoo Linux and I've installed x11-libs/gksu-2.0.2-r1. I've disabled the root account using sudo passwd -dl root and I want to be able to run GUI apps which need ...
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Cannot login for one user, changing password have no effect

I have change the user's (user1) password using root passwd user1 but when i tried to ssh user@localhost or through gdm or tty it always failed the journalctl log shows Failed password for user1 ...
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How does the authentication process with the salted hash in shadow work

Does the supplied password during login get converted to a salted hash and then compared to the one in /etc/shadow? /what if the user is in LDAP but not in the shadow file? Would it use kerberos?
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Reset password for regular user who is locked out

I'm a complete noob in Linux and I'm stuck in a situation where I'm logged in an Linux box from putty but on of my colleague, who was trying to login on same machine from his machine blocked my user ...
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How to get the authentication status from the last PAM module run

If I have the following PAM stack: auth required default_pam.so auth requisite my_custom_pam.so .... How do you obtain the authentication status from the last/previous PAM module run for use in ...
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How to configure Samba to use Windows's login ID?

I'm trying to access the Linux share folder from Windows using Windows's domain authentication. I come across the integration of Windows Active Directory into Samba on a Linux box, thus I have this ...
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Mount home partition on user login

I got a VPS with a user dedicated to store my files. As i am aware of the current situation with the NSA and many other governments, and my VPS is hosted on a doubtful country i would like to ensure ...
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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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Where would I find where an .htaccess file is located and being used on a Mac OS X Lion server that sets Basic Auth on an Apache server?

I've installed some software, namely, a continuous integration (CI) server (Jenkins) on a Mac Mini running Lion Server. The server, by default, runs from port 8080 on local host via the url: http://...
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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 ...