Questions regarding password-based authentication and password management

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How do I log in to Mint when I've forgotten my password?

I'm brand new to Linux. I bought a laptop with Linux Mint 17.1 installed on it, but I can't remember the log in password. Is there a way of disabling it?
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/etc/passwd shortest password

I need to put one character inside the password file so that nobody can notice. I thought that if I was able to put the password as plain text and put something like a space nobody would ever find ...
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What is the difference between these two ways of reseting the root password?

I know several ways to reset root user's password, but want to know which is the best and why it is. For example: A method: Grub > 'e' init=/bin/sh (Remove rhgb and quiet tags if necessary) > ctrl+x ...
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How to Find the number of password entries that are on the server? in unix [closed]

Find the number of password entries that are on the server? in UNIX
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What is “-l” option do to the passwd command? [duplicate]

I have seen people use passwd -l "$USERNAME" , But the linux man page does not explain what the -l option is for. What does it do ?
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How can I update a password without entering the password twice?

I effectively have a sticky keyboard (host machine to RDP to vCenter to virtual console), but need to update the password of a VM I am building. Using the rescue environment CentOS media offers, I ...
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Where do my keypresses go ?

Scenario (Ubuntu 14.04.2) : I wake Ubuntu from suspend. I know (from past experience) that it only takes 2 or 3 seconds for the lock screen to become available. My monitor, however, takes longer - ...
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Why should you NEVER edit the /etc/shadow file directly?

In another answer here on UNIX & Linux Stack Exchange Michael D Parker wrote, in response to someone saying that doing so was "safe", that:Usually you should NEVER edit the /etc/shadow file ...
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smd5 - generate by unix tool or perl

I have problem on Unix, have to create a lot of passwords in smd5 but don't know how to generate smd5 passwords using some unix tool or perl in a form: {smd5}DoZgZ.OE$vSg4ZH7Bpy0BCdXNzBj001 I have ...
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Persistent SSH port forward without public keys

Problem I haven't found a solution to run an SSH port forward in a reliable and persistent fashion, when the server you are connecting to does not support public-key authentication. Question What ...
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How to blacklist common passwords on UNIX systems?

If we have a file on a server (Linux, AIX, etc) that contains the common passwords, how can we filter passwords based on this?
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md5 password hash

I'm looking to create a md5 hash to use in /etc/shadow. Someone suggested using grub-crypt. Every time I put the same password in I get a different hash. [root@endpoint ~]# grub-crypt --md5 Password: ...
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can a super user steal passwords from other users with keylogging?

First, before I get answers containing information that I already know, yes, I'm aware that the superuser can reset passwords, and yes, I know that the superuser can log in as other users without ...
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Cannot update password policy for user

I am trying to update the password policy for a user. It should be as follows: Must be changed every 30 days Once changed, cannot be changed for 3 days Must be disabled after 45 days of inactivity ...
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'Pass' password manager - does it require public key?

The 'pass' password manager uses gpg keys. http://www.passwordstore.org/ However, gpg itself can be used for symmetric encryption of files. Does pass only work using public/private keys, or is it ...
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provide password for script begin called inside another script [duplicate]

I have written a shell script which in turn calls another script, but the second one prompts for password. I want to supply the password and pass the prompt without user begin notified. Here is my ...
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set samba password now can't login

In trying to get samba server configured on my Fedora I used the following command to set a password: sudo smbpasswd -a user 'user' also happens to be the main user account on the system: the one I ...
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Why 'mkpasswd -m sha-512' produce different result every time it is called?

I am using this function to create a password in the shadow file $ mkpasswd -m sha-512 password $6$o50n4EfNOBzfs$K5l5AcOI5e0I9n2df0LmR11OLSPKSVM6AGBOnWVfDDfMubb46MrAj0zehdLNEoYzD2fj5q4XUdDwexj/dWLHy/ ...
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Cracking .cap file without dictionary

.cap file taken by airodump handshake I need to crack .cap file with bruteforce attack If the password between 8 and 12 letter containing characters+numbers+symbols I tried simple crunch command ...
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Automating setup of the SSH tunnel

I need to frequently login to many machines but I can only login to them from a proxy machine or using an SSH tunnel (by tunneling through that proxy machine). The problem is that I cannot use ...
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What does “,,,” mean in the 5 column in /etc/passwd file? [duplicate]

There are 7 fields in the /etc/passwd file :username,Password,User ID (UID),Group ID (GID),User ID Info,Home directory,Command/shell. Part of rows in my /etc/passwd : avahi:x:105:110:Avahi mDNS ...
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migrating local users to LDAP

I have sucessfully setup LDAP and LAM on a raspberry pi in my home network. I have several Linux machines around the house, some Windows machines, aswell as a QNAP TS-210 NAS. They all have the same ...
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providing password to ssh [duplicate]

The situation: I have an IP : 192.168.1.1 $IP username : root (or whatever) $USER and a passwd: foo $PASSWD Is there a way to give $PASSWD to ssh ? like PASSWORD_VAR=$PASSWD ssh -l $USER $IP ...
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Different password for login and sudo - security concerns

I'm planning to follow the steps described in this answer to have a different password to log in and sudo. The reason is that I want a high security password to access my account or unblock the ...
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execute script and enter password from one command

I have a script that uses CUPS lpstat -h command. However, the remote server I am trying to get a response from asks for a password. But I need to execute this script from within Nagios, so I have ...
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How can I tell if my password is set?

