Questions regarding password-based authentication and password management

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“no such user” but user is in passwd file

Looking at the files in /etc/: /etc/group:lbutler:*:1005: /etc/master.passwd:lbutler:$6$s..../:1005:1005::0:0:L Butler:/home/lbutler:/bin/bash /etc/passwd:lbutler:*:1005:1005:L ...
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Passwords for newly created users?

I am fairly new to Linux and I have question regarding users. When I use the useradd command I don't specify a password. I must use the passwd command afterwards. Does this mean that the user is ...
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Why do we need an expiration period?

Why is there a gap between the expiration of an account and its complete deactivation, when one can no longer log in or change his password when it became expired?
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SSH authentication: either SSH keys or one time password

I have an Ubuntu 10.04 Linux server that I normally ssh into (from my home machine) using ssh key authentication. However, sometimes I need to ssh remotely from potentially insecure machines (like ...
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Disable svn plaintext password storage for all users

By default, Subversion allows users to save their password in plaintext in ~/.subversion/auth/svn.simple. I'm investigating options for storing encrypted passwords in svn, but at the very least and ...
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GNOME-keyring KWallet integration?

I use some GNOME apps, and some KDE apps, so some of them use G-keyring and some KWallet... What I would like to have is a single place for managing passwords. Is there a way to integrate G-keyring ...
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different passwords depending on plugged-in devices

I would like to have different passwords for my account(s): When (e.g.) a certain USB stick is plugged in then an easy password is to be used. The idea is: If I leave my computer then I take the stick ...
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Any random password results in successful login on tty

I can login to my machine (FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE) for any user (for example: root or operator or any that exists in /etc/passwd) with any random password that I type... I tried to reset password for ...
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epiphany plugin for password storage

I am looking for a keepass plugin for epiphany. Something like PassIFox for Firefox: PassIFox "behaves" like a new password storage for firefox - and redirects all queries (fetch/store etc..) to ...
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How do I set the password of a new user after the account has already been created?

I used the 'useradd' command to create a new account, but I did so without specifying the password. Now, when the user tries to log in, it asks him for a password. If I didn't set it up initially, ...
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Why is the 'sudo' password different than the 'su root' password

On my personal machine, I often type sudo in front of certain commands in order to accomplish administrative tasks. I had hoped to avoid doing this throughout the day, by typing su root and providing ...
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Remote shell script Enter passphrase for

How can I run a script to log into a remote server and execute a remote ssh command without entering in my passphrase? For example: When I log onto a remote server and execute the git pull command I ...
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How to disable the try again password in ssh command

I want the ssh command to only allow one chance in typing the password, if the password was wrong at the first time the ssh will return Permission denied (publickey......). Is there a flag that ...
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Not able to set password in ArchLinux

I logged in as root and created a new account: # useradd -d /home/onie -m onie # su onie Now I try to set the password for onie myself using the passwd command, but it's asking for my current ...
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No password to run command as root for fixed command? [duplicate]

Is it possible to define a rule in sudoers to allow one user to run one well defined command as root, without password or other authentication except being the right user? Are there alternatives to ...
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How to check for empty passwords?

Looking at all the ssh-login attempts by script-kiddies I assume that there are messed up systems connected to the internet that have password-less accounts set up. But how to check a Linux/Unix ...
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Why is 8 numbers considered a “strong” password?

Just curious as to why 8 numbers are accepted as a password in linux (CentOS if it matters) and not 8 characters on a non-dictionary word. It's 10 vs 26 per digit after all. (52 counting CaSe ...
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Force Firefox to remember passwords on particular sites

Usually, when I log into a website with username and password, Firefox asks whether it should remember the login details. When I click yes, next time I visit the website, the username and password ...
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How to see password as we type it

In debian wheezy terminal i type su - It ask for password, which i type but it dont show anything as Password: I want to it to show at least some asterisks as the placeholder for the password ...
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Graphically ask for password in a bash script and retain default sudo timeout setting

The sudo -A (SUDO_ASKPASS) option apparently causes sudo to lose the timeout (e.g., timestamp_timeout) setting. I want to use the sudo -A option but I want to retain the default timeout (e.g., 15 ...
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Automated ssh login with passphrase?

Logging onto a machine over ssh typically requires a password to be entered before access is granted. Alternatively, a key/certificate (without a passphrase) can be installed onto the remote machine ...
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How to reset KDE wallet password in linux?

I have installed OpenSUSE on my laptop. I am trying to connect to my wifi. I entered my wifi password (correctly) and then it is asking for my KDE wallet password. I set the KDE password but forgot ...
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How to log into database via script securely?

I am wondering about whether it is acceptable (security-wise) to have database login credentials (user/pass) set in an environment variable or passed in as a command-line parameter? Both of these ...
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Why SSH is asking for my private key password each time

Since yesterday, each time I try to connect to an ssh server, I got asked for my password. What should I do to make SSH not ask for my password each time.
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automatic passwordless ssh at login/restart

I want to have passwordless ssh to persist even after after I restart or logoff and then login. Somehow I have to run ssh-agent and use command ssh-add at login. I read here to add following lines to ...
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Save password in bash script for multiple queries

I would like to know if there is a safe way to only be queried for a password once in a custom bash script, and then save it somehow to be used for later needs. At the end of the script it should be ...
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Changing password in multiple boxes using script

I'm working in a environment which has around 400 AIX boxes. I don't have root access and I'm a normal user. The environment has no LDAP kind of centralized mechanism for authentication so the ...
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Preventing `passwd` for asking for the local password

I have setup the sever to only use LDAP for authentication by using authconfig-tui. Everything works well but, when I run passwd, I get two prompts for a password: [beamin@rhel6-test-server1 ~]$ ...
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Can KWallet manage my ssh passwords?

I need a way to store some SSH passwords. Note that these are login passwords which I need to pass to ssh; key authentication is unfortunately not an option. I'd like to be able to have KWallet fill ...
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Stracing su and ssh shows the password. Is this a security flaw or am I missing something?

I'm currently fascinated by strace so, being new to it, I decided to play around a little. As suggested by the question title, I tried both strace su and strace ssh. Both commands displayed the ...
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/etc/shadow date of last password change—UTC or local time?

man 5 shadow gives the following description of the third field in each line: The date of the last password change, expressed as the number of days since Jan 1, 1970. The value 0 has a ...
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Why rejection of password is much slower than acceptance of it? [duplicate]

In both my Linux and OSX machines when I type in the password to login, a correct password is accepted immediately. However, if I type a wrong password, checking process takes much longer. How is ...
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Two ways to lock a password but only one to unlock

CentOS 6 Linux has two ways to lock a password: passwd -l usermod -L Today I found out, that they do something different. passwd writes two exclamation marks into the shadow file. # passwd -d ...
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How to reset password on an encrypted fs?

I've got a laptop which I haven't used since the last summer vacation: I did put Debian 7 on it and used Debian's feature to fully encrypt the disk, besides a tiny bootloader (or a tiny partition) I ...
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Login into a GNU/Linux distribution is taking too long

So, When I try to login with my username and password (in tty), and insert a wrong password, I need to wait around 5 seconds for the system to tell me that the password is wrong. Why the validating ...
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Something like pwgen-win for linux?

Is there some kind of pwd generator for Linux that has a nice GUI and options like this one for Windows? I know that there is pwgen, but as far as I know it does not support mouse/keyboard entropy and ...
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Determining the Password Status of a User

I have a debian box that I connect to via SSH. I have removed the password from the users root, and my personal account using the instructions here, and set up a public/private key pair so I can log ...
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Encrypt word X to /etc/shadow encryption

I've changed my password to X and the shadow file has changed to: ahmad:$1$oYINSKjP$eCkCtJV/2dXerAD57WQPj/:15425:0:99999:7::: I see the encrypted X as $1$oYINSKjP$eCkCtJV/2dXerAD57WQPj/. How can I ...
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How to set password for users in AIX using single line command?

Is there any way in which I can set the password for a newly created user account in AIX in a one line command? I don't want to give any prompt to the user. If there is a command, it should set the ...
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Password protecting a system file? (e.g. /etc/resolv.conf)

I am trying to parental control myself by restricting web access via OpenDNS. The OpenDNS account password will be handed to someone trustworthy. Now, I want to put some restriction on the ...
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scp: localhost password not accepted

I'm attempting to copy a public key to a remote server. I'm logged in locally as [localname] and the key resides locally at ~/.ssh/. I'm also ssh'd into [remote.com] as [remotename], and attempting to ...
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sudo testing for credentials

I have a working bash script, that may run from 0 to 8-9 minutes. It requires sudo if it finds a problem and needs to change permissions/ownership on a file. I do not want to wait for the sudo prompt, ...
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Avoid “Authentication token manipulation error” on password change

I'm implementing a security policy that will force the users to introduce stricter passwords when they change their own: The /etc/pam.d/passwd configuration file is: #%PAM-1.0 auth include ...
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How to change the forgotten root password?

I am very new to Debian linux, I forgot my root password...actually I think I know what it is because it is the same password I have for pretty much everything but in the Terminal in tell me "Sorry, ...
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How to create a user with given password on SuSE from command line?

I need to create bunch of new users with given password. What I want is a script that I would pass the user name of new user and it will create/add the user and set its password. (the password is the ...
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Randomise or shred memory of an application

Is it possible to randomise or shred memory of a particular application just after its life ends, or better, whenever it deallocates some memory? A command-line utility like this would be perfect: ...
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Self-contained password manager with CLI [closed]

I'm looking for a password manager that has the following properties: The manager is entirely self-contained. I take and install a directory on a thumbdrive and execute from that drive. It should ...
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Why ssh-copy-id prompts for the local user password three times?

Noticed from my previous question that when trying to copy an SSH public key to a remote host via ssh-copy-id, I am prompted for the local user password three times: ssh-copy-id myuser@myserver ...
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Two-step remote ssh without password

I'm looking to ssh from my localhost to a remote server, and from there to a remote computer. I currently have it set up so that the remote computer and remote server have passwordless ssh-ing set up ...
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Is it possible (and a good idea) to do `pw lock root` on FreeBSD?

I have set up sudo on my FreeBSD server. As I now never want to log in as root anymore, I was wondering whether I should do sudo pw lock root. My questions are: Is this possible, without forever ...