I have been using this server for a few months. At the beginning I sent the admin my public ssh key, and he set up the account for me, and I have only used the ssh key to log in. I definitely didn't ...
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A consistent and safe approach to passwordless accounts with SSH

I must admit that I like servers without passwords in some cases. A typical server is vulnerable to anyone who has physical access to it. So in some cases it is practical to lock it physically and ...
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Returning from a sleep the desktop displays shortly (before entering password), privacy issue

OS: Linux mint 17.1 Cinnamon 64-bit Cinnamon version 2.4.6 Intel Celeron: 900 @ 2.20Ghzx1 Memory 2 Gb Graphics Card: Intel Mobile 4 series integrated When I return to my computer after it has been ...
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How to generate many passwords with kpcli?

Keepass has password generating function. Q: How can I generate example: 400 000 passwords with kpcli to a text file?
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NCR unix system v/386 release 4 recover root password

we have NCR 3455 system from long time as attached all information for server (images) , so we need your help to assist us to get root password which lost it , really we appreciate your efforts if ...
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How strong is the encryption of a zip file in Linux Mint

Zip encryption has had often a bad reputation of being weak, but some would argue that a zip file encrypted using certain algorithms (such as by using AES), together with strong password, is really ...
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Any disk encryption that locks itself for some time after a number of failed attempts?

Is there any way to have your disk/partition/file encrypted (in Linux or as a hardware encryption; no Windows here) in such way that it locks itself for say 10 minutes after say 3 failed unlock ...
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How to install software on to multiple linux clients

Is there any free way or method for ssh that could be used to install and update linux clients for a ubuntu laptop. I do not have password less ssh but the admin password is the same for all of the ...
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How passwd command from non-root account succeeds

I am trying to change my password as a non root user : passwd The data is updated in /etc/shadow, but checking the permission i get: ---------- 1 root root 6076 Jan 27 17:14 /etc/shadow cat ...
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Can't enter GNU GRUB boot menu!

so I booted up an old Linux Mint machine today and I can't seem to remember the password. So I wanted to reset the password using the instructions on Mint's website but when I hold shift the GNU GRUB ...
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removing `nullok` from system-auth prevents any root password

[ this is a follow-up on my post on ServerFault : http://serverfault.com/questions/661136/root-accepts-any-password-how-to-change-to-a-real-password ] On an old system the root account accepts any ...
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Where does Linux store Wifi passwords?

I am going to write a simple replacement for Ubunutu's NetworkManager. Is there any place where the Wifi network passwords would be stored in Linux? I know about ...
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NIS and /etc/passwd

Shadow passwords are to be avoided in a NIS server, as suggested in this guide at paragraph 7.6. So: in a NIS server (a Unix or Unix-like system), should all the users be migrated to /etc/passwd from ...
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Password protected zip archives open without password

I have a zip archive that is password protected in linux(the password is "secret"). However, whenever I try to open the zip file I am not prompted for a password or anything. I also have a python ...
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SSH not giving indication that the public key is being used for login

I have a public key to log on to my server. This key is password protected. However, when I log in to my server, there's no indication that the key is ever used. I just log in with my password as ...
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What are the Implications of Passwordless SSH

If UNIX users reach servers via SSH, and we only want to allow pubkey logins, are there any other items that need to be added to this list, that I should be concerned with? Allow pubkey login in ...
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Linux graphical password dialog trick security

When we run a command by sudo, the password is asked [sudo] password for user If the sudo is not typed the password should not be asked. If asked, I would assume it as a fraud by the application. ...
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How do I securely automate inputting passwords?

I would like to automate an SSH connection so that I wouldn't have to enter password and I am not allowed to use authorized_keys. I was thinking about making an expect script but I don't know where I ...
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how to pass a password with a cron job safely?

I have a site map generator script placed in this URL http://www.mydomain.com/admin/sitemapgen/ However this URL is protected with an username and a password in auth_type basic method. I need to ...
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How can I configure Linux to not require sudo for specific commands for specific users?

I am sure this question has been asked before but I can't find an answer. I would like to configure Linux so that when I enter specific commands (e.g. apt-get), I wouldn't have to enter password as I ...
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Warn about password expiration without forcing change

It's pretty simple. I would like to figure out what combination of changes in /etc/login.defs and/or /etc/pam.d/system-auth-ac I would need to perform to allow the following behavior: I want a ...
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Password fail delay is too long - Linux Mint 17

As per the title, the delay after a failed password is very long. In /etc/pam.d/login, FAIL_DELAY is configured as auth optional pam_faildelay.so delay=3000000 however, actual delay is ...
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Mint maximum user passtext length?

Strangely, I can use a long passtext, approximately 64 words long, for disk encryption, but I'm having trouble with user password lengths. Certain steps fail like the installer or unlocking the ...
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Alias for perl script

So far while surfing web I've discovered nice addition to my gpg password generator and I've decided to adjust my alias with these commands. Here is the code gpg --gen-random 1 20 | perl -ne'print ...
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upload and dowload the files from server without giving password

I want to download the file from sever by using cron job, so I need to use scp command without giving password by keyword. How do I do so